The Bayern Munich star player had to be willing to finish second behind Messi who won the 2021 Ballon d’Or. Even though not a few felt that Lewandowski deserved to win the award.
In his speech at the event, Messi later said that Lewandowski should have won the 2020 Ballon d’Or. As is well known, last year’s Ballon d’Or was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Robert Lewandowski then gave a not-so-positive response to Messi. “I’m not that enthusiastic about getting an award in 2020. I want that (Messi’s statement on the 2020 Ballon d’Or) are sincere and polite words from a great player and not just nonsense,” said the Polish player.
However, later Lewandowski confirmed that his comments were misinterpreted. Lewandowski actually felt touched by the former Barcelona star’s statement at the 2021 Ballon d’Or event.
“My statement, which I made in an interview with a Polish television/Via Play broadcaster is currently being misinterpreted,” Lewandowski told reporters. Daily Mail. “I never said that words Lionel Messi not sincere.”
“On the contrary: Lionel Messi’s speech in Paris, where he expressed his opinion that I actually deserved the 2020 Ballon d’Or, touched me deeply and made me happy.”
“With my statement, I want to express that I would of course be very happy if Messi’s words were heard. I respect and appreciate Lionel Messi more than anything and once again congratulations to him for winning the 2021 Ballon d’Or.” Lewandowski add.
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