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Lewandowski hopes Messi's Ballon d'Or words were not 'empty'

Arjun Singh Devgan
Robert Lewandowski is the best striker in the world at the moment
Robert Lewandowski is the best striker in the world at the moment / Joosep Martinson/GettyImages

Bayern Munich striker, Robert Lewandowski has admitted that he was disappointed on losing the 2021 Ballon d'Or award to Argentina icon, Lionel Messi, while hoping that the Argentinian's comments on him regarding the 2020 honour were not empty.

Messi won his seventh Ballon d'Or award last week beating out competition from Lewandowski and Chelsea midfielder, Jorgino - with many believing that the Polish hitman deserved to win the award after excelling on the field for the past two-three years.

As one of the favorites, Lewandowski admitted that finishing second in the competition was a huge blow.

"The worst moment was the week when I found out about the results. I admit that I felt sad. I felt unsatisfied because I was close. When you compete with a footballer as great as Messi and you hear that you can win a prize, you know what level and stage of your career you are at," he said as quoted by Nation.

"I hope these weren't just empty words. Of course, I'm calm and focused on other things, but when you are so far and at the same time so close to the reward, emotions run high. I have a lot of respect for Messi and what he has achieved so I felt proud fighting for first place," the striker added.

The 33-year-old has established himself as the best striker in the world in the recent past and he has been brilliant on the field for Bayern, scoring a staggering 321 goals in just 350 appearances for them so far.