A fresh set of comments on the part of Bayern Munich star Robert Lewandowski have surfaced on Monday evening, in which the Pole, in no uncertain terms, appears to take aim at Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi.
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The subject of the ‘Golden Ball’ has of course dominated headlines across the globe over the course of the last week.
This comes after the latest edition of the award, widely considered as the most prestigious individual prize in world football, was handed out for the year of 2021.
In the end, Lionel Messi emerged triumphant, pipping the aforementioned Robert Lewandowski to top spot, and etching his name ever further into the history books of football in the process.
HERE IS THE WINNER!
— Ballon d’Or #ballondor (@francefootball) November 29, 2021
‘Like it to be sincere…’
The aftermath of last week’s ceremony, however, has seen many raise concerns with the Ballon d’Or, and specifically Messi’s credentials for this year’s accolade.
In turn, speaking in an interview with Kanale Sportowym in his home country of Poland (as cited by Marca) on Monday, Lewandowski, the player viewed as most deserving of the prize in the eyes of many, was asked for his take on the situation.
And the Bayern standout went on to admit that he was left altogether disappointed by the outcome of the ceremony:
‘I felt sadness. I can’t deny it.’
‘I can’t say I was happy, on the contrary. I have a feeling of sadness. To be so close, to compete with Messi, of course I respect how he plays and what he has achieved. The mere fact that I was able to compete with him shows me the level that I was able to reach.’
It was Lewy’s ensuing comments, however, which will no doubt go on to cause quite a stir in the media over the days ahead.
This comes with the 33-year-old, after being drawn on Messi’s suggestion that France Football should hand last year’s Ballon d’Or – not awarded owing to the Covid-19 pandemic – to Lewandowski, having labelled the Argentine’s gesture as ’empty words’:
‘I’m not that enthusiastic about getting the 2020 award.’
‘I would like it [Messi’s 2020 Ballon d’Or statement] to be a sincere and courteous statement from a great player and not just empty words.’
Lewandowski: “Me gustaría que Messi sea sincero” https://t.co/bwvpmg66CJ
— MARCA (@marca) December 6, 2021
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