Very affected by his second place in the Ballon d’Or, Robert Lewandowski clearly doubts the sincerity of Lionel Messi.
The results of the Ballon d’Or have caused a real controversy. Blame it on the victory of Lionel messi and more in the second place of Robert lewandowski, yet the best striker in the world for two years. But Argentina’s coronation at the Copa America this summer was enough to change the situation.
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The ballot was nonetheless tight, the former Barcelona finally winning with 33 points ahead of the Pole. The difference was made in particular on the first places obtained by the two men, Lionel Messi by accumulating 59 against 44 for Robert Lewandowski. But the Bavarian striker has also paid a heavy price for some more surprising choices. Despite his 65 goals scored in 2021, 27 voters completely ignored him, not keeping him in their Top 5.
I would like Messi to be sincere
If he managed to give the change during the ceremony, the Pole had a hard time digesting his defeat. He recognized it easily on the microphone of Polish television. “I felt sadness, I can’t deny it. I can’t say I was happy, on the contrary. I have a feeling of helplessness. To be so close, to compete with Messi… Of course I respect the way he plays and what he has achieved. Just competing with him shows me the level I have reached. But in reality, I felt sad. It was good that after the ceremony, we did not have a match during the week ”, he confided to the microphone of Kanale Sportowym.
At the time of receiving his seventh Ballon d’Or, Lionel Messi had had surprising attention, indeed asking France Football that the Pole receive the Ballon d’Or 2020, canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic “Lack of sufficient fair conditions”. But the former Borussia Dortmund striker is not thrilled by the idea. Above all, he clearly doubts the sincerity of his rival. “I would like Messi to be sincere, that these are not empty words”, he thus launched, clearly showing his doubts. No doubt right, since the native of Rosario only placed the Pole in third position when he voted for the The Best Trophy.