France Football director on the Ballon d’Or: “Madrid knows how to orchestrate campaigns.”

France Football’s director Pascal Ferré refuses to give any hints on who will win the Ballon d’Or this coming Monday.

In an interview with Agencia EFE that appeared on Mundo Deportivo, Ferré discussed Real Madrid’s approach to the prize:

“Madrid knows how to orchestrate campaigns. Florentino Pérez orchestrates the campaigns well and tacitly. Real Madrid’s approach is to support a single player. For years it was Cristiano Ronaldo and now it’s Karim Benzema. That prevents votes from being dispersed. They know how this works. It’s no coincidence that it is the club that has won it the most times.”

He also revealed his thoughts on whether he thinks there will be a Kylian Mbappé-Erling Haaland rivalry in the future:

“There is a lot of talk about the rivalry between Mbappé and Haaland, but neither has won the Champions League. At Mbappé’s age, Messi already had two Ballon d’Ors. If they want to establish a similar rivalry they have to start winning major trophies now. Messi and Ronaldo didn’t take that long.”


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