Two of the greatest goalscorers of the modern era met this Tuesday at the National Stadium in Warsaw, Poland. Ukrainian Andriy Shevchenko gave his armband to the captain of the Polish national team, striker Robert Lewandowski, who will compete in the Qatar World Cup.
— Robert Lewandowski (@lewy_official) September 20, 2022
“For me, the captain’s armband is a symbol of leadership, strength and passion for his country. I want to pass this armband to Robert to thank him for his support, voice and platform in supporting my country and asking for peace,” said Shevchenko. .
In February, days after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Lewandowski pushed for the Poland-Russia game to be postponed. When he entered the field for the Bayern Munchenhis teammates wore black armbands to honor the victims of the invasion, while Lewandowski, the German club’s captain, wore an armband in the colors of Ukraine.
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“I believe that as athletes, we should use the power of sport for good. I will take Andriy’s armband with me to the World Cup in November to remind that the Ukrainian people are not alone and are not forgotten.”
Lewandowski has been a staunch ally of Ukraine, while Shevchenko has traveled around Europe meeting athletes, government bodies, politicians and refugees to highlight the problems the invasion has caused.
“There is a special relationship between Ukraine and Poland. I have visited refugee projects here through my work with Laureus Sport for Good and Robert Lewandowski’s compassion can be seen across the country.”