MYSTERY surrounds the absence of any contribution from Giovanni Trapattoni and Robbie Keane to the voting for the prestigiousBallon D’Or award, writes Daniel McDonnell.
Lionel Messi was presented with the gong on Monday, having topped a poll that is decided by the opinions of the managers and captains of FIFA’s recognised national teams, in addition to select journalists from each country.
FIFA released the breakdown of voting after Messi was honoured, allowing people from around the globe the chance to see who their manager and skipper nominated.
However, the names of Ireland boss Trapattoni and captain Keane were missing from the list, which suggests that they didn’t register their votes.
Argentina and North Korea were two other notable absentees.
The Irish Independent sought clarification from the FAI yesterday, but communications staff were unavailable for comment and did not respond to messages.
The Ballon D’Or was initially devised by France Football magazine, but FIFA are now prominently involved in the award after merging it with their old ‘World Player of the Year.’