France Football, a French publication has drawn the curtain with FIFA over Ballon d’Or.
“The end of the partnership between France Football and FIFA will lead to a new look of Ballon d’Or.
“Discover it next Tuesday in FF,” read a news release of the French publication.
The Ballon d’Or was first introduced in 1956, when the European Cup (now known as the Champions League) came into existence.
It was conceived to reward players based on their performances in the previous 12 months on votes exclusively from journalist in Europe.
The FIFA World Player of the Year, on the other hand, was introduced in 1991.
It awarded until 2009 with the winner decided by votes from national team coaches and captains from all of the association members.
In 2010, the Ballon d’Or and the FIFA World Player of the Year were fused to become the FIFA Ballon d’Or.
It became an annual association football award given to the world’s best male player by the sport’s governing body, FIFA, and the French publication France Football since 2010
JURY & SELECTION PROCESS
Since 2009 when both Ballon d’Or and FIFA Player of the year award were merged the selection process was also disclosed to public.
All national team captains and Coaches plus 1 specialist journalists from every country can vote for the nominees.
They get a draft where they have to pick three players in descending order and when the drafts are return FIFA calculate points account to following criteria.
First position pick is awarded 5 points, second pick is 3 and third pick gets 1 point.
So around 500 voters (170 national team captain, 170 national coaches and around 170 journalists) choices are counted.
The player with most points get the Ballon d’Or award.
It was designed to select the world’s best player of the year, based on votes from media, team coaches and captains.
Barcelona star Lionel Messi won the award for record five times, while Cristiano Ronaldo went for three.
The contract previously signed by the FIFA and France Football has expired with neither organisation interested in extending it.
The most prestigious individual award will now go back to its initial format.
Now let’s take a look at the all past winners of Ballon d’Or (now FIFA Ballon d’Or) award.
From 1956 only European players were eligible but in 1995 any nationality player playing for an European club was eligible.
PAST WINNERS OF BALLON D’OR AWARD
YEAR WINNER NATIONALITY CLUB
2015 Lionel Messi Argentina FC Barcelona
2014 Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal Real Madrid
2013 Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal Real Madrid
2012 Lionel Messi Argentina FC Barcelona
2011 Lionel Messi Argentina FC Barcelona
2010 Lionel Messi Argentina FC Barcelona
2009 Lionel Messi Argentina FC Barcelona
2008 Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal Manchester United
2007 Kaká Brazil AC Milan
2006 Fabio Cannavaro Italy Real Madrid/Juventus
2005 Ronaldinho Brazil Barcelona
2004 Andriy Shevchenko Ukraine AC Milan
2003 Pavel Nedvěd Czech Republic Juventus
2002 Ronaldo Brazil Real Madrid
2001 Michael Owen England Liverpool
2000 Luís Figo Portugal Real Madrid
1999 Rivaldo Brazil Barcelona
1998 Zinedine Zidane France Juventus
1997 Ronaldo Brazil Inter Milan
1996 Matthias Sammer Germany Borussia Dortmund
1995 George Weah Liberia AC Milan
1994 Hristo Stoichkov Bulgaria Barcelona
1993 Roberto Baggio Italy Juventus
1992 Marco van Basten Netherlands AC Milan
1991 Jean-Pierre Papin France Marseille
1990 Lothar Matthäus Germany Inter Milan
1989 Marco van Basten Netherlands AC Milan
1988 Marco van Basten Netherlands AC Milan
1987 Ruud Gullit Netherlands AC Milan
1986 Igor Belanov Soviet Union Dynamo Kyiv
1985 Michel Platini France Juventus
1984 Michel Platini France Juventus
1983 Michel Platini France Juventus
1982 Paolo Rossi Italy Juventus
1981 Karl-Heinz Rummenigge Germany Bayern Munich
1980 Karl-Heinz Rummenigge Germany Bayern Munich
1979 Kevin Keegan England Hamburg
1978 Kevin Keegan England Hamburg
1977 Allan Simonsen Denmark Borussia M”nchengladbach
1976 Franz Beckenbauer Germany Bayern Munich
1975 Oleg Blokhin Soviet Union Dynamo Kyiv
1974 Johan Cruyff Netherlands Barcelona
1973 Johan Cruyff Netherlands Barcelona
1972 Franz Beckenbauer Germany Bayern Munich
1971 Johan Cruyff Netherlands Barcelona
1970 Gerd Müller Germany Bayern Munich
1969 Gianni Rivera Italy Milan
1968 George Best Northern Ireland Manchester United
1967 Flórián Albert Hungary Ferencv rosi TC
1966 Bobby Charlton England Manchester United
1965 Eusébio Portugal Benfica
1964 Denis Law Scotland Manchester United
1963 Lev Yashin Soviet Union Dynamo Moscow
1962 Josef Masopust Czechoslovakia Dukla Prague
1961 Omar Sívori Italy Juventus
1960 Luis Suárez Spain Barcelona
1959 Alfredo Di Stéfano Spain Real Madrid
1958 Raymond Kopa France Real Madrid
1957 Alfredo Di Stéfano Spain Real Madrid
1956 Stanley Matthews England Blackpool
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