Poland and Bayern Munich striker, Robert Lewandowski, has congratulated Lionel Messi on winning his seventh Ballon d’Or.
Messi lifted the award at the ceremony held at the Theatre du Chatelet, in Paris on Monday, November 29, 2021.
Lewandowski himself picked an individual award as he emerged the second best player in the world. He was also named The Striker of The Year.
PSG star, Kylian Mbappe was adjudged the 9th best player in the world.
Chelsea won the club of the year award while its captain Jorginho was adjudged the third best footballer in the world.
In post-awards ceremony statement on his official Facebook page, Lewandowski thanked “every single journalist who voted for me, and believed that my achievements were important in 2021.”
He said “I won Striker Of The Year Award and no player can win an individual award without the strongest team and loyal fans behind him. And for me it’s no different. I want to thank my club Bayern Munich for the platform they’ve given me to succeed and to achieve my dreams. I want to thank my teammates in the Polish National Team and in Bayern Munich. I also want to thank my fans for supporting me every single day it means a lot to me.”
“And the most important thing, huge thanks to my family 🙏 thank you Mom, thank you Anna – you are the love of my life and my best friend, thanks to my sister Milena and to my friends and management team for the continuous support, the foundation of my achievements.”
Messi became the favorite after winning the Copa America with Argentina this year. Argentina defeated Brazil 1-0 in the Copa America final.
Messi joined PSG from Barcelona this year. During his last season with the Catalan club, he scored two goals as Barcelona won the Copa del Rey final. He was also La Liga’s top goalscorer before leaving Barcelona.
Messi, aged 34-year-old won the Ballon d’Or in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2019 and 2021.