Big disappointment for Robert Lewandowski: Not the goalscorer of Bayern Munich, but the Argentine superstar Lionel Messi was awarded the prestigious Ballon d'Or for the year 2021 on Monday in Paris.

The Bundesliga top scorer had to be content with second place in the election carried out by the French specialist newspaper “France Football”.

Messi, who led Argentina to win the Copa America for the first time in 28 years, received the Golden Ball for the seventh time in his career.

The Ballon d'Or is not a substitute for the world footballer's choice. This election will continue to be organized by the world association FIFA, the freestyle will take place on January 17, 2022. Lewandowski was chosen as a world footballer for the first time in 2020. The Ballon d'Or, on the other hand, was not awarded last year due to the corona pandemic. From 2010 to 2015, the world footballer was awarded the Golden Ball through a cooperation between FIFA and France Football.

This means that Lewandowski is still denied the coveted trophy. After the triple season 2020, the 33-year-old had set new records this year. Lewandowski surpassed Gerd Müller's forever scoring record with 41 goals in the Bundesliga. In the current season, the Pole has already scored 25 goals in 20 competitive games for FC Bayern. Together with Sébastien Haller from Ajax Amsterdam, he tops the Champions League scorers list. But at least he got the award for best goalscorer. Messi, on the other hand, had a rather modest year at club level with FC Barcelona and from the summer with Paris Saint-Germain.

Before the award ceremony, the Portuguese soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo attacked the co-organizer of the Ballon d'Or sharply. "Pascal Ferré lied, he used my name to advertise himself and the newspaper he works for," wrote Ronaldo on Instagram. He responded to statements by the editor-in-chief of "France Football", who had claimed that Ronaldo's main goal was to end his career with more gold balls than his long-time rival Lionel Messi. “It is unacceptable for the person responsible for awarding such a prestigious award to lie in this way, with absolute disrespect to someone who has always respected France Football and the Ballon d'Or,” added Ronaldo.

The Portuguese has won the award organized by the French specialist magazine five times in his career.

That puts him just behind Messi.

Ronaldo was not at the gala in Paris on Monday.

He disagreed that the reason was quarantine.

His focus is already on the next game with Manchester United.

Coach Ralf Rangnick's new team will face Arsenal on Thursday.