Italian media outlets have criticized the 2021 Ballon d’Or ceremony organizers after they paid a fitting tribute to Diego Maradona and Gerd Muller, But not to Italy World Cup winner Paolo Rossi.
As part of the France Football event in Paris, which sawLionel Messi
win the award again, there was also an In Memoriam part dedicated to the football legends who passed away over the last year.
Following the Kopa Award which was given toBarcelona
as the greatest under 21 player of the year, the event program centered on the memories of
They both deserved to be recognized. And France Football did it with a great service, accompanied not only by old pictures of their accomplishments, but also by the words of the evening's two protagonists Lionel Messi andRobert Lewandowski
However, they forgot to show the same respect to
, who won the Ballon d'Or in 1982 after leading Italy to World Cup glory.
It aroused a few questions in the Italian press, which France Football chief
“We don’t want to get into this sort of controversy, anything I say would be twisted. We cannot read every aspect of the ceremony in a controversial way,”
La Gazzetta dello Sport
“If needs be, I will speak directly to the family of Paolo Rossi.”
Rossi died in December 2020 at the age of 64 after a long illness.
Pablito Rossi won the European Cup, the UEFA Supercup, and the Cup Winners' Cup with Juventus, in addition to his two Serie A victories.
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