Messi to Lewandowski: You deserve a Golden Ball last year

“Robert, you deserved a Golden Ball last year. The pandemic was an obstacle, but I think you should get this award,” said Leo Messi at the gala where he was awarded the Golden Ball. The Polish forward Robert Lewandowski came in second.

The “France Football” awards gala was held at the Paris Theater du Chatelet. The best player in the world was Leo Messi. The second place was taken by Robert Lewandowski. The Pole was also awarded the title of the best goalscorer of the year.

It’s amazing to be here again. Two years ago, I thought this was the last time. The key was winning the Copa America. Winning at the Maracana Stadium meant a lot and I was very happy to celebrate with my fellow Argentinians Messi said at the ceremony.

I don’t know if this is the best year of my life, I had a long career but it was a special year with the title for Argentina after hard times and criticism – added.

Messi also turned to Lewandowski himself. Robert, you deserve a Golden Ball last year. The pandemic stopped, but I think you should get this award – He said. Last year, France Football canceled the plebiscite due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Robert Lewandowski also took the floor during the gala, who received the award for the best goalscorer of the year. I am very proud to be here. Almost two years after the difficult time of the pandemic. I am very happy to be back here. I’m always ready to score in the penalty area. I would also like to thank my coaches and colleagues, without them it would not be possible – admitted the Polish footballer.

Golden Ball for Messi. Robert Lewandowski top scorer of the year

Messi, 34, left Barcelona in the summer and strengthened Paris Saint-Germain, as the only one in history, he won the Golden Ball seven times (Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo – five times). The Argentine previously triumphed in 2009-12 and in 2015 and 2019.

In the previous season, with 30 goals, he turned out to be the most effective player in the Spanish Premier League and became the top scorer for the eighth time. With Barcelona, ​​he won the King’s Cup (Spain). In July, however, he won the South American championship with the national team of Argentina for the first time in his career, also being recognized as the best player of the tournament.

“France Football” has been giving its award since 1956. In 2010-2015, the magazine and the International Football Federation (FIFA) jointly awarded one player with the FIFA Golden Ball, but since 2016 the polls for the best players are again conducted separately.

Journalists from around 180 countries vote. This year, they were able to send votes until October 24.

Last year, France Football canceled the plebiscite due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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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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