By the very admission of some of his former teammates in the Nazionale, Fabio Cannavaro, crowned in 2006, did not deserve to win the Ballon d’Or.
The seventh Ballon d’Or won by Lionel Messi last December at the expense of Robert Lewandowski, judged by many to be the best player in 2021, has caused a lot of ink to flow. To the extent that France Football, who presides over the awarding of the most coveted individual trophy, has decided to change the rules from this year. The reward will thus be awarded next month and will have to take more account of the individual performances of the players rather than their collective records.
Lionel Messi, however, is not the first Ballon d’Or contested. The victories of Luis Figo (2000), Pavel Nedved (2003), Lionel Messi (2010), Cristiano Ronaldo (2013) or Luka Modric (2018) also aroused strong reactions. The most controversial coronation, however, is undoubtedly that of Fabio Cannavaro, rewarded in 2006 a few months after the world title won by Italy in Germany. The central defender had beaten his compatriot Gianluigi Buffon and Thierry Henry while Zinedine Zidane had to settle for fifth place, a consequence of his whim and his exclusion in the German World Cup final.
I wouldn’t have even taken the trophy
More than fifteen years have passed and the coronation of the former Madrid player still appears to some as an incongruity. Evidenced by the exchange between his two former teammates, Francesco Totti and Alessandro Del Piero. “I just missed the Champions League in my list while you won everything with your club. You just miss the Ballon d’Or”first launched Francesco Totti to his former partner of the Nazionale, the latter replying: “You didn’t win it either, so I’m easy. »
“If Cannavaro won it, that really means we’re bogus”then added the Roman icon, adding: “If I had been Cannavaro, I wouldn’t even have taken the trophy. I would have said in his place: “I adore you but I leave football to others, it’s not for me…” A tackle in good and due form which made the former Turin playmaker laugh a lot.