‘If I’m Robert Lewandowski, I’ll start a petition to pick it up again’: Rio Ferdinand rejects ‘cruel’ decision to cancel the Ballon d’Or after the Bayern Munich forward emerged as a favorite to take the prize in the waiting to drag after the standout season in the Bundesliga
- Rio Ferdinand thinks Robert Lewandowski deserved to win the Ballon d’Or
- He said it was “out of order” to cancel the awards ceremony last month
- Ferdinand said the prize should have been awarded despite fears of COVID-19
- The Bayern star was the favorite for the award after becoming Europe’s top scorer
Rio Ferdinand says Bayern Munich star Robert Lewandowski should be outraged after the Ballon d’Or was dropped last month, saying he should “ start a petition to pick it up again. ”
The Polish forward was the favorite to win the award after a sensational season in which he rose to the top of the European scorers list. He shot in 53 goals while helping the German side win the Bundesliga and the German Cup, with the team also remaining in the Champions League.
The Ballon d’Or was canceled by organizers in France due to a ‘lack of a sufficiently level playing field’ after many leagues around the world were suspended due to the coroan virus pandemic.
Bayern star Robert Lewandowski should have won the Ballon d’Or this year, Rio Ferdinand said
He said it was ‘a shame’ to cancel the prices and said the striker had to ‘start a petition’
But Manchester United legend Ferdinand says the decision not to keep the prices this year was ‘a shame’. He added that Lewandowski has ‘taken himself to the next level’ and thoroughly deserved to win it after years of Lionel Messi and Ronaldo dominating the ceremony.
“ If I’m Lewandowski and they canceled the Ballon d’Or, I’ll start a petition to get it going again, ” he told TEAMtalk.
Aside from the year Luka Modric won the award, Messi and Ronaldo have dominated that award for the past 12 years and Lewandowski has taken himself to the next level this season.
The ceremony was canceled due to ‘lack of a sufficiently level playing field’ amid COVID-19
Lewandowski was sensational this season as Europe’s top scorer with 53 goals
‘I can’t believe they canceled it. It’s cruel, that’s a good word to describe it. Lewandowski deserves to win that award for what he has done this season and if he is leading Bayern Munich to the Champions League and they still decide they will not hand him out, that is not correct. ‘
The BT Sport expert pointed out that the organizers should have at least awarded the prize without staging the lavish event to recognize the best player of the year by calling them ‘out or order’.
What the award means for the game’s history, I think it’s a shame they took it away this year.
In recent years, the prize has been dominated by Leo Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, among others
Why can’t they hand out the award even though they don’t have a grand ceremony to hand it over like they normally do? I think it’s really not okay.
‘To be on that list as the best player in the world is special. All these players want to be there. That’s the elite, the ultimate for a top player, and in this generation there are now two players who have dominated it for so long.
“That would have made it all the more special for Lewandowski to get his name on that list and I can’t believe they took it away from him.”
Ferdinand said the organizers should have handed the prize to the Pole without holding the event
In a statement after confirming that the Ballon d’Or would not be held, organizers said they risked giving the winner “ an indelible asterisk ” in a disrupted season and said they would like the integrity of the award. wanted to protect.
“We didn’t want to put an indelible asterisk on the prize list as“ a trophy won in exceptional circumstances due to the Covid-19 health crisis ”.
“Protecting the credibility and legitimacy of such a prize also means ensuring its flawlessness over time.”