LUKA Modric's Ballon D'Or award has been shrouded in doubt after it was claimed a journalist whose votes were counted in nominations does not even exist.
The Real Madrid and Croatia star won football's greatest individual prize, which is awarded by France Football, earlier this week.
Reuters2 Luka Modric won the Ballon d'Or this week
The magazine published a list of all the journalists who voted and their choices for the top five.
In between representatives from Cameroon and Denmark was a journalist from Comoros by the name of Abdou Boina.
Comoros is an island country in the Indian Ocean which lies between the eastern coast of Africa and Madagascar.
Boina was said to work for albaladcomores.com.
2 The journalist from Comoros is said to not even exist, it has been claimed
But a former sports photographer who reportedly worked for the paper claims no one called Abdou Boina ever worked there.
Toimimou Abdou told alwatwan.net: "I am surprised to see that the daily Albalad Comoros exists.
"That I know and this is the reality: this newspaper is closed for almost six years. There has never been a reporter named Abdou Boina.
"We had two sports reporters, in this case, Abdoul Youssouf for the French edition and Sharif Ousseine for the Arabic edition."