Lionel Messi continues to make history in world football. The ‘Flea’ raised his seventh Ballon d’Or on Monday, November 29, taking advantage of 2 awards to his closest pursuer: Cristiano Ronaldo, sixth in the standings. At the ceremony, the Argentine had a noble gesture with Robert Lewandowski.
The former Barcelona player and current PSG, was very happy when he received the award from his friend Luis Suárez. After that, the Rosario took the floor and thanked all his teammates of the Argentine team for the title of the Copa América 2021, a title that allowed him the 2021 Ballon d’Or.
To close, Lionel Messi mentioned Robert Lewandowski, winner of the trophy for best forward of the year. The Pole was the favorite of many, but came in second place. This was recognized by the ’10’, who asked for the 2020 Ballon d’Or for the ‘Bavarian’.
As you remember, in 2020 there was no Ballon d’Or due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The magazine France Football, in charge of the organization, decided not to do it and only returned for this 2021. In that year, Robert Lewandowski broke it (he won the Champions League) and was the favorite for this award.
“I want to tell Robert that it is an honor to fight him. I think you deserve your Ballon d’Or. Last year, everyone agreed that you were the winner. France Football should give you the Ballon d’Or you deserve ”, said Lionel Messi under the watchful eye of Robert Lewandowski.
“You earned it last year. Hopefully the magazine can give it to you so you can have it at home, because you were just the winner. Although it could not be done due to the issue of the pandemic, you deserve it, “added the crack of the Parisian team.
The women’s Ballon d’Or was also given. And it was won by the Spanish Alexia Putellas, a Barcelona player who lifted the last Champions League. His presentation was the most moving, as he remembered his late father in an emotional clip.
His compatriot Pedri was another winner. The 19-year-old midfielder won the Kopa Trophy, an award for the best young footballer. When he had to speak, he thanked Lionel Messi for supporting him in the ‘culé’ institution.
Gianluigi Donnarumma, just 22 years old, was chosen as the best goalkeeper of the year. The goal was champion with Italy in the last European Championship, something that happened a lot in the vote. In the present fight for the title with the great Keylor Navas.
France Football magazine also paid tribute to Diego Maradona (1960-2020) and Gerd Muller (1945-2021), legendary former players from Argentina and Germany, respectively. Both left a great legacy for modern football.