Since the last 65 years, France Football has awarded the annual Ballon d’Or to the Best Footballer of the calendar year. Although the scoring system and rules regarding prizes have evolved over the years to accommodate the dynamic nature of the game, it still stands out as the most coveted Individual prize in football. . Despite losing his ‘Official’ status after severing ties with FIFA, the Ballon d’Or remains the only individual honored by the Players and fans every year, even after the FIFA The Best award. just appeared.
There are several key features that make an award like the Ballon d’Or so special. The rarity of the prize and the maze process to win it are just one of the reasons. The other major factor that makes the Ballon d’Or so special is the secrecy surrounding it. There have been many ‘leaks’ over the years of predicting winners to adjust the odds but so far none have been accurate enough to be claimed as successful and nothing more than jugglery.
In fact, only two people in the world know in advance the winners of the annual Ballon d’Or and both are, as might be guessed, members of French Football Magazine.
Ballon d’Or .’s Secret Keeper
According to a report by Rory Smith about New York TimesPascal Ferré, editor-in-chief of France Football, is one of only two people at the magazine who know the Ballon d’Or winner. Only in case of emergency, the journalist’s executive assistant is someone else who will know the whereabouts of the winner.
Talking about his great responsibility, Pascal Ferré joked that:“Imagine if I had an accident. There will still be a Ballon d’Or. ”
“This is my sixth year in charge of the event,” he said. “I didn’t make any mistakes.”
“I don’t want to lie, but I told them I couldn’t share their names because the winner is still unknown, and it wouldn’t be right if they weren’t the first to find out.”
Pascal Ferré revealed that the winner and those close to him were only informed and intimately invited at the last possible moment. Alerting players is important to maintaining a consistent flow of the planned ceremony. It’s usually a very special moment for the players. This journalist said, when he called Luka Modric to announce that he had won the 2018 Ballon d’Or, the Croatia captain ‘crying like a baby’.
After a long wait, the final Ballon d’Or 2021 winner will be revealed tonight at Paris’ Théâtre du Châtelet at 7:30pm (GMT). Robert Lewandowski, Lionel Messi, Jorginho Frello, Karim Benzema and Mohamed Salah are the main contenders for this year’s award.
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