France Football, the organizer of the Golden Ball gala, wants to think about awarding the Golden Ball of 2020 after all.

There was a lot of fuss on Monday when the prestigious prize for 2021 Footballer of the Year did not go to Robert Lewandowski, but to Lionel Messi.

Last year the Golden Ball was not awarded due to the corona pandemic.

Bayern Munich striker Lewandowski was already in excellent form.

Pascal Ferré, editor-in-chief of

France Football

, says he is open to forgive the prize now.

"This is not a decision that we can take lightly. But we can think about it, although at the same time we must respect the history of the Golden Ball," the Frenchman told the German news website

Watson

.

During his victory speech, Messi already said that Lewandowski had deserved last year's Golden Ball.

"They should actually give it to you after all," the winner turned to the number two.

Ferré calls that "very nice and tidy".

"We are of course not sure if Lewandowski would have won the Golden Ball in 2020, because there has been no vote. But to be honest, I think he would have had a very good chance," said the editor-in-chief.

Lewandowski won the Champions League, Bundesliga and DFB-Pokal with Bayern in 2020 and scored 55 goals in all competitions for his club.

Lionel Messi said on Monday that the 2020 Golden Ball should still be given to Robert Lewandowski.

Lionel Messi said on Monday that the 2020 Golden Ball should still be given to Robert Lewandowski.

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Ferré himself voted for Lewandowski

The fact that Messi won the prize for the seventh time caused indignant reactions on Monday evening.

"I don't understand the world anymore. The only one who deserved the Golden Ball is Lewandowski," said Bayern icon Lothar Matthäus.

Lewandowski broke the Bundesliga record last season by scoring 41 goals.

Messi won the Copa América last summer, but has been looking for his top form since his move from FC Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain.

"The election of the Golden Ball is a democratic process," Ferré defends the award ceremony.

"We have 170 judges (sports journalists, ed.) and the majority has decided to vote for Messi."

The Argentinian won by a small margin (613 to 580 points).

"I didn't put Messi first, my first choice was Lewandowski," Ferre said.

"But I think Messi deserved the award just as well."

Lewandowski did not leave the gala in Paris on Monday empty-handed.

He received an award for best striker.

The introduction of that award was only announced during the gala.

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