There has been a lot of controversy over FIFA extending the voting for the Ballon d’Or award. It was suspected to be a move to allow voters to consider Cristiano Ronaldo’s impressive performance against Sweden in the World Cup qualifying playoff.
UEFA president Michel Platini has joked that FIFA extended voting to please an angry Cristiano Ronaldo who was not pleased with FIFA Sepp Blatter mocking him on video.
“It is a FIFA decision which coincided with the Portugal playoff for the World Cup in Brazil, with Cristiano’s three goals in the game against Sweden,” he said with a smile.
“It could be that FIFA did it to please Cristiano,” Platini joked to AS.
The extension seemed to help Bayern Munich midfielder Franck Ribery fall behind in the voting.
“It did not annoy me,” Ribery said. “But it is a pity that this happened in the year when I was in the race. The Ballon d’Or is a dream, but in any case I have done what I had to do on the pitch and off it.”
Ronaldo said he wasn’t focused on the Ballon d’Or, but team accomplishments.
“Every year I have shown what I am,” Ronaldo told Portuguese TV. “I have scored 40 or 50 goals a season and that is not within the reach of everyone. I am not blinded by this [prize].”
“I did my work as I have been doing all this time,” Ronaldo said. “I do not have to respond to anyone. My answers I make on the pitch. I try always to give my best.”