ROBERT LEWANDOWSKI could still be awarded a Ballon d’Or prize despite losing out to Lionel Messi this year.
The Bayern star was pipped to the prestigious accolade by Messi to the dismay of many of football’s elite including Real Madrid veteran Toni Kroos, Iker Casillas and Gary Lineker.
Lewandowski could be handed the Ballon d’Or in a shock reverse decisionCredit: Getty
The Pole missed out on the prestigious prize to Messi – a decision that left critics bewilderedCredit: CHINE NOUVELLE/SIPA
Kroos felt Lewandowski was the obvious winner ahead of Messi.
The Paris Saint-Germain striker himself agreed that Lewandowski should get a golden ball after missing out last year due to Covid and said so in his acceptance speech.
Even Pascal Ferre, the editor in chief of France Football who organise the prestigious award, admitted that he voted for Lewandowksi instead of the Argentine.
And although the majority of his peers picked Messi, Ferre reckons there should be an open discussion amongst his colleagues about giving a Ballon d’Or to Lewandowksi.
He said, reported by Marca: “The Ballon d’Or is based on a democratic system. There are 170 members of the jury and they have decided to vote for Messi.
“I didn’t put Messi first. I chose Lewandowski, but I think Messi deserves the Ballon d’Or as well.
“What Messi said [about Lewandowski deserving the 2020 Ballon d’Or] was nice and intelligent.
“I think we don’t have to make decisions too quickly. We can think about it and we should.”
It’s the second year the Pole’s been hard-done-by, albeit unwittingly, at the hands of France Football.
Lewandowski was favourite to scoop the trophy last season before the French organisation axed it due to the coronavirus pandemic for the first time in 64 years.
In a stunning 2019-20 season, the 33-year-old scored an impressive 51 goals in just 49 games for Bundesliga champs Bayern in all competitions.
However, Ferre refused to declare that Lewandowski would’ve been the clear cut winner in spite of his incredible goal haul.
He added: “We can’t be sure if Lewandowski would have won the Ballon d’Or last year.
“We can’t know because there was no vote, but, to be honest, he had a good chance of winning it.”
Last season, a relentless Lewandowski was just as clinical, hitting the net 48 times and providing nine assists in 40 matches in all competitions.
His epic goal tally helped Bayern lift the Bundesliga, DFL-Supercup, UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup.
In contrast, Messi who was with Barcelona at the time, scored 38 goals in 28 games, chipping in with 18 assists along the way.
However, Messi’s contribution could only help Barca lift the Copa del Rey trophy in the previous campaign.
He also led Argentina to Copa America glory, helping them beat great rivals Brazil in the final.
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