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'Don't understand why Lewandowski didn't win,' claims Matthaus

Arjun Singh Devgan
Robert Lewandowski came in second in the 2021 Ballon d'Or award standings
Robert Lewandowski came in second in the 2021 Ballon d'Or award standings / Aurelien Meunier/GettyImages

German legend and 1990 Ballon d'Or award winner, Lothar Matthaus has expressed shock and displeasure over the recent voting process of the award, one which saw Argentina icon, Lionel Messi win his seventh such honour.

Messi beat out competition from Bayern Munich hitman, Robert Lewandowski to win the honour securing 613 points, with the Poland striker coming second with 580 points. Many believed that the Pole should have won his maiden award, and Matthaus was one of them - revealing that he did not understand why the Bayern man did not pick up the honour this year.

“Honestly, I don’t understand anything anymore. With all due respect to Messi and the other great players named, none deserved it as much as Lewandowski. To be as remarkable as the Bayern striker and that practically week after week. And Ronaldo was not as consistent and extraordinary as Lewandowski. I don’t understand why he didn’t win," he said to Sky Sports Germany.

What may have tipped the scales in Messi's favour is that he was not only prolific when it came to scoring goals but also has transitioned into a playmaker in the recent past, while also leading Argentina to their first Copa America title since 1993.