Rarely has the 2021 Ballon d’Or generated so many reactions, with many voices being raised against Lionel Messi’s victory.
The seventh coronation of Lionel messi was not to everyone’s liking. While the German press has referred to a “Scandal” after the announcement of the second place of Robert lewandowski, the Argentinian victory was deemed incomprehensible by many observers, some citing ” a joke “ Where ” an injustice “. The now sevenfold Ballon d’Or tried to get ahead of the critics by declaring, on the stage of the Théâtre du Châtelet, to hope to see the Pole receive the Ballon d’Or 2020, canceled due to the Coronavirus epidemic.
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A proposal that does not seem to have convinced Pascal Ferré, editor-in-chief of France Football and organizer of the Ballon d’Or. “It does not call for any response for the moment, because we will not respond to all the injunctions, he confided in an interview with the Parisian. But the message was rather classy and fair. At the same time, Lewandowski deserves all the fair play shown around him because he himself has shown great elegance vis-à-vis Messi and the Ballon d’Or institution. Afterwards, as for acceding to the wish of the sevenfold Golden Ball… He is not the one who sets the rules, we are the ones who are going to set them a little bit anyway (laughs). We will never know if Lewandowski would have had it last year since the vote never took place. Yes he was a big favorite because he had crushed his whole class, his talent, the year. But one cannot know if the impression which could be that of many would have been translated in this way. “
This is Leo Messi we’re talking about,
The journalist has nevertheless of course the criticisms and a reflection will be initiated for the next edition of the Ballon d’Or. “In a while, we will all be sitting around a table to talk about what worked and what didn’t work, possible areas for improvement and suggestions”, he explained, adding about Lionel Messi’s proposal: “Obviously we’ll talk about that one. But as to what answer will be given, it is too early to tell. “
Pascal Ferré has also raised the tone in the face of the many criticisms that Lionel Messi has been subject to since the announcement of his victory, recalling the status of the Argentine. “When I hear some say that the Golden Ball has lost its aura, its credit, because Leo Messi won a seventh Golden Ball … It’s Leo Messi we’re talking about, he thundered. One of the five greatest players of all time. Leo Messi! He is not a Carquefou player. He undoubtedly took advantage of his anteriority in the heads of the jurors. ”