Here is how Robert Lewandowski reacted to losing out on the 2021 Ballon d'Or trophy to Lionel Messi in Paris on Monday night.
The Bayern Munich and Poland forward did not leave France empty-handed as he scooped up the inaugural Striker of the Year award, but would have perhaps been forgiven for feeling aggrieved at being overlooked for the main accolade.
It was Messi who was crowned winner of the 2021 edition of the Ballon d'Or, with the Argentine dedicating time in his acceptance speech to Lewandowski, whom he claimed should have won the accolade in 2020, the year France Football decided to cancel the award due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Due to this and his continued excellence this year, many shared the sentiment that the 33-year-old should have been handed the trophy in Paris on Monday, but it was not to be for the ex-Borussia Dortmund talisman, who shared some of his thoughts on social media.
"To start, I would like to congratulate Lionel Messi, Ballon d'Or Winner," he posted on Instagram.
"I want to thank every single journalist who voted for me, and believed that my achievements were important in 2021.
"I won Striker of the Year Award and no player can win an individual award without the strongest team and loyal fans behind him. And for me it's no different. I want to thank my club Bayern Munich for the platform they've given me to succeed and to achieve my dreams.
"I want to thank my teammates from the Polish National Team and from Bayern Munich. I also want to thank my fans for supporting me every single day, it means a lot to me.
"And the most important thing, huge thanks to my family. Thank you, Mom, thank you Anna – you are the love of my life and my best friend, thanks to my sister Milena and to my friends and management team for the continuous support, the foundation of my achievements. Thank you."
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