Messi won a record seventh Ballon d’Or at a gala event in Paris last week. On stage, Messi took the opportunity to praise Lewandowski, who was the favorite to win the award last year only because the award was canceled due to the pandemic.
“You were the winner last year and French football should give you the prize. You deserve it, you should have it at home too,” Messi said.
But Lewandowksi has not been impressive, and is clearly finding it difficult to let go of the title this year despite breaking the Bundesliga goalscoring record. “I wanted his statements to be honest, not just words,” he said. Bayern Munich striker says to the Polish TV show Moc Futbolu of the Kanale Sportowym.
Lewandowksi added: “I feel sad, I have nothing to hide. I can’t say I’m satisfied because it’s quite the opposite. I don’t feel satisfied… Being so close, competing with Lionel Messi… Of course I respect the way he plays and all that he has achieved. The fact that I can compete with him shows me at what level I can play. But I feel sad and it’s good that we don’t have a game midweek after the gala.”
The German media branded the Ballon d’Or award as “notorious” and claimed that they “tricked” Lewandowski out of the prize.
Messi hit the gong after winning the Copa America with Argentina. Many people were very angry, especially when Lewandowski was the favorite to win 2020 title before the ceremony was canceled as a result of the pandemic.
Lewandowski, who won by a margin striker of the year awards, scoring 38 goals in 30 league games in 2021 and winning the Bundesliga.
German newspaper Bild said Pole was “cheated” and added: “This can’t be true. It’s a scandalous choice.”
Former Germany international and Ballon d’Or winner Lothar Matthaus also couldn’t believe the result.
“With all due respect to Lionel Messi and all the other great nominees, no one deserves it like Lewandowski. France Football did not present this award last year, and if only for all the trophies Robert has won with Bayern 2020, he is champion not only in the past two years.
“But even if you only take 2021 into account, he has been better than the rest. He has broken Gerd Muller’s record of the century, once again topping the list of top scorers in every competition, and has surpassed everyone nationally and internationally this year. ”
The Poland international scored 48 goals in the 20/21 Bundesliga season as Bayern won their seventh consecutive league title and broke Muller’s record of 41.
https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/robert-lewandowski-lionel-messi-ballon-dor-b1971357.html Robert Lewandowski hits Lionel Messi for ’empty words’ after losing Ballon d’Or