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Ballon d’Or awards

Ballon d’Or awards

This year was the 64th annual ceremony of Ballon d’Or which was presented by France Football. The nominees for the awards were announced on 6 November 2019.

About Ballon d’Or awards:

The Ballon d'Or the Golden Ball is an annual football award that is presented by France Football. It has been awarded since the year 1956, although between 2010 and 2015 there was an agreement made with FIFA and the award was temporarily merged with the FIFA World Player of the Year, and was known as the FIFA Ballon d'Or. However, the partnership ended in the year 2016, and the award reverted to the Ballon d'Or, while FIFA also returned to its separate annual award (now named The Best FIFA Men's Player).

Key Points:

  • A total of 176 international journalists voted for 2019 edition of Football Awards, with journalists from Europe and Asia voting for van Dijk, while journalists from Africa, Oceania and North and South America voted for Messi.
  • Lionel Messi ended his 3-year Ballon D'Or drought by winning the biggest prize in world football. The Barcelona superstar won the prestigious award for a record-breaking 6th time.
  • He overtakes Ronaldo and sits on top in the all-time list in the following year 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2019.

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