The Bayern star received the prestigious Messi honor to the dismay of many footballing elites, including Real Madrid veteran Toni Kroos, Iker Casillas and Gary Lineker.
Kroos felt Lewandowski was the clear winner ahead of Messi.
The Paris Saint-Germain forward himself agreed that Lewandowski should get a Golden Ball after missing last year because of Covid and said so in his acceptance speech.
Even Pascal Ferré, the editor-in-chief of France Football which organizes the prestigious award, admitted that he voted for Lewandowksi instead of the Argentinian.
And although the majority of his peers have chosen Messi, Ferre believes there should be an open discussion among his colleagues about handing Lewandowksi a Ballon d’Or.
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.
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“What Messi said [about Lewandowski deserving the 2020 Ballon d’Or] was kind and smart.
“I think we don’t have to make decisions too quickly. We can think about it and we should. “
This is the second year that the Pole has been abused, albeit involuntarily, by France Football.
Lewandowski was the favorite to win the trophy last season before the French organization removed him due to the coronavirus pandemic for the first time in 64 years.
In a superb 2019-20 season, the 33-year-old scored an impressive 51 goals in just 49 games for Bundesliga champions Bayern in all competitions.
However, Ferre declined to state that Lewandowski would have been the net winner despite his incredible loot.
He added: “We cannot be sure Lewandowski would have won the Ballon d’Or last year.
“We can’t find out because there was no vote but, to be honest, he had a good chance of winning. “
Last season, a relentless Lewandowski was equally clinical, hitting the net 48 times and providing nine assists in 40 games across all competitions.
His epic goal tally helped Bayern win 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, making 18 assists along the way.
However, Messi’s contribution could only have helped Barca win the Copa del Rey trophy in the previous campaign.
He also led Argentina to Copa America glory, helping them beat big Brazilian rivals in the final.
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