The rankings of the Golden Ball which leaked and which announced Lionel Messi or Robert Lewandowski winners are pure “fakes”. France Football is categorical.
The rankings gave Lionel Messi winner, or Robert Lewandowski and sometimes even Cristiano Ronaldo. But everything is bogus! For those who doubted it, all the 2021 Ballon d’or rankings circulating on social networks since Thursday are rude fakes. This is confirmed by Pascal Ferré, the general manager of France Football, the magazine which organizes the poll.
“There is no summary table that has been printed since the end of the votes. All that will be circulating in the next few days and weeks is fake, it’s that simple, confirms Pascal Ferré with Eurosport. We are not going to be pretentious by saying that we will never be hacked, but there are two, three basic rules that we observe and, among them, that of never printing a summary table of the ranking of the Ballon d’Or. “
Benzema still has every chance!
As a precaution, France Football will therefore avoid creating any document where we could see the results of the votes, with the name of the winner and those of the losers. This will therefore prevent all leaks, which can go very quickly in the age of smartphones and social networks, where a photo is very quickly taken and posted.
France Football must however be able to know the name of the winner of the prestigious trophy, since the 180 voting journalists had until last Sunday to choose their winner. But like the Coca-Cola recipe, it’s a very well-kept secret, known to the few. Karim Benzema can therefore be reassured. Even if the leaks announced rather Messi or Lewandowski winners, the Real Madrid striker still has all his chances of being crowned …