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Ballon d’Or: ‘I didn’t put Messi first’ – France Football chief opens up

France Football’s editor-in-chief, Pascal Ferre, has revealed that he did not put Paris Saint-Germain’s Lionel Messi first during the 2021 Ballon d’ Or voting.

According to Ferre, he voted for Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski over Messi for the coveted award.

This revelation comes a week after Messi won the 2021 Ballon d’ Or ahead of Lewandowski and Chelsea’s Jorginho.

In an interview with Spanish broadcaster MARCA, Ferre said: “The Ballon d’Or is based on a democratic system. There are 170 members of the jury and they have decided to vote for Messi.

“I didn’t put Messi first. I chose Lewandowski, but I think Messi deserves the Ballon d’Or as well.”

There’s an overwhelming feeling that Lewandowski has been unlucky in not winning the Ballon d’Or over the last two seasons.

The Polish international netted 55 goals in 47 appearances in all competitions for Bayern Munich as they won the treble during the 2019/2020 campaign.

The 33-year-old would have easily won the Ballon d’Or in 2020, but the ceremony was cancelled due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.

And he was pipped to the 2021 award by Messi – who claimed an astonishing seventh gong.

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