Robert Lewandowski clarifies comments on Lionel Messi’s Ballon d’Or award

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Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski has made it clear that he was not out to attack Lionel Messi when he discussed the PSG man’s praise of him during the 2021 Ballon d’Or ceremony.

Messi took the stage and acknowledged that Lewandowski should have won the award in 2020 when the event was canceled, revealing that he wanted France Football to give him a retrospective trophy to mark his achievement.

It was a nice sentiment from the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner, who was up against Lewandowski for this year’s prize as well, and the Bayern man was asked about it during an interview with Kanale Sportowym.

“I would like to [Messi’s statement] to be a sincere and polite statement from a great player and not just empty words, “said Lewandowski.

But in a new statement released to the kicker, Lewandowski stressed that the true meaning behind his words has been lost and he actually tried to praise the Argentine and thank him for his praise.

“My statement, which I made in an interview with a Polish TV broadcaster, is currently being misinterpreted,” he said. “I never wanted to say that Lionel Messi’s words were not sincere or serious.

“On the contrary, I was very touched and happy about Lionel Messi’s speech at the event in Paris, where he expressed that in his opinion I deserved the Ballon d’Or 2020. I just wanted to express my statement that I would obviously be very happy if Messi’s words were be heard.

“I respect and appreciate Lionel Messi immensely and congratulate him once again on winning the Ballon d’Or 2021.”

Lewandowski has given himself a great chance to win the award in 2022, and started the current campaign with 27 goals in 21 games, compared to Messi’s return of four of 13 since he moved to Paris Saint-Germain this summer.

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