Qatar national team coach Al Zarraa Fahad has claimed that he was ‘ordered’ to vote for Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo for the Ballon D’Or.
There has been a lot of speculations in the social media and among the fans in the past few years over the validity of the Ballon D’Or’s election process. Conspiracy theorists have come up with lot of explanations and hypotheses about how the voting process is rigged. Although most of these theories are not kept along with any evidence, the results of the Ballon D’Or have often left a lot to be desired in the past.
Questions were raised when the voting for the Ballon D’Or was extended, which coincided with Ronaldo’s brilliant rise in form, but those questions were mostly raised by Messi-fanatics in the social media. But the fact that this decision arrived after Sepp Blatter’s controversial comments against Ronaldo and how he favoured Messi, did add fuel to those speculations.
Of course Ballon D’Or is not the only voting process that has come under the scrutiny. FIFA awarding the 2022 World Cup to Qatar has also raised a lot of questions, especially considering how ill-suited the nation’s climatic condition is for a high profile tournament like Qatar. Allegations of bribing followed soon, but once again, nothing substantial came out of those allegations.
Now to add more fuel to all the speculations, Qatar coach Al Zarraa Fahad has claimed that he was asked to vote for Cristiano Ronaldo by His Majesty Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, as a favour [for bringing the World Cup to Qatar] to FIFA boss Sepp Blatter, who wanted to clean his image. It is suggested by him that Blatter wanted to wash his hands of the allegations of favouritism for Lionel Messi brought against him by the fans and hence wanted Ronaldo to win the award.
“I received the order from the president to vote for Cristiano Ronaldo, to help clean up the bad image created Blatter. A kind of thank you for bringing the World Cup here.” – Al Zarraa Fahad said in an interview.
This interview is certain to create a furore among the fans once again, but it would be unfair on Ronaldo to take these allegations seriously, as the Real Madrid star clearly deserved it this time. But the conspiracy theorists are sure to have a field day with this quote.
Qatar manager Al Zarraa Fahad has claimed he was asked to vote for Ronaldo, as a favour to FIFA boss Sepp Blatter. pic.twitter.com/7gAj88lFE6
— Mina Mercato. (@MiinaFCB) January 14, 2014
Qatar’s National coach Al Zarraa Fahad: “I was told by my president to vote for Ronaldo to help Blatter clean up his image…”
— Pavel Astafiev (@p_astafiev) January 15, 2014