Organized by France Football, the Golden Ball is awarded after a vote in which no less than 180 voters participate.
Which player will add his name to the Ballon d’Or prize list? This Monday is in fact organized on the stage of the Châtelet theater the Ballon d’Or 2021 ceremony, with the announcement of the successor of Lionel Messi, crowned in 2019 and the last winner of the prestigious trophy following the decision as a climax. through France Football to cancel the 2020 Ballon d’Or due to the coronavirus.
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The name of the lucky winner, who was notified ahead of his victory, should be announced around 11 p.m. As has been the case since 2016 and the end of the brief merger between the Ballon d’Or and the trophy awarded by Fifa, the winner was chosen after the vote of a jury of specialists. 180 journalists from as many countries spoke at the beginning of the autumn.
They were asked to designate – before October 24 – their Top 5 from a list of 30 players defined by France Football, with the first of each Top 5 scoring six points, the second four points, the third three points, the fourth two points and the fifth one point. Once the vote was completed, France Football was able to establish a ranking based on the number of points collected by each player, with, in the event of a tie, an advantage given to the player most often named in first place.
The 180 voters were also responsible for voting for the Lev Yachine trophy awarded to the best goalkeeper with this time a Top 3 among the ten nominated goalkeepers. On the other hand, the winner of the Raymond Kopa trophy, awarded to the best youngster, was chosen by a jury made up of former winners of the Golden Ball. Finally, the Women’s Ballon d’Or is awarded by a jury of 50 journalists specializing in women’s football.