What Robert Lewandowski said: “I would like to thank the Laureus Academy for the Award. It really means a lot to be recognised and appreciated by such wonderful people, athletes, and legends from all over the world of sport. It has a very special meaning to me as an athlete and a man. I know that athletes don't get anything for free. There are no shortcuts to success in professional sport. If you want to be the best, you have to do your best. But I also believe that no athlete will ever achieve success alone. I remember it when I get trophies or win awards. That’s why I want to thank everyone who supports me.
“Professional sport is a great passion and joy, but not only fun. Responsibility comes with success. Nelson Mandela said: 'Sport has the power to change the world'. Let’s remember and repeat this message loudly, especially these days, when innocent people in Ukraine are dying. There is no sport without peace.”