Ballon d'Or (World best player) is widely regarded as the most prestigious individual award in football, which is usually given to the player with the best performance over the last football season, and calendar year as the case may be.
Since the inception of the award, it has majorly been won by players within European league, either from Spain, Italy, England, Germany, France, Netherlands and host of few other countries within Europe continent.
The Argentine skipper, Lionel Andres Messi has the highest number of this award, as he claimed it 6 times in his career so far, within 2009 to 2012, 2015 and 2019. The Paris Saint-Germain Attacker won in it all during his spell at Barcelona, where he recorded magnificent achievements.
Manchester United Striker, Cristiano Ronaldo follows Messi, as the second player with highest Ballon d'Or award, as he has claimed 5 in his career so far. The first one Ronaldo won came in 2008 during his first spell in English football with the Red devils, and he went on to win 3 more with the Spanish giants, Real Madrid.
Back in year 2007, players from three different European League's, Kaka from AC Milan, Messi from Barcelona and Ronaldo from Manchester United were on the podium for FIFA World Player of the year award. This feat has never been achieved by any other continent in the world.
Most of the best League are in Europe. The top 8 ranked League in the world are English Premier League, Spanish La Liga, German Bundesliga, Italian Serie A, French Ligue 1, Dutch Eredivisie, Chinese Super League, Major League Soccer.
The following are major reasons why Europe based players has been dominating in terms of Ballon d'Or or FIFA World player of the year awards;
Europe are basically the master of modern football. Specifically, English Premier League has the widest coverage among every other Leagues in the world, due to its partnership with many broadcasting agency, as they sustain robust broadcast and publication over the years.
There are millions of people across the globe who follows the live event of EPL, and as such, know so much details about the League. Manchester United which is one of the biggest club in England, has the highest number of football fans or followers in the whole world. With this impression, players from any of the top European League's can easily be recognize and recommend for an award like Ballon d'Or, especially when they perform brilliantly.
2. Sponsorship and deals:
European top League's has big support and deals with many international private organizations. Even individual quality players either in EPL, La Liga, Bundesliga often sign deal with different companies, and in the process, both parties benefits greatly.
3. Quality pattern:
Top European League's are known for their topnotch quality in terms of playing pattern, match officiating, live coverage, friendly atmosphere, football pitch, and compliance with schedule.
All the aforementioned are not common or well pronounced in African, Asian, and American Football.
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