The Ballon d’Or organizers have responded to Lionel Messi’s plan of giving his award to Robert Lewandowski.
Through France Football editor-in-chief Pascal Ferré told Bulinews, via the Mirror, the body confirmed that they’re “thinking about” awarding Lewandowski the prize for 2020.
After beating Lewandowski to first place at Monday’s ceremony, Messi addressed the Bayern Munich and Poland star directly while on stage saying: “Robert, you deserve your Ballon d’Or.
“Last year, everyone was in agreement to say that you were the big winner of this award. Hopefully, France Football will give you the 2020 Ballon d’Or. We all believe you deserved it and I hope you can have it at home.”
In his reply, Ferre said: "What Messi said was nice and clever. 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."
Lewandowski scored 48 goals in 40 games for Bayern this season and has netted 25 goals in 20 matches this term. Last year’s Ballon d’Or ceremony was canceled due to the Covid pandemic.