France Football’s editor-in-chief has rubbished a report that Lionel Messi has already been told he has won the 2021 Ballon d’Or.
A jury of 53 sports journalists are said to have cast their votes around two weeks ago, raising speculation as to who they have opted for.
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But France Football’s Pascal Ferre, who issue football’s most prestigious individual award, has called reports of a leaked a result “a big bluff”.
Alongside Messi, Robert Lewandowski is among the favourites to win the award later this month following a prolific 12 months for Bayern Munich and Poland.
The striker scored 55 goals in 47 matches for the Bundesliga champions during the 2019-20 campaign and followed that up with another 48 in 40 last season.
He told Sport recently: “If the Ballon d’Or arrives it would be extraordinary for what it would mean winning one more. The seventh would be crazy.
“If not, nothing happens. I have already achieved one of my great goals. I am very happy for what happened and now that whatever has to happen happens.”
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