Ronaldo and Messi to sit on panel of new Ballon d’Or award

Messi gana su quinto Balón de Oro

"I have always wanted to see a woman win this prestigious award", said Brazilian icon Marta, who has been named FIFA World Player of the Year five times.

France Football have announced changes to this year's Ballon d'Or awards.

Ronaldo is hoping to make it a hat-trick of awards in the Best Men's Player category, having won the title in each of the two previous years, and this time round finds himself up against former Real Madrid teammate Luka Modric and Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah.

This is the third edition of the Best Fifa Football Awards, set up after Fifa ended its association with the Ballon d'Or award.

Federation Internationale de Football Association will crown the best players, coaches and goal from the a year ago when it hosts The Best awards ceremony and gala in London on Monday, September 24.

The nominees are voted for by national team coaches (25%), national team captains (25%), select media representatives (25%) and via an online vote (25%).

Ferre said most of the female players he spoke with about the new Ballon d'Or have been enthusiastic. Each accounted for 25% of the total.




Modric beat Cristiano Ronaldo and Mo Salah to claim the top prize.

The Croatia worldwide defeated Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo and Liverpool star Mohamed Salah to win the UEFA award in Monaco.

She led Brazil to the Copa America in April, as they won all seven matches - although she only scored one of their 31 goals.

FIFPro World XI in full : David de Gea, Dani Alves, Raphael Varane, Sergio Ramos, Marcelo, Luka Modric, N'Golo Kante, Eden Hazard, Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe, Cristiano Ronaldo.

France's Didier Deschamps won the award for the best men's coach in 2018.

The Ballon d'Or merged with the FIFA World Player of the Year award from 2010-15, but the magazine and soccer's governing body split two years ago. The former Chelsea man helped Belgium to the semifinals of the World Cup before losing to eventual champs France.

He was also superb for his club Real Madrid last season in the Champions League beating Premier League giants Liverpool in the final in Kiev.

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