Lionel Messi was the big winner of the Ballon d'Or 2021, but he didn't put aside his humility at the time of the nomination. The Argentine ace acknowledged that Lewandowski, with whom he competed for the award until the end, also deserved to win in the 2020 edition, which ended up not being held on behalf of Covid-19.
"I think France Football should give you last year's Ballon d'Or. We all know you deserved to win it, you were the fair winner of that edition and couldn't do it because of the pandemic. You must have one too. these in your house," Messi told Lewandowski.
Lewandowski was runner-up in the 2021 edition of the Golden Ball. In 2020, the Pole was the clear strong candidate for the award, after 55 goals in 47 games and a triple crown, comprising the Bundesliga, Champions League and Club World Cup.