Robert Lewandowski Criticize Lionel Messi speech
Messi, 34, controversially won the 2021 award over Lewandowski, 33, despite many fans and analysts believing the Polish striker was more deserved.
The Bayern Munich striker was the best player in 2020, but he was denied the Ballon d’Or since the competition was canceled due to Covid.
Messi admitted that Lewandowski earned the trophy for 2020 in his acceptance speech, and urged event organizers France Football to award the Pole his award retrospectively.
‘Everyone agreed you were the winner last year, and I believe France Football should award you the Ballon d’Or you so well deserve,’ he added.
The 33-year-old, on the other hand, was persuaded by Messi’s remarks, dismissing them as “empty words” before stating that he is uninterested in a small prize.
‘I’m not very excited about winning the prize in 2020,’ Lewandowski told Kanale Sportowym via Marca.
‘I’d like it [Messi’s 2020 Ballon d’Or statement] to be a genuine and gracious message from a great player, rather than simply empty words,’ says Messi.
‘I felt sadness,’ Lewandowski said of the near-miss last week. It’s impossible for me to deny.
‘I can’t say I was pleased; on the contrary, I was dissatisfied. I’m experiencing a sense of melancholy. Being so close to Messi and competing against him, I have a lot of respect for how he plays and what he has accomplished. The fact that I was able to compete with him demonstrates the extent to which I had progressed.’
Since the start of the 2019-20 season, Lewandowski has scored 130 goals in 108 games, and his failure to win the Golden Boot will act as inspiration for his Bayern Munich teammates, according to Thomas Muller.
‘Last night’s Ballon d’Or award ceremony was obviously a disappointment, for some even a little more, from the Bavarian, Polish, and German points of view,’ Muller stated after the verdict.
‘Although I’ve been in the industry for a little longer and wasn’t shocked by the result (it happened with Franck Ribéry in 2013), the whole affair has created or re-solidified a concept in me: We have fantastic players in the Bundesliga and don’t need to hide.’
‘However, further international victories are required for global recognition.’ That’s a major motivator for me as well, to put everything on the line to bring the Champions League back to Munich and show the rest of the world what we’re capable of.
‘And, above all, what Germany has to offer in terms of soccer.’ The next opportunity to do so will be next Wednesday during FC Barcelona’s Champions League encounter. Let’s get started!’