Lewandowski will carry Ukraine’s colours to FIFA World Cup, he lets Shevchenko know

Robert Lewandowski, Poland’s captain, has renewed his support for war-affected Ukraine, pledging to pay tribute to the nation in the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

Robert Lewandowski, on September 20, received a captain's armband in yellow-and-blue, the colours of Ukraine's flag, from Andriy Shevchenko.Photo: Special Arrangement
Lewandowski promised the former Ballon d'Or winner: "I will carry the colours of Ukraine to the World Cup. As a player and a man, I support peace and I believe such symbolic gestures matter."Photo: Special Arrangement
"For me, the captain's armband is a symbol of leadership, strength and passion for your country. I want to pass this armband to Robert to thank him for his support, voice and platform in supporting my country and calling for peace," said Shevchenko as he met Lewandowski at the national stadium in Warsaw.
Back in February, days after Russia's illegal invasion of Ukraine, Lewandowski lobbied for the postponement of Poland's international fixture against Russia. When he next took the field for Bayern Munich, his teammates wore black armbands to honour the victims of the invasion, while Lewandowski, the Bayern captain, wore an armband in the colours of Ukraine. Since then, he has been a constant ally of Ukraine, while Shevchenko has travelled Europe meeting athletes, governing bodies, politicians and refugees to highlight the issues the invasion has caused.Photo: Special Arrangement
"I believe that as athletes we should use the power of sport for good. I'm going to take Andriy's armband with me to the World Cup in November as a reminder that Ukrainian people are not alone and are not forgotten. It means a lot to me to stand here with Andriy, a footballer and a man who has used his voice and platform to influence positive change," Lewandowski said. Photo: Special Arrangement
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