France Football has caused scandal at the Ballon d’Or ceremony by allowing an undisciplined person like Novak Djokovic to hand out the trophy to Aitana Bonmat.
The 25-year-old footballer enjoyed a stunning 2022-23 season for club and country.
The midfielder won the Primera Division, the Women’s Champions League and the Spanish Super Cup with Barcelona.
She was then named player of the tournament after inspiring Spain to win the Women’s World Cup.
However, while the ceremony was going well, France Football had decided that the undisciplined tennis player would share the Ballon d’Or for Bonmat.
Not only did he make a scandalous presentation, but he also forgot to hand over the Ballon d’Or to the Spanish soccer player.
Bonmati was stunned on the podium, while Didier Drogba (who was the presenter of the ceremony) had to intervene to remind the Serbian nationalist that he should have offered him the trophy.
Many SunSport readers even criticized France Football for allowing Djokovic to share the award, knowing that he has said in the past that men and women in sport cannot be paid the same.
One reader wrote: “I don’t understand why Djokovic presented this award. He is not even a feminist or a supporter of women in sports! He has come out against equal pay in tennis!!!”.
Another wrote: “I really don’t understand why we’re hearing about Novak Djokovic’s achievements and career when the focus should be on talented women, but still, there’s still a long way to go before women’s football is considered equal to men’s game”.
A third added: “I really don’t understand why Djokovic was chosen to present the Ballon d’Or to women. With the whole world watching, this was an opportunity to celebrate women. An opportunity to promote gender equality. This ceremony failed and was scandalous.”