The Ballon d’Or Organization Depicts Mestalla Incidents to Award Socrates Prize
Valencia CF Expresses Displeasure Over Unfair Association with Vinicius Jr.’s Recognition
The aftermath of the Ballon d’Or 2023 gala, where Aitana Bonmatí and Leo Messi emerged as the winners, has generated widespread reactions and unintended consequences. One such reaction came from Valencia CF, who felt their image was unjustly tarnished when Vinicius Jr. was honored.
The controversy has deep roots and is well-documented. Valencia CF was penalized for the racist insults directed at Vinicius during a recent league match against Real Madrid at Mestalla stadium.
The club officials and Valencia fans were deeply offended, believing they were victims of a targeted campaign following an incident involving a few individuals. They also felt that Vinicius Jr. had exacerbated the situation with his provocations.