The Ballon d'Or is the greatest individual sports award that every footballer yarns for. It is usually organized by a French magazine L'Equipe to honour outstanding footballers who have done creditably well in a particular season.
When it started, it was called the 'Golden Ball', later the ballon d'Or was merged with the FIFA best player award. It is a prestigious award, and we will be looking at 5 things you probably didn't know about the Ballon d'Or.
Photo Goal: 2019 Ballon d'Or top three
Club With Most Ballon d'Or win
This award has been won six times by Lionel Messi of Barcelona. This means Barcelona of Spain has had the award the most, all by the same player.
Last Winner In England
Michael Owen was the last England player to win the award in 2001 after a successful season with Liverpool. Though some English players have won the award in the past.
In 2005, Jamie Carragher and Christiano Ronaldo were both tied at 20th position in the ranking, surprised right? It did happen.
Votes and Nominations
There has been surprising nominations from England as they have had it rough since 2012. After Harry Kane received the nomination last year, Jamie Vardy had earlier received a nomination.
Who is Eligible to Vote
The voting is done by international journalists and the coaches and captains of the national teams playing under FIFA.
This Year's award which was originally scheduled to take place in Paris in December has been canceled due to Covid 19. According to the body, they don't have much competitions upon which the selections will be based.
Early predictions and analysis suggest Lewandowski was in the pole position of clinching the award. The award will however make a return next year.
Who should have won this year's award?
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