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'It will be an honour' - Lewandowski to wear Ukraine armband at World Cup after Shevchenko meeting

10:58 AM EDT 9/20/22
Robert Lewandowski will wear a captain's armband featuring the Ukrainian colours at the World Cup following a meeting with Andriy Shevchenko.
  • Lewandowski met with Ukraine legend Shevchenko
  • Says he'll be honoured to show support
  • Poland shares a border with Ukraine

WHAT HAPPENED? Poland captain Lewandowski was presented with the special armband ahead of the World Cup kicking off in November. The Barcelona star wore a similar armband last season for Bayern Munich in a Bundesliga clash with Eintracht Frankfurt in a show of support for Ukraine following the start of Russia's military invasion, and the country's former captain and head coach Shevchenko thanked him in a special ceremony at Poland's national stadium in Warsaw.

WHAT THEY SAID: "This armband symbolizes for me many emotions related to my country. I thank you and the entire Polish nation for supporting my compatriots," said Shevchenko, who is an ambassador for Laureus Sport for Good.

Lewandowski posted a picture of their meeting on Twitter with the caption: "Thank you @jksheva7. It was a pleasure to meet you! It will be an honour for me to carry this captains armband in the colors of Ukraine to the World Cup."

THE BIGGER PICTURE: Poland shares a border with Ukraine and Lewandowski has been vocal in his opposition to Russia's invasion, dropping Huawei as a sponsor over claims that the tech giant has been aiding the Russian state. He also tweeted back in March: "For all people who value freedom and peace, this is a time of solidarity with the victims of military aggression against Ukraine."

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WHAT NEXT FOR LEWANDOWSKI? Lewandowski will wear the armband during his side's World Cup opener against Mexico on November 22. Saudi Arabia and Argentina are also in Poland's group.