Robert Lewandowski on Ballon d’Or 2020 and Lionel Messi

Torhunter Robert Lewandowski reacted with disappointment to his defeat at the Ballon d’Or. “When I heard the result, I was of course sad somewhere, I don’t want to deny that,” he told the streaming platform Viaplay Sport Polska. The Argentine Lionel Messi received the Golden Ball for the seventh time in Paris last week, Bundesliga top scorer Lewandowski had to be content with second place in the prestigious election carried out by the French specialist newspaper “France Football” despite his strong season. The fact that he was honored as the best goalscorer was little consolation for the exceptional Polish footballer.

“Yes, of course you have a feeling of unsatisfied desire when you are so close and competing with a great and brilliant footballer like Messi and hear voices that you should have won that. Of course, I respect Lionel Messi, how he plays and what he has achieved. Just the fact that I can compete with him, in a way, shows me what level I am at and I’m very proud of that, ”said the 33-year-old striker. “But to be honest: I was sad. I’m glad we didn’t have a game during the week. “

After being honored, Messi said to Lewandowski on stage: “Everyone knows that you were the winner last year. I think France Football should give you the 2020 award. You deserve it and you should have it at home too. ”There was a pause at the Golden Ball award last year due to the pandemic.

When asked whether he only took it as a PR scam or meant it as honest, Lewandowski said: “I would like it to be a sincere declaration by a great footballer and not just empty words.” However, he is not so fixated on it to actually get the 2020 award. Bayern President Herbert Hainer also spoke out in favor of a subsequent award of the Golden Ball to Lewandowski for the 2020 season. “I think the idea is good,” he said in an interview with “Sport Bild”. “It would be our wish if things got moving.”

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