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"I did not put Messi first": Pascal Ferré responds to the controversy over the Ballon d'Or


The editor-in-chief of France Football returned to the controversy of the Ballon d'Or awarded to Lionel Messi.

Monday evening, Lionel Messi received his seventh Ballon d'Or at the Théâtre du Châtelet.

An award that crystallized passions in the football microcosm.

Many voices were raised to support Robert Lewandowski, who came second.

In an interview with


, Pascal Ferré spoke about the controversy surrounding the Ballon d'Or.

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I didn't put Messi first.

I picked Lewandowski first, but I think Messi deserves the Ballon d'Or.

What Messi said was kind and smart.

I think we don't have to make these decisions very quickly



Messi evokes "

an honor

" to be elected Ballon d'Or 2021

In 2020, Robert Lewandowski, crowned with a Champions League, was the big favorite to win the Ballon d'Or.

Finally, this edition was canceled by the French media due to the Covid-19 health crisis.

The editor-in-chief of France Football also spoke about the potential award of a Ballon d'Or 2020.

We can think about it and at the same time we have to respect the history of the Ballon d'Or, which is based on the elections.

We cannot be sure Lewandowski would have won the Ballon d'Or last year.

We cannot find out because there was no election.

But, to be honest, last year Lewandowski would have had a good chance of winning


Every year, the Ballon d'Or award system spills a lot of ink.



took the opportunity to question Pascal Ferré on the evolution of the electoral system for the next editions.

As after every election, we will take the time to think about how we can improve the electoral system for the years to come.

But we will not be making decisions too quickly.

We will investigate all the details of the election.


Source: lefigaro

All sports articles on 2021-12-01

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