Lionel Messi won his seventh Ballon d’Or title this year, ahead of second-placed Bayern Munich forward Robert Lewandowski, who was once again one of the main contenders to win it this year, after losing out on the award last year as France Football decided to scrap the award owing to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
The Ballon d’Or snub has divided the footballing world, and many have questioned the fact that why Lewandoski did not win. Bayern Munich’s teammate too joined in on the conversation supporting Lewandowski one day after the snub and has also vowed to exact revenge for his teammate and for the sake of German football.
Thomas Muller wants to bring the Champions League to Bayern Munich this year
If you’re wondering whom they are going to exact revenge, it is none other than Lionel Messi’s former club FC Barcelona, whom Bayern Munich take on next week in the UEFA Champions League. The two clubs have faced off twice in the last three seasons and the results have been hugely skewed in the favour of the German football club.
In 2020, Bayern Munich won by a humiliating margin of 8-2 in the one-off quarter-final encounter, while Lionel Messi was still playing for the club. The embarrassing defeat had provoked Messi to ask out of the club that year itself, but the club kept him against his wishes.
Once again they met this year, in the group stages of the UEFA Champions League and Bayern Munich once again triumphed by a 3-0 margin at the Camp Nou, to continue their excellent record against the Spanish club.
Speaking with media reports a day after the Ballon d’Or awards, Thomas Muller said, “This is also a huge motivation for me to put everything into the balance in order to bring the Champions League back to Munich and to show the football world what is going on. And above all, what German football has to offer.”
And now if Thomas Muller’s words are anything to go by, they would be even more hungry when they take the field at the Allianz Arena in next week’s clash in the UEFA Champions League.