Boniek: Lewandowski was hurt – RMF 24

“Lewandowski was hurt. In the last two years he was the best player, he scored the most. In 2020 he won the German championship, the Champions League, etc. It was the biggest mistake that in 2020 – it is not known why – the French did not award the Golden Ball. I do not understand it at all. The fact that the gala could not take place does not prove anything yet “- said Zbigniew Boniek, honorary president of the Polish Football Association, in the afternoon interview at RMF FM, commenting on the results of the poll for the best football player in the world 2021.” If Robert had won the title in 2020, his second place might have been different this year. I think Jorginho should be in first place, who was the symbol of Chelsea, who won the Champions League and the symbol of the Italian team, which won the European championship “- he translated.

When I was the president of the Polish Football Association, we had a visit by the CBA, which said that he was coming to us and there was nothing to us, but on some other matter. Then we checked if we had wiretaps. We wanted to somehow protect ourselves so that nobody would eavesdrop on us – admitted the honorary president of the Polish Football Association Zbigniew Boniek in an Afternoon conversation at RMF FM. Who, in his opinion, installed the listening device that was found in October in the office of his successor Cezary Kulesza? The narrative that makes me laugh the most is that the old Polish Football Association could have left the wiretap. We know football, we like football. We don’t play such things – Boniek assured. Where did this wiretap come from? I do not know. It was an eavesdropping so funny, so strange, so provincial and ineffective that it is not known what we are talking about – he noticed.

When I became the president of the Polish Football Association, I realized that I was the president for 4 or 8 years. I knew that I was not the owner of any company, but a representative of the Polish Football Association. At the end, I already felt that in Poland after 8 years being the president is not that easy. People in Poland get bored. We Poles like to push people down from above, and not to lead them up – said Zbigniew Boniek, honorary president of the Polish Football Association in the Internet part of the Afternoon conversation at RMF FM.

According to Bonek, “stairs” started to appear at the end of his term. Politics began to interfere in this – said the RMF FM guest. CBA visit and any campaigns, what were they caused? The fact that the Polish Football Association was working badly? he asked rhetorically. He did not want to answer the question why the Central Anticorruption Bureau appeared in the Polish Football Association. I do not know. I am no longer the president of the Polish Football Association, so I will not comment on it he said evasively.

Piotr Salak: Mr. President, we know from Monday evening – Leo Messi with the Golden Ball. Robert Lewandowski only in second place. Has he been hurt?

Zbigniew Boniek: I think so, he was hurt – for a little different reason. In the last two years he was the best player, he scored the most. In 2020, he won the German championship, the Champions League, etc. It was the biggest mistake that in 2020 – it is not known why – the French did not award the Golden Ball. I don’t understand it at all. The fact that the gala could not be held does not prove anything yet. Something else could have been done, to highlight the player who was by far the best. Accumulating these two years, Robert absolutely deserved to win such a title. However, if he won the title in 2020, his second place would probably look different this year. I think Jorginho should be in first place, who was the symbol of Chelsea who won the Champions League and the symbol of the Italian national team that won the European Championship. As it turned out, it seems to me that the French made a colossal mistake. Robert deserves this distinction the most.

Mr. President, these are not French. It’s us journalists. Journalists from all over the world voted. Generally guess again wine journalists.

Yes, when something goes wrong, it is always your fault (laughs – ed.). The problem is that we do not know why “France Football” did not award the Golden Ball in 2020.

I will tell you – because the rules have changed – says “France Football”, because the games were started when the stands were full, they were finished with empty stands, the Champions League formula was changed, the rules for changing teams on the pitch were changed.

And what?

Changed rules during the games – the basic rule when it comes to the world of football and the world of sport in general. The French came to the conclusion that this was a sufficient reason not to award the Golden Ball.

Oh there, I don’t believe them.

Do such plebiscites matter to you? The Lord was third in 1982. Is it just a plebiscite, a beauty contest or is it an important distinction for a footballer?

This is a beauty contest. Just like a pretty woman who was once chosen Miss when she is 70, she sometimes likes to look at her picture and say: “Please, how pretty and young I was.” The same here – somewhere in a person is that someone was in the third, fourth, second, first place. It stays, you remember it, it is associated with a job well done. I have to say I’m glad I was in third place once. I also think I was hurt. I should have been in the second, not the third. I was overtaken by Giresse, who this year was not comparable to what I achieved with Juventus and with the Polish national team. We even defeated them in a direct match for third place.

Now let me ask you provocatively: who is the greatest footballer in Polish history?

You can say when it comes to today’s times – absolutely Robert Lewandowski.

But I am not talking about today – I am talking about Polish history, about the history of Polish football. How do you look at the last 40-50 years.

The competitor who won the most of all is Grzegorz Lato. He won silver medals twice, was at two Olympics, won Olympic medals etc. It seems to me that Grzegorz Lato is not a better footballer than Lubański, Deyna, Lewandowski. Today it is safe to say that Robert Lewandowski is the best striker in the world. If someone says that he is the best footballer in the history of Polish football – I have no problem with that. I always say this: my cabinet is mine and nobody will take anything from it. Let Robert fill his showcase as much as possible – I wish him the best that he would win the Golden Shoes, be the best footballer for FIFA, etc. The more good, cool, great players we have, the more the football movement in Poland will develop. Robert Lewandowski has done a fantastic job for Poland. As a Pole, at this gala he was almost the best of all – he spoke good, cool, fluent English, he looked nice. It all had arms and legs, and that’s it. Nowadays, it seems to me that we need Poles to represent us well in the world.

We leave the Golden Ball. Are we advancing to the World Cup finals? What do you think about the draw-off draw?

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David Martin is the lead editor for Spark Chronicles. David has been working as a freelance journalist.

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