Lionel Messi won his seventh Ballon d’Or on Monday, but believes runner-up Robert Lewandowski deserves some equipment himself.
Last season , France FootballThe magazine that awards the Ballon d’Or canceled the ceremony for the first time in its 64-year history, when Lewandowski was considered one of the favorites to win. In his victory speech on Monday in Paris, Messi made sure everyone knew the Polish star deserved the trophy.
“I want to tell Robert that it is an honor for me to face him,” Messi said. “You deserve the Ballon d’Or. Last year everyone agreed that you were the winner. I think so France Football He should give you the golden ball so you get it as you deserve.
“or not France Football It can be given to you in your home, because you would have been the real winner were it not for the epidemic. You should have one in your house, too.”
In the 2020-21 season, Lewandowski broke the record set by Gerd Muller for scoring goals in a single season in the German League with 41 goals. This year, he also scored in 19 consecutive games for Bayern Munich from February to September, continuing his prolific run in the past two years.
While the Bayern Munich star missed the Ballon d’Or this season (580 points compared to 613 points for Messi), Lewandowski won the inaugural Striker of the Year award on Monday.
Meanwhile, Barcelona’s Alexia Butillas won the Women’s Ballon d’Or, 19-year-old Barcelona midfielder Pedri won the Copa Cup for the best under-21 player in the world, and Gianluigi Donnarumma won the Yashin Cup as the best goalkeeper in the world.
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