Who presents the Ballon d'Or?
What is the Ballon d'Or?
Who votes for the Ballon d'Or winner?
Which player has won the Ballon d'Or the most times?
When did coaches and captains of national teams gain the right to vote for the Ballon d'Or?
Which countries have supplied Ballon d'Or winners since 1995?
Why was the Ballon d'Or not awarded in 2020?
What did France Football modify about the Ballon d'Or in 2022?
Which other awards has France Football given in addition to the Ballon d'Or?
A Summary of the Ballon d'Or
- The Ballon d'Or is an annual football award presented by French news magazine France Football since 1956.
- Between 2010 and 2015, in an agreement with FIFA, the award was temporarily merged with the FIFA World Player of the Year.
- The Ballon d'Or honours the male player deemed to have performed the best over the previous year, based on voting by football journalists.
- After 2007, coaches and captains of national teams were also given the right to vote.
- Lionel Messi has won the award a record seven times, followed by Cristiano Ronaldo with five.
- The award shows a bias in favor of attacking players, which has increased in recent years, especially after 2007.
- Prior to 1995, 10 leagues supplied Ballon d'Or winners, whereas only England, France, Germany, Italy, and Spain have supplied winners since 1995.
- The award became a global prize in 2007 with all professional footballers from around the world being eligible.
- In 2020, no award was given for the year due to the COVID-19 pandemic cutting short the seasons of football clubs worldwide.
- In 2022, France Football modified the rules for the Ballon d'Or. They changed the timing so that awards were given not for achievements during a calendar year, but for a football season.
- Nine players have won the FIFA World Cup, the European Cup/UEFA Champions League, and the Ballon d'Or during their careers.
- France Football has given additional awards such as "Goalscorer of the Year," "Best Club of the Year," and the "Socrates Trophy."
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