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Robert Lewandowski could be handed the 2020 Ballon d'Or

Messi suggested Lewandowski should be handed the 2020 Ballon d'Or
Messi suggested Lewandowski should be handed the 2020 Ballon d'Or / FRANCK FIFE/GettyImages

Ballon d'Or organisers have officially responded to Lionel Messi's suggestion to hand Robert Lewandowski the 2020 award after the Bayern Munich star missed out for the second year running.

Messi won his seventh Ballon d'Or in Paris edging out Lewandowski, who was a favourite to scoop the award this year after last year's awards ceremony was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Pole scored a career high 55 goals and speaking at the ceremony on Monday, Messi said: "You deserve your Ballon D'Or. Last year, everyone was in agreement to say that you were the big winner.

"It has been an honour to compete with you Robert, and you deserve your golden ball. Hopefully France Football will give it to you, we all know that you should have won it last year and hopefully they will give it to you and you can have it at home."

And now, France Football's editor-in-chief Pascal Ferré has responded to Messi's comments, admitting that he is considering revising his decision.

"What Messi said was nice and clever," he admitted to Watson via Bulinews. "I think we do not have to make very quick decisions. We can think about it and at the same time we should respect the history of the Ballon d'Or, which is based on voting.

"We can't be sure if Lewandowski would have won the Ballon D'Or last year. We can't know because there was no vote. But, to be honest, Lewandowski would have had a great chance of winning last year."

The Bayern man did not leave the 2021 awards ceremony empty-handed, and was given France Football's inaugural Striker of the Year award.