‘Sheva’ hands over a badge in the colors of Ukraine to ‘Lewangol’ | Video
Robert Lewandowski received a captain’s armband with the yellow and blue color from the hands of the former Ukrainian player Andriy Shevchenko, who has promised “will wear the colors of Ukraine” in matches with Poland national team during the Qatar 2022 World Cup.
“I will wear the colors of Ukraine to the World Cup. As a player and as a man, I support peace and I think these symbolic gestures are important.” Lewandowski after their meeting in Warsaw National Stadium with Shevchenko, Champions League winner with AC Milan in 2003 and ‘Ballon d’Or’ in 2004.
Beautiful and emotional meeting: the great Andriy Shevchenko presented Robert Lewandowski with a captain’s armband in the colors of Ukraine, in gratitude for the striker’s support after Russia’s invasion of his country. And he asked her to take him to the next World Cup… 🇺🇦🤝 pic.twitter.com/qUhmEE1iUS
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the polish attacker highlighted the need to use the “power of sport” for good.
I will wear Andriy’s bracelet to the World Cup in November as a reminder that the Ukrainian people are not alone and they are not forgotten. It means a lot to me to be here with Andriy, a footballer and a man who has used his voice and his platform to affect positive change.
In February, days after the Russian military invasion of Ukraine, Lewandowski pressured to be postpone Poland’s international match against Russia. When he returned to the field with his former team Bayern Munich, his companions wore black armbands in honor of the victims of the invasion.
Also, Lewandowski, former captain of the German team, wore an armband in the colors of Ukraine. Since then he has been a constant ally of Ukrainewhile Shevchenko has traveled around Europe meeting with athletes, government bodies, politicians and refugees to highlight the problems caused by the invasion.
The badge worn by Robert Lewandowski in the Bayern Munich match against Frankfurt, showing his support for Ukraine.
The striker was among the Polish teams who were in favor of leaving the playoff against Russia for the ticket to Qatar. pic.twitter.com/iQYQYcMONY
– World Cup (@World Cup) February 26, 2022
For me, the captain’s armband is a symbol of leadership, strength and passion for your country. I want to pass this bracelet to Robert to thank him for his support, his voice and his platform to support my country and call for peace.
“Since the war started, I have been able to represent my country again and have seen athletes from all over the world use their platform to support the victims of the invasion of Ukraine”he added Shevchenko, who thanked the act of solidarity of Lewandowski.
What I have seen is proof that sport has the power to change the world.
(With information from Europe Press)