Journalist who voted in Ballon d’Or says his selections were tallied up wrong

Croatian midfielder Luka Modric scooped up the prestigious accolade for the first time, beating the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Kylian Mbappe to win the golden trophy.

And many were astonished that five-time winner Lionel Messi was ranked fifth overall in the rankings after netting a joint high 45 goals this season – level only with Ronaldo.

Now, a journalist in Trinidad and Tobago, Lasana Liburd, has revealed that his vote was recorded wrong.

The writer tweeted: "My FIFA player of the year selection should have been tallied as (in correct order): Messi, Modric, Ronaldo, Salah, Griezmann…

"I’ve voted for this prestigious award for years without issue. Don’t know what went wrong. But I do have a record of my vote…"

His tweet has been retweeted almost 600 times and liked around double that.

And many fans have begun to express their doubts about the credibility of those who recorded the vote count.

One fan said: "Wait.. what if this has happend to more people".

Some fans have even gone so far as to say the award was fixed in favour of Modric.

And the journalist's revealings is not the only thing which has caused controversy at the awards.

French DJ Martin Solveig has been caught up in a sexism storm after asking Ada Hegerberg to twerk.

The Norwegian footballer became the first woman to win the Ballon D'or.

Modric's achievement meant it was the first time since 2007 that someone other than Messi or Ronaldo picked up the prestigious award.

It was also the first time Messi has not featured in the top three since 2006, when Italian defender Fabio Cannavaro won the award.

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