Predicted by Lionel Messi in the 2021 Ballon d’Or ranking, Robert Lewandowski could finally be rewarded late for his exceptional year 2020, believes Bixente Lizarazu.
A little less than a week after the end of the suspense, the attribution of the Ballon d’Or 2021 to Lionel messi continues to be debated. The Argentinian was rewarded for his title as La Liga’s top scorer and his national team’s victory in the Copa America. But many observers believed that Robert lewandowski, author of a crazy season in the Bundesliga (41 goals in 29 matches), deserved the prestigious trophy.
In the details of the votes, Lewandowski was acclaimed by European journalists. On the other hand, in the rest of the world, especially in North America and South America, it was the former Barcelonan who won the majority of the votes. “I think the reputation (of Messi) has played a lot compared to a player like Lewandowski”, considers Bixente Lizarazu, the consultant of TF1.
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However, all may not be lost for Lewandowski. This is what Lizarazu suggested this Sunday in Téléfoot. “If we have to rebalance something, it’s rebalancing injustice by giving him the 2020 Ballon d’Or. I’ve heard that this could be the case”, said the former defender of Bayern Munich.
“If we have to rebalance something, it’s rebalancing injustice by giving him the 2020 Ballon d’Or. I’ve heard that could be the case.”
😯 According to @BixeLizarazu, Robert Lewandowski would receive the Ballon d’Or 2020!
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– Telefoot (@ telefoot_TF1) December 5, 2021
In 2020, France Football had decided to cancel the Ballon d’Or ballot, highlighting the fact that some competitions had not been completed due to the health crisis. A blow for Lewandowski, who had won everything with Bayern, and would most certainly have inherited what is the ultimate distinction (at the individual level) for a footballer.
This was the opinion expressed by Messi himself on Monday evening. “Robert, it’s an honor to be by your side, you deserved the Ballon d’Or last year, for me you won it and I hope France Football will give it to you. It is not possible otherwise, because I think you deserve to have such a trophy in your home ”, had entrusted the Argentinian. Will he be heard?