The director of ‘France Football’ accuses Real Madrid of manipulating the Ballon d’Or

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The director of ‘France Football’ accuses Real Madrid of manipulating the Ballon d’Or

“Florentino Pérez orchestrates the campaigns well, silently, without drift, everything he does is authorized,” says Pascal Ferré

With only three days to go until the Ballon d’Or gala, where all indications are that Karim Benzema will win this award, ‘France Football’ director Pascal Ferré has lashed out at Real Madrid and Florentino Pérez for “orchestrated campaigns” for its players to achieve this precious prize.

“Florentino Pérez orchestrates campaigns well, silently, without drift, everything he does is authorized,” Ferré bluntly attacks the white president. The head of the magazine that has awarded this prize for more than six decades does not stop there, criticizing the most successful club in the world: «There are machines like Real Madrid that are very strong. Their intelligence is that they support a single player. For years it was Cristiano Ronaldo and now it’s Karim Benzema. That prevents the votes from being dispersed,” he adds.

According to Ferre, these Real Madrid campaigns, to which he alludes, “do not make you win, but you lose if there is a bad news or a bad gesture.” They know how this works. It is no coincidence if it is the club that has won the most,” he continues in his reproach to the Madrid entity.

In an interview with the agency Efe, Ferré also spoke about Benzema’s extra-sporting problems with the French legal system. He believes that reputation outside the football fields is also a factor to consider, but he does not believe that this is a problem for the French striker to win his first Ballon d’Or and take over from Leo Messi: ” I think the juries have already taken it into account, but I don’t think it’s an essential element. The Ballon d’Or is not the Nobel Peace Prize, they voted for eleven months of competition,” said the director of the prestigious French newspaper.

Since 2015, Pascal Ferré has supervised the entire voting process and the awarding of the Ballon d’Or, as he leads the group of 10 experts who choose the 30 nominees for the prize in the men’s category and the 29 candidates in the women’s category. He has the privilege of being the first to know the winner’s name every year and the difficult mood and responsibility of keeping it a secret.

Source: La Verdad

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