Ballon D'or Organisers Respond to Messi's Request to Have Lewandowski Given 2020 Award

Ballon D'or Organisers Respond to Messi's Request to Have Lewandowski Given 2020 Award

  • Lewandowski, despite being a heavy favourite, emerged second in the 2021 Ballon d’or rankings
  • The Poland international also missed out on last year’s awards which were cancelled
  • Messi, the winner of the 2021 Ballon d’or, urged France Football to consider giving Lewandowski last year’s award
  • France Football editor-in-chief Pascal Ferré now says there is a possibility Lewandowski might be handed the 2020 Ballon d’or

France Football will “think about” whether to award Robert Lewandowski the 2020 Ballon d’or award.

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Leo Messi during Ballon d'or awards. France Football editor-in-chief Pascal Ferré now says there is a possibility Lewandowski might be handed the 2020 Ballon d’or. Photo by Aurelien Meunier.
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Lewandowski emerged second in the 2021 awards, behind Lionel Messi who won the coveted individual silverware for a record seventh time.

In Messi’s acceptance speech, the Argentine honourably shouted out Lewandowski, admitting the Poland international deserved to win the award last year.

“Robert, you deserve your Ballon d’Or. Last year, everyone was in agreement to say that you were the big winner of this award,” Messi said.

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“Hopefully France Football will give you the 2020 Ballon d’Or. We all believe you deserved it and I hope you can have it at home.”

The 2020 Ballon d’or ceremony was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

It was an unfortunate twist for Lewandowski, who had been in stupendous form, helping Bayern Munich win the treble. He also won incredible individual awards including the Bundesliga Player of the year.

In what looks like a rejoinder to Messi’s request, France Football editor-in-chief Pascal Ferré said the possibility of recognizing Lewandowski was not ruled out.

Speaking to Watson via Bulinews, Ferre said Ballon d’Or organisers were considering awarding Lewandowski but there was no certainty as no voting was done last year.

"What Messi said was nice and clever. I think we do not have to make very quick decisions. We can think about it and at the same time we should respect the history of the Ballon d'Or, which is based on voting,” he said.

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“We can't be sure if Lewandowski would have won the Ballon D'Or last year. We can't know because there was no vote. But, to be honest, Lewandowski would have had a great chance of winning last year."

Lewandowski continued his impressive form this year, as he hit the 40-goal barrier for a sixth straight year.

In this year’s awards, Lewandowski was feted with the newly-introduced Striker of the Year award.

Source: SportsBrief.com