FIFA’s six-year run as cooperating partner of the Ballon d’Or Award is over, and France Football is changing some things in how they handle the honor of naming the world’s top footballer.
This year, there will only be a 30-man shortlist before the awards, no narrowing of the field to three.
In the past, the shortlist was 23 players, and a three-man list was presented before the ceremony.
For five of the six years, this list was Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, and another guy. Since 2007, either Ronaldo or Messi has been in the Top Three. Messi has five awards, Ronaldo three.
The time period used for voters is November 22, 2015 until November 20, 2016, and encapsulates the club season as well as EURO 2016, the Olympics, and Copa America Centenario.
Voting runs from late October through November 20, and Cristiano Ronaldo the winner will be given his award on January 9.
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