Barcelona’s board is satisfied with its additions for the 2022-23 season, especially because they managed to snatch their striker from Bayern Munich, Poland’s Robert Lewandowski, although they had to pay $46 million as a fixed fee and another $5.1 million, depending on results.
This is a great deal for the Culé team for a player who just at the beginning of this year had a dispute with its top player at the time, Lionel Messi, for the Ballon d’Or award for the 2020-21 season, his last year with Barcelona.
The controversy began when Lewandowski entered the shortlist for the award given by France Football magazine for his excellent season in which he scored 50 goals, 35 of them in the Bundesliga. However, the recognition went to the Argentine, despite the fact that he had a much less brilliant year, with 38 goals in 47 games, but in a team that finished out of the Champions League and also lost LaLiga.
Messi won the Ballon d’Or, while Lewi won The Best award.
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Once the winners of these awards were known, Lewandoski said he was happy to have won the award given by FIFA to the best player of the year worldwide.
“I’ve been thinking lately about The Best and Ballon d’Or awards. I’ve come to the conclusion that the FIFA award does matter more. In the Ballon d’Or only journalists vote, there is no clear verification,” said Robert Lewandoswki.
He added in an interview with the Polish magazine Pilka Nozna: “Professionals and the press vote in the FIFA Ballon d’Or. The captains and coaches can evaluate our performances more realistically and objectively, because they know how much every game, every record, every injury costs us. Maybe in the prestige ranking the Ballon d’Or is better positioned, but receiving The Best makes me proud, because I know how hard I worked for many years.”
The then Bayern Munich striker also explained how he felt about finishing second in the Ballon d’Or voting: “It’s not that I can’t sleep wondering where I failed. Especially since I’ve come to realize that politics in soccer also plays a role sometimes. The results of these votes don’t affect me in any way. The important thing is to enjoy the game and help my teammates win.”
Messi’s change of point of view
But that was not all, Lewi criticized Messi directly because, the Argentine did not consider him in his Votes for The Best, while the Pole did for “La Pulga”.
“I did vote for him because I appreciate what he did this year and before. Messi was saying he would vote for me for the Ballon d’Or. Did his point of view change later? I don’t know. I have no complaints, he made his decision and that’s it,” said Robert Lewandowski.
This criticism was due to the fact that Lionel Messi did praise “Lewi” during the ceremony in which he collected his seventh Ballon d’Or, but at the time of voting he chose other players: “It’s an honor for me to fight with Lewandowski, you deserve a Ballon d’Or. Last year everyone agreed that you were the winner. I think France Football can award it to you and have it in your house, because you were a fair winner. You have to have it at home.”
Lewandowski hit back at Pilka Nozna: “He asked for a Ballon d’Or for me, but he didn’t vote for me for The Best.”