Paris Saint-Germain forward Lionel Messi has been heavily criticized by the German media, branded a disgrace for his efforts to prevent Robert Lewandowski from winning the 2021 FIFA Best Player award.
Lionel Messi has been criticized by German media for his attitude towards the Bayern Munich striker and his main rival for the award, Robert Lewandowski, during the voting for the 2021 FIFA best player award.
The Poland international was finally named the 2021 FIFA Player of the Year on Monday evening, beating the Argentine superstar in second and Mohamed Salah in third.
Two months earlier, Lionel Messi beat Robert Lewandowski to win a record-breaking seventh Ballon d’Or title as he picked up the award for the 2021 edition.
La Pulga outperforming the Bayern Munich forward in the Ballon d’Or vote has led some football legends to criticize the decision and claim that record-breaker Gerd Muller in the Bundesliga has been unfairly judged.
It is even more sad that Robert Lewandowski had previously been ‘robbed’ of his right to win the 2020 Ballon d’Or, which was controversially denied by France Football due to the lack of competition for scoring in the midst of the start of the Covid pandemic.
For many, the Poland international striker is undeniably the best player [atau setidaknya salah satu yang terbaik] in today’s world, but Lionel Messi surprisingly didn’t include his name in his three picks for player of the year 2021.
German media Bild highlights this as a possible ulterior motive of Lionel Messi for Robert Lewandowski [yang merupakan pesaing utamanya] did not get any points from him and made the Bayern Munich player lose to him in the FIFA best player award gala.
Inevitably German media outlets later wrote “You are a disgrace, Messi” when the 34-year-old instead singled out his Paris Saint-Germain team-mates Kylian Mbappe and Neymar as the two best players in the world, followed by Karim Benzema in third.
While Cristiano Ronaldo alone admits Robert Lewandowski really deserves the award as the best at the moment, placing him in the top spot followed by Champions League winning duo N’Golo Kante and Jorginho.
On the other hand, the Bayern Munich striker remained fair in his choices, making Jorginho [pemenang Liga Champions & Euro] in first place, followed by Lionel Messi second and Cristiano Ronaldo third.
Interestingly, now Robert Lewandowski seems to be mocking Lionel Messi’s attitude after his sweet words at the 2021 Ballon d’Or were followed by a strange choice at the 2021 FIFA Award. He said, “Those are very nice words from Messi in the Ballon d’Or.” Or. Now with the choice [dalam voting], you should ask him a question!”
“I didn’t do anything wrong that he could be angry with me except my sporting results. That’s his decision, I don’t want to say anything negative.”