France Football magazine announced on Friday that it was going to change the criteria for awarding the Ballon d’Or, namely the time evaluated. Recent picks have been called into question, including when Lionel Messi overtook Robert Lewandowski – even the Argentine said his rival deserved it…
In other words, the panel will evaluate the sports season and not the calendar year, as has been the case until now. Collective gains and trophies will also take a back seat.
The magazine highlights four changes: season, more pundits, fewer voters and individual award – they will review a player’s performance regardless of what awards he wins with the team.
So, the next trophy will assess the 2021/22 season, not what a player does in two different seasons. Qatar’s World Cup will be out, and its weight will be assessed for 2022/23.
The first lists to be established will not be made exclusively by the editorial staff of the magazine, but experts and former winners will be used – in this case, Luís Figo and Cristiano Ronaldo will be able to participate.
As for the final vote, only the top 100 FIFA representatives will be asked to vote to make it more specialized.
Eusébio won the trophy in 1965, Luís Figo in 2000 and Cristiano Ronaldo in 2008, 2016 and 2017. Last year he joined the Dream Team.