Fans heap praise on ‘humble’ Lionel Messi for his wholesome response to Robert Lewandowski being named as ‘The Best’ by FIFA for a second year in a row… while some compare it to Ronaldo’s glum reaction from last year’s ceremony
- Lionel Messi smiled as Robert Lewandowski was named as ‘The Best’ by FIFA
- The Argentine’s ‘wholesome’ response was picked up by fans on social media
- Messi was labelled as ‘humble’ as he smiled for Lewandowski winning the award
- Fans were quick to compare Messi’s reaction with Ronaldo’s from the year before
- Ronaldo cut a glum figure when Bayern’s Lewandowski won the award last year
Lionel Messi has been praised by fans for his ‘wholesome’ and ‘humble’ reaction to Robert Lewandowski being named as ‘The Best’ Men’s Player of the Year by FIFA for a second year in a row.
The Bayern Munich star retained the award he picked up last year following a prolific 2021 in attack for the Bundesliga giants, with Messi grinning from ear-to-ear as the decision was read out by FIFA president Gianni Infantino.
With the event being mostly virtual, Messi’s reaction was filmed on a live feed from his hotel in Paris and the Argentine couldn’t help but smile as the Polish star was awarded the prize.
Lionel Messi smiles as Robert Lewandowski was named as ‘The Best’ by FIFA on Monday
The Bayern Munich star was named as The Best Men’s Player for a second year in a row
The two revealed they had huge amounts of respect for one another, with Messi insisting that Lewandowski deserved to win the 2020 Ballon d’Or during his acceptance speech last month, where he scooped his seventh Golden Ball.
While initial reports claimed a rift between the two, with Lewandowski saying Messi’s ’empty words’ lacked sincerity, the Poland international told Sportsmail that those reports were incorrect, and that he was ‘really touched’ by the Argentine’s gesture.
And fans have noticed that the love-in has continued, which saw Messi finish as runner-up this time and appeared to be happy for his rival.
One fan tweeted with a picture of the Argentine smiling: ‘Messi’s reaction to Lewandowski winning. How can you be the greatest of all time and this humble?’
Fans heaped praise on ‘humble’ Messi for his reaction to Lewandowski winning the award
Another echoed that statement, saying: ‘Messi’s reaction to Lewandowski winning. You have to appreciate the humbleness. Simply Messi.’
Others asked how you could ‘hate’ Messi after watching his reaction.
Messi’s ‘wholesome’ reaction led to fans to dig up photos of last year’s ceremony, which saw Cristiano Ronaldo cut a glum and dejected figure when Lewandowski scooped the same award last year.
With a screengrab of Ronaldo’s reaction and Messi’s response side by side, one fan said: ‘Messi’s and Cristiano’s reaction after losing FIFA The Best: (Apparently they call one of them “Mentality Monster”)’
Another Twitter user picked up on the comparison, adding: ‘Ronaldo Reaction Vs Messi Reaction when Lewa won the Fifa The Best tells you everything you need to know about the two. 2020 vs 2021’.
Messi’s reaction led to fans to dig up Cristiano Ronaldo’s response to losing out last year
Fans online compared the two reaction and hit out at Ronaldo for his moody response last year
Lewandowski won this year’s award after breaking Gerd Muller’s scoring record, capping off another sensational campaign for the Bayern Munich talisman.
Lewandowski said: ‘Thank you very much. I am very honoured to win this trophy and feel proud. I know it belongs to my team-mates and coaches. We all work hard to win the games. It is special to work with these guys around me.
‘I never dream about breaking this record [of Gerd Muller’s]. To score 41 in 29 games – if you ask me that a few years ago if it is possible I would tell you it is impossible. I also say to him thank-you. He set so many records and to me it was always the next step to try and break it.’