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'Duel with Messi was a big honour' - Robert Lewandowski on Ballon d'Or race

Arjun Singh Devgan
Robert Lewandowski has established himself as the best striker in the world
Robert Lewandowski has established himself as the best striker in the world / Aurelien Meunier/GettyImages
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Bayern Munich hitman, Robert Lewandowski has opened up on the recent Ballon d'Or award duel with Argentina icon, Lionel Messi - revealing that it was a "big honour" and that he was a bit "sad" that the 2020 ceremony was cancelled.

Lewandowski who was touted as one of the favourites for the 2021 Ballon d'Or award was eventually beaten to Messi to the honour - though many came out in support of the Polish striker, believing that he deserved to win the award.

Speaking about the award, Lewandowski revealed his thoughts on the duel with Messi among other things.

“The duel with Messi was a big honour. It was not my decision. One one hand I was proud, on the other hand, a bit sad because the 2020 award was cancelled. With the trophies we won, I’m sure some other Bayern players would’ve been there too," he said as per Barca Universal.

Despite losing out on the award, there is no doubt that the 33-year-old has established himself as the best striker in the world over the past three years, and has netted a staggering 324 goals in just 354 appearances for the Bundesliga giants.

It will be interesting to see whether the striker wins the honour next year considering that he has been in brilliant form in front of goal.

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