Former Equatorial Guinea captain Juvenal Edjogo has revealed his vote was changed in the 2013 Ballon d’Or for Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. However, he claimed he didn’t vote for any of them and was surprised to see the changes. Ronaldo won the Ballon d’Or in 2013, with Messi finishing second and Franck Ribéry third. Many thought the Frenchman deserved the trophy after his year with Bayern Munich.
Speaking on Spanish sports network Gol Play, Edjoga claimed he doesn’t believe in football rewards as the votes change. He recalled his 2013 Ballon d’Or votes and said: “The little I can say about this type of award is that in 2013 I voted for my three players for the Ballon d’Or. , and I sent my votes, and in the end when it was made public, the list of those who voted for whom, my votes were different. He said I voted for Messi, Cristiano, and I don’t know who else, but I didn’t vote for any of them. That’s why I say, I don’t believe in absolutely anything. about these awards. Since then, I think these awards have no value.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s former teammates on Lionel Messi winning the Ballon d’Or
Real Madrid star Toni Kroos has spoken about Lionel Messi winning the Ballon d’Or in 2021 and hinted it should have been Robert Lewandowski. Cristiano Ronaldo’s former team-mate believes the Argentinian and Portuguese have been the best of the last decade, but others have deserved it in 2021. He said: “It’s absolutely undeserved. There is no doubt that Messi, along with Cristiano, has been the player of the last decade, but this year there should have been others ahead of him.
Iker Casillas was also of a similar opinion and added that he too finds it hard to believe in football awards.
He said: “It’s getting harder and harder for me to believe in the awards of football. Messi is one of the five best players in the history of football but you have to know who is the most outstanding player after the season. It’s not that difficult.”
Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have 12 Ballon d’Ors between them, with the Argentine having won it seven times.