Before we could sit down at the Christmas Eve tables, good news reached us from the British Isles. Robert Lewandowski was named the Footballer of the Year 2021 by “The Guardian”, one of the most opinion-forming newspapers in the world. While the newspaper has a greater influence on world judgments than France Football, its selection is far behind that of the French Golden Ball. However, let us consider whether this trend will not change.
It is no coincidence that FIFA and France Football parted ways. From that moment on, the Golden Ball was no longer an objective trophy, but a prize awarded by a group of sports journalists selected and indicated by France Football.
Remember that the French have always treated the Golden Ball as a form of lobbying. And it was in 1982, for incomprehensible reasons, Zbigniew Bońek overtook Girrese, and recently Lewandowski was ahead of Lionel Messi, based mainly on the name and achievements of previous years, who had one undeniable advantage in the plebiscite – he moved to the French league.
Paolo Condo, who was chosen by the French to vote on behalf of all of Italy for the Golden Ball, so he decided to give priority to his countryman Jorginho, second place – Karim Benzema, third – Leo Messi, only fourth to Lewandowski and fifth to Simon Kjaer. The Sky Sport journalist boasted of his votes on Twitter and got a massive thud. No, not from Polish or German fans, but from my countrymen.
The young politician Christian Conte of the Democratic Party National Assembly was still gentle and wrote back a Condo:
“Personally, I would bet 1) Lewandowski, 2) Benzema, 3) Messi, 4) Jorginho, 5) Kante. Lewandowski is only the fourth one, it is quite a bite.”
Twitter person “Peeliwasbanned” did not leave a dry thread on Condo: “Paulo, good God, I would understand such a choice made by a Somali journalist who does not have electricity and water at home, but you have everything and you should watch and judge the players well.” This comment got nearly two thousand likes.
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The former president of the Polish Football Association, UEFA vice-president Zbigniew Boniek hit the point when, even before the plebiscite for the Golden Ball, he announced: – If Robert does not win, the French will have a problem. This will mean that the plebiscite has gone wrong and they have lost control of it. A much better model would be to entrust the vote to a consilium of professionals, rather than journalists from all over the world.
They have had such a consensus in the Guardian for 10 years. It is made up of authorities that cannot be questioned. Thomas Hitzlsperger, Luiz Felipe Scolari, Roque Junior, Javier Zanetti. Franky Vercauteren and Emre Belozoglu joined the jury. The group of 100 people also included the Polish-American expert Janusz Michallik, Patrik Andersson. 2002 world champion Edmilson.
Each member of the jury selects 40 players, the one from the first position receives 40 points, the second – 39 points, the third – 38 points, the last, 40th player gets only one point. After the votes are summed up, a ranking is created. Ranking where Lewandowski overtook Messi. Mohamed Salah, Karim Benzema, Jorginho, Kylian Mbappe, Erling Haland, Cristiano Ronaldo. N’Golo Kante, Kevin De Bruyne, ROmel Lukaku, Gianluigi Donnarumma, Neymar, Ruben Dias and the 15th Harry Kane.
In this way, “Guardian” and its experts confirmed that the past year belonged to the captain of the Polish national team, the Bayern striker. “Lewy” plays as if he were confessing the maxim of the first lady of the Polish song by Maryla Rodowicz: “There is no passing of time for me.”
The English had no interest in knocking out the “Left” figure. He is not British, nor is he thinking of moving to the Premier League. They simply appreciated the best football player in the world in 2021.
Last year was also a record year for Robert Lewandowski in terms of giving interviews to world media. He’s won all the major gamers, from the New York Times to the Washington Post, Marcca in Spain and 12 Latin American countries, The Time, Sports Illustrated, and Tuttosport twice. Sky “, three times” ESPN “,” CBS “, twice” Kicker “,” Pulse Sport “to six African countries, Chinese” Sport Weekly “and” Dingquidy “,” Zeit “,” ICON “,” Sport Bild “,” GQ magazine, “The Athletic”, “The Players Tribune” after “France Football”.
Michał Białoński, Interia