Lewis Birrell for Opinion Football:
The two frontrunners were not the only men guilty of tactical voting. The Portugal coach did not rate Messi in his top three; the Argentina coach voted for three Argentinians; the Brazil coach picked Neymar; and the Germany manager selected three Germans. The levels of bias and favouritism in the voting make the Eurovision song contest look positively objective.
I don’t like the Ballon d’Or, partly for this reason, but more because of the individualistic nature of the price in a team sport.