- Robert Lewandowski was ignored by France Football as Argentine legend and PSG star Lionel Messi bagged the Ballon d’or award
- Former goalkeeper Oliver Kahn has expressed disappointment saying Lewandowski deserved it ahead of the former Barcelona captain
- Kahn praised Messi for winning the prestigious prize, but insisted that the Bayern Munich striker should have won it
Former Germany goalkeeper Oliver Kahn has stated that Polish striker Robert Lewandowski deserves the Ballon d’Or after it was handed to Argentine superstar Lionel Messi, Sport Skeeda reports.
Kahn stated categorically that the Bayern Munich forward has been outstanding for years and deserved to win the coveted prize ahead of Messi.
Lewandowski finished in second position in one of the tightest races for the prize, with Jorginho, Karim Benzema and N’golo Kante making up the top five, respectively.
Kahn who was personally present during the awards took to social media to congratulate Messi, but expressed disappointment that Lewandowski was not handed the piece.
Kahn wrote via All Football:
"In addition to being named striker of the year, @lewy_official [Robert Lewandowski] would have deserved #BallonDor as well, because he has been doing absolutely outstanding every day for years. Congratulations to Lionel Messi.
"Even without the Golden Ball, Lewy has long since made it to Olympus, the greatest in world football. I am excited to see which records he will set with our club in the future. He will be a candidate again next year."
Lewandowski was named the inaugural striker of the Year for his exploits as he finished as the top scorer in the world for both club and country.
Ramos backs Messi for Ballon d'Or
Despite their years of rivalry, Sergio Ramos has backed Lionel Messi to win the 2021 Ballon d'Or award.
The two players linked up together at Paris Saint-Germain in the summer on free transfers.
For years, the duo has never seen eye-to-eye in the world of football as they both turned out for rival clubs in the La Liga.
However, Ramos seems to have switched allegiance to the Argentine, revealing that he hopes he wins this year's edition of the Ballon d'Or.
Fans upset with France Football for awarding seventh Ballon d'Or to Messi
Legit.ng earlier reported that social media went wild on Tuesday, November 30, with a heated debate on who deserved the 2021 Ballon d’Or more between Lionel Messi and Robert Lewandowski.
Messi was crowned the best player on the planet by France Football for a record seventh time in a colourful ceremony in Paris, with Lewandowski managing a second-place finish.
The Bayern Munich forward was however also recognized on the night, as France Football feted him with the ‘Striker of the Year' award.