Ballon d’Or Returns: Messi To Battle It Out With Ronaldo For The Top Prize
English Premier League’s fairytale winners Leicester City are represented by attacking duo Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy.
The Ballon d’Or was first introduced in 1956 to reward players based on their performances in the previous 12 months on votes exclusively from journalists in Europe.
FIFA’s then president Joseph Blatter paid 15 million euros in 2010 for the rights to host the trophy under the name of FIFA Ballon d’Or, combining the original French prize and the FIFA World Player of the year, which was introduced in 1991 and awarded until 2009 with the winner decided by votes from national team coaches, captains and media from all of the association members.
More than a month ago, the French publication France Football announced that the arrangement to organize the yearly Ballon d’Or by soccer’s world governing body FIFA would not be renewed.