Ballon d’Or slammed as ‘utter disgrace’ after Novak Djokovic hands over women’s award to Aitana Bonmati Controversy Surrounds Ballon d’Or Feminin Presentation by Novak Djokovic: Fans Express Outrage
The 2023 Ballon d’Or Feminin ceremony held on Monday night at the Theatre du Chatelet in Paris has sparked controversy and outrage among fans, with Novak Djokovic receiving heavy criticism for presenting the prestigious women’s football award. Aitana Bonmati, the talented midfielder from Barcelona and Spain, was crowned the Ballon d’Or Feminin winner for her exceptional performances during the 2022-23 season.
Bonmati, 25, had a phenomenal year, clinching the Primera Division, Women’s Champions League, and Supercopa de Espana titles with Barcelona. She was also instrumental in leading Spain to Women’s World Cup glory, earning her the well-deserved player of the tournament accolade.
Ballon d’Or slammed as ‘utter disgrace’ after Novak Djokovic hands over women’s award to Aitana Bonmati
However, fans took to social media to express their dismay at the choice of Novak Djokovic as the presenter for the women’s award. Many criticized Djokovic, a male tennis player, for his past controversial comments regarding gender equality in tennis, where he suggested that men should be paid more than women in the sport.
One fan expressed their confusion, stating, “I don’t understand why Djokovic presented this. He’s not even a feminist or an ally of women’s sports! He has advocated against equal pay in tennis!!!” Another criticized the focus on Djokovic’s achievements during the presentation, emphasizing the need to celebrate talented female players.
The decision to have Djokovic present the award was met with widespread criticism, with fans pointing out that it was a missed opportunity to promote gender equality and celebrate women’s achievements in football. Many fans were also disappointed that Djokovic did not physically hand over the trophy to Bonmati, detracting from the significance of the moment.
Additionally, fans criticized the organizers for not including specific categories like Women’s U21 player, Women’s Gerd Muller, and Women’s Lev Yashin awards. This omission, coupled with Djokovic’s involvement, led to widespread outrage, with fans describing the situation as an “utter disgrace.”
The controversy surrounding the Ballon d’Or Feminin presentation has highlighted the need for more inclusive and respectful recognition of women’s achievements in football. Fans are calling for greater efforts to promote gender equality within the sport and ensure that future ceremonies are more respectful and representative of the talented female athletes in the footballing world.