Throughout an occasion on the Stadion Narodowy in Warsaw on Tuesday, the 2 famed strikers embraced as Shevchenko mounted the blue and yellow armband to Lewandowski’s arm.
“I’m very proud because I know what it means to support Ukraine’s people,” Lewandowski mentioned.
“I know what it means to fight for freedom, we know the history, our history and that’s why it was clear to help our neighbors, to help the people from Ukraine and I’m very proud to wear this armband and to be on this side. I’m very glad and very grateful for everything.”
Lewandowski has lengthy been amongst Ukraine’s supporters, calling for Poland to boycott its World Cup qualifying match in opposition to Russia simply days after the warfare started.
When he performed for Bayern Munich, the Polish captain wore a Ukrainian armband whereas his teammates wore black armbands to commemorate these killed within the warfare.
“First of all, I want to thank Robert for everything he’s been doing for my country,” Shevchenko mentioned. “And I give this armband to him: this armband represents pride, power, some attachment to Ukraine.”
Soccer has assumed added significance in Ukraine in current months.
“I think to be athletes, we have a very strong voice to tell the truth to the people, to keep awareness about what’s going on in Ukraine and tell the truth about (it),” Shevchenko added.
“I know that when I wear for the first time this armband,” Lewandowski mentioned, “if some people heard about what I did, for me, it will also be an amazing feeling, amazing time because I know that sport — also people watch, for example, football and different sport as well — and if they know what is going on, it’ll be easier to understand the situation.”
Lewandowski will subsequent take to the sector with Poland on Thursday evening in a Nations League match in opposition to The Netherlands.