‘He says what he wants, I don’t care’

Competitors for the Ballon d’Or in 2021, Messi and Lewandowski continue to publicly exchange barbs


THE 2021 Ballon d’Or was delivered in December, but it still continues to be talked about by dispute between Lewandowski and Messi. The Argentine was the winner, leaving the Pole in trouble.

This Monday (30th), Argentina’s number 10 responded to provocations of the center forward Poland in an interview with the broadcaster TyC Sports.

Everyone says what they want and obviously he can express and say what he wants. Sincerely, I don’t agree with what he said, but I don’t care either. It’s happened, it’s been around, he says what he wants and I don’t care“, said.

“But the words I said at that moment were from the heart and because I really felt it. I said he deserved the Ballon d’Or before, because the year before he was the best, for me. But the year I won, he wasn’t the best. I just said it. But he interprets it however he wants.”

In his speech on the stage of the awards, Messi made a point of directing a few words to his competitor. “I want to say to Robert (Lewandowski) that it is an honor to compete with him. You deserve this Ballon d’Or.”

“Last year, the whole world was agreeing that it was the winner and the France Football should have given you the Ballon d’Or. I hope they can give it to you and you can have it at home, because it was a fair winner. It can’t happen for the pandemic, but you deserve it”, he stated.

Lewandowski, however, did not like his words so much and, in a later interview, attacked Messi. “I would like your statement to be honest, not just empty words”.

“With my statement, I just wanted to express that, of course, I would be very happy if Messi’s words were heard. I respect and appreciate Lionel Messi beyond measure and once again congratulate him on winning the Ballon d’Or 2021.”

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