While France Football has unveiled the 30 players nominated for the 2021 Ballon d’Or, the 98 world champion Frank Leboeuf recalls the uselessness, according to him, of such an individual award.
Do individual distinctions take up too much space in a team sport like football? For Frank Leboeuf, it is incomprehensible to give so much importance to the Ballon d’Or when matches and competitions are won as a team. The publication of the 30 players nominated by France Football, last Friday, pushed the former defender of the France team to push a rant.
« It really doesn’t interest me. The singers have a trophy every year. When there was the Beatles or the Rolling Stones, if John Lennon or Mick Jagger had won an individual trophy for best musician or best singer, how would the Beatles have reacted? It’s the same for me with the Ballon d’Or. This is stupid », Thus launches the world champion 98 in The Chelsea Chronicle.
Before continuing: ” It is really stupid to give an individual reward in a team sport. How stupid it would have been to reward John Lennon on his own when he was with The Beatles. That’s what I think of the Ballon d’Or. It doesn’t make sense to me “. Winner of many trophies in his career, with the Blues and the Blues, Lebœuf, as a defender, has never been put forward.
Despite everything, the election of the Ballon d’Or 2021 fascinates football fans every year and the 7th coronation of Lionel Messi, expected for Monday, November 29, is contested by some while Karim Benzema has been outstanding on the pitch since the start of the year with Real Madrid. The victory of the Blues in the League of Nations, last Sunday, is however the only collective trophy won by “KB9”.
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