Robert Lewandowski reacts calmly to rival Lionel Messi’s voting behavior in the FIFA World Players election.
“I didn’t do anything wrong because he could be mad at me, except for the sporting thing,” Lewandowski said on Tuesday. “That’s different, but I hope it’s all right in secret.” The Bayern Munich star was named world footballer for the second time in a row in Zurich on Monday night, but did not get a vote from Messi.
The Argentine, second-placed from Paris Saint-Germain, had voted for his Paris Saint-Germain teammates Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema. “It was his decision, and I respect that,” Lewandowski says. “I don’t have to say anything negative or just get angry.” In return, the Poles also voted for Messi.
Messi won the Ballon d’Or last November, ahead of Lewandowski. Messi said at the time: “Everyone knows you were the winner last year. I think France Football should still give you the award for 2020. You deserve it and you should get it at home.” “That was very nice of him,” replies Lewandowski.
Alaba: It is a special honor to be in the global selection
National coaches, captains representing the FIFA member associations, selected journalists and fans from around the world were crucial to the selection of FIFA. They have also named ÖFB star David Alaba as their first FIFA World Pick.
The Real Madrid defender thanks all his teammates and coaches at Bayern Munich, ÖFB and Real as well as his family via Twitter for their support. “It is a special honor for me to be in the global selection after such an emotional year. Hard work always pays off,” explains Vienna.
Lewandowski takes Haaland’s speculation easily
Meanwhile, Lewandowski is considering speculation about Erling Haaland as a possible successor to Bayern Munich. “I am a patient person. I understand football, I also understand business matters,” says the 33-year-old.
Haaland, who is twelve years younger than him, still has a contract with rivals Borussia Dortmund until the end of June 2024. However, due to the exit clause, he can leave the club this summer for a fee of 75 million euros. Recently, FC Barcelona in particular has been traded as a promising prospect.
Lewandowski’s contract with Bayern Munich expires in the summer of 2023. In any case, the Polish striker sees himself fit for the best international performances after the age of thirty. The striker said when asked if he could continue playing until 40.
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