Bayern Munich's striker, Robert Lewandowski has opened up about the Ballon d'Or award he missed out on winning at the expense of Lionel Messi.
Lewandowski was speaking to the press at the Expo in Dubai, which was reported on Talk Sport website on Wednesday, December 29th, 2021. The Polish striker said he could not understand why he did not win the award this year despite all his achievements personally and for his club.
I have had so many questions about the Ballon d'Or. Last year they cancelled it. I could not go. I won everything I could win. This year I scored 69 goals in one season so you know, I did everything that I could do, because in the Champions League against PSG I was injured, I could not play. But with my performance, with myself, if I stand in front of the mirror I can say to myself, you did everything that you can; you scored 69 goals; you won the German league and you can be proud of yourself. I respect other players because they are great players but I know that for me it is important to be myself and think always positively.
The Ballon d'Or award took place on November 28th, 2021 in Paris, France, where Messi was named the winner of the award for the seventh time. According to reports from those who voted, the Argentine got the highest number of votes because of his work rate in leading Argentina to win the Copa America at the expense of Brazil.