The former Real Madrid defender believed he deserved to win the award.
A leaked conversation between Spanish national team captain, Sergio Ramos, and the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) President, Luis Rubiales, has disclosed that the former Real Madrid FC captain begged the Spanish football chief to help him win the Ballon d’Or.
Ramos has never won the prestigious individual football prize and a message dated back to 2018 shows the PSG star felt he deserved to win it and begged Rubiales for help.
The written WhatsApp messages were discovered and released by El Confidencial. One conversation between the PSG defender and Rubiales between July 16, 2020 and August 8, 2020 shows that the World Cup winner wanted Rubiales to use his contacts to ensure he won the award.
“Rubi, good evening. I hope you are well with all the family. You know I’ve never asked you for anything, but if I want to do it today it’s because I think it’s a special year given the performances I’ve put in,’’ Ramos said in the message.
“I would like you to help me as much as you can and touch some keys from UEFA and your contacts for the Ballon d’Or.
“I would be grateful for the rest of my life, not only for my sake but also because I think Spanish football deserves it very much. I send you a big hug.’’
Rubiales replied the message by congratulating the defender for having a brilliant season, but told Ramos his powers were limited to grant such favours while insisting that he could help if it was possible.
“Hello, Sergio. First of all, congratulations, I think it’s a good year for you to get it. I hope you have a magnificent final in the Champions League. Of course it’s not up to me about the Ballon d’Or, but if I can help you, you can count on it,’’ Rubiales replied.
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