Monday, December 2, at the Paris theater “Chatelet” will be held the ceremony of awarding the most prestigious individual award in world football “Golden ball” (Ballon d’or) awarded by the publication France Football (beginning at 21:30). Note that proshlogodnie the winner of midfielder of real Madrid and Croatia’s Luka Modric this time was not even among the nominees.
“FACTS” will hold an online broadcast of the gala evening in the French capital, where you will be able to follow the news.
Voting results “leaked” to the network
In the network appeared the final results of voting of media representatives. The real you? Find out in the evening. Meantime, to congratulate Lionel Messi with the sixth “Golden ball” we will not hurry.
In October, the French newspaper published a list of 30 contenders for the “Golden ball”, winner of which will be determined by the outcome of the vote 96 sports journalists.
To award claim: Sadio mane (Senegal, Liverpool), Sergio agüero (Argentina, Manchester city), Frankie de Jong (Netherlands, FC Barcelona), Hugo Lloris (France, Tottenham Hotspur), Dusan Tadic (Serbia, “Ajax”), Kilian Mbappe (France, PSG), Trent Alexander-Arnold (England, Liverpool), Donny van de Beek (Netherlands, Ajax), Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Gabon, Arsenal), Marc-Andre Ter Stegen (Germany, FC Barcelona), Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal, Juventus), Alisson (Brazil, Liverpool), Mattijs de Licht (the Netherlands, Juventus), Karim Benzema (France, real Madrid), georginio Wijnaldum from Wijnaldum (Netherlands, Liverpool), Virgil van Dijk (the Netherlands, “Liverpool”), Bernardo Silva (Portugal, Manchester city), son Heung-Min (South Korea, Tottenham Hotspur FC), Robert Lewandowski (Poland, Bayern Munich), Roberto Firmino (Brazil, Liverpool), Lionel Messi (Argentina, Barcelona), Riyad Mahrez (Algeria, from Manchester city), Kevin de Bruyne (Belgium, Manchester city), Khalid Coulibaly (Senegal, Napoli), Antoine Griezmann (France, Barcelona), Mohamed Salah (Egypt, Liverpool), Eden hazard (Belgium, “real”), Marquinhos (Brazil, PSG), Raheem sterling (England, Manchester city), Raul Feliz (Portugal, Atletico Madrid).
Note that, in addition to Luka Modric, among the nominees were not stars like Neymar (Brazil, PSG), Paul Pogba (France, Manchester United) and Harry Kane (England, Tottenham).
Last year’s winner of the “Golden ball” Croat Luka Modric attended the ceremony in Paris with his wife Vanya and children — a son Ivano, daughters EMA and Sofia
The prize for 13 thousand euros
The award winner was made in Paris jewelry house Mellerio dits Meller. The prize consists of two hemispheres of brass, is mounted on a base of pyrite and coated with a gold layer (the height of the modern version — 31 cm, width 23 cm). The winner’s name is engraved on the ball. The cost of the “Golden ball” about 13 thousand euros.
It looks like the award, presented annually by France Football
The Lev Yashin Trophy
This year France Football for the first time will be awarded the Lev Yashin award, awarded to the best goalkeeper.
For the prize the only goalkeeper-winner of the “Golden ball” (1963) claim: Jan Oblak (Slovenia, club atlético de Madrid), Manuel Neuer (Germany, Bayern), Wojciech Szczesny (Poland, Juventus), Alisson Becker (Brazil, Liverpool), Hugo Lloris (France, Tottenham Hotspur), Kepa Arrizabalaga (Spain, Chelsea), Marc-Andre Ter Stegen (Germany, Barcelona), Samir handanovič (Slovenia, inter), Ederson (Brazil, Manchester city) and andré Onan (Cameroon, Ajax).
Lunin among the nominees
During the gala evening the owner will find the prize Kopa Trophy, awarded to the best young player (under 21). It is gratifying that among the 10 contenders for the award is the goalkeeper of the national team of Ukraine Andrey Lunin, who became world champion U20.
The company goal “Valladolid” were: Lee Kang In (Valencia, South Korea), Samuel Chukwuezi (Villarreal, Nigeria), Moise Kean (Everton, Italy), Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund, England), Joao Feliz (club atlético de Madrid, Portugal), Mateus de Licht (Ajax/Juventus, the Netherlands), Vinicius Junior (real Madrid, Brazil), Kai Havers (Bayer, Germany) and Matteo Guendouzi (Arsenal, France).
Last year the prize was awarded world champion in the national team of France Kilian Mbappe.
The goalkeeper of the national team of Ukraine Andrey Lunin
Women’s “Gold ball”
Last year the French edition was first named the best player of the year: women’s “Gold ball”-2018 went to Hell in Norwegian Hegerberg from the French “Lyon”, which in Kiev won the Champions League.
This time on the prize claim: Samantha Kerr (“Chicago red Stars”, Australia), Ellen white (Manchester city, England), Neill Slate (the linköping, Sweden), Amandine Henry (Lyon, France), Lucy Bronze (Lyon, England), Alex Morgan (“Orlando pride”, USA), Vivianne Miedema (Arsenal, Netherlands), Jennifer Marozsan (Lyon, Germany), Pernilla harden (Wolfsburg, Germany), Sarah Bouhaddi (Lyon, France), Megan Rapino (USA), Lika Martens (Barcelona, Netherlands), Sari van Veenendaal (club atlético de Madrid, Netherlands), Wendy Renard (Lyon, France), rose Lavelle (“Washington Spirit”, USA), Martha (“Orlando pride”, Brazil), Ada Hegerberg (Lyon, France), the Kosovar Asllani (“Takon”, Sweden), Sofia Jakobsson (“Takon”, Sweden), Tobin Heath (“Portland Thorns”, USA).
Last year’s winner — the Norwegian Ada Hegerberg
The story of the “Golden ball”
The honorable award was established at the initiative of the chief editor of the magazine France Football Gabriel ANO, who asked his colleagues to vote for the best player of the year in Europe in 1956. The first prize was Englishman Stanley Matthews.
Originally journalists could only vote for European players playing for European clubs, so such megastars as Diego Maradona or Pele could not win this award. In 1995 the rules changed: now, the award could win players of any nationality if they played for a European club. The first player not from Europe, received the “Golden ball”, was the current President of Liberia, and at that time the football player of “Milan” George Weah.
In 2007 the rules changed again: now the owner of “Golden ball” could become a player of any nationality who plays for any club in the world. In this regard, has increased the number of journalists that determine the winner: with 52 media representatives from Europe to the 96 masters of the pen and the microphone from all over the world, which determine the five best players of the year.
In 2010 the award “Golden ball” and “player of the year FIFA” was merged into “Golden ball FIFA”. The first winner of this prize was Lionel Messi. In September 2016 the international football Federation terminated the partnership with the France Football “Golden ball”. Since then, the award again is called “the Gold ball” handed over by magazine France Football.
Five times honorary prize produced Cristiano Ronaldo and Argentine Lionel Messi, three — the Dutch Johan Cruijff and Marco van Basten and Frenchman Michel Platini.
The famous Dutchman Johan Cruyff three in possession of an honorary award
The Ukrainian trace
Recall that in 63 years of existence of the “Golden ball” three times the prestigious award was given to the Ukrainian footballers in 1975 — Oleg Blokhin, in 1986 — Igor Belanov in 2004 Andriy Shevchenko.
The owners of the “Golden ball” Andriy Shevchenko, Oleg Blokhin and Igor Belanov
Note that the live ceremony “Golden ball” will show the channel “a Match!”
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