Every year, one player is chosen to rise above all others and is awarded the Ballon d’Or. For the past six years, FIFA and France Football joined their awards, FIFA World Player of the Year and the Ballon d’Or, respectively, to create the FIFA Ballon d’Or. This award was dominated by Messi, who won in the first three years in addition to last year, and Ronaldo, who won the two years in between.
Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal, left, and Lionel Messi of Argentina stand next to each other during their International Friendly soccer match at Old Trafford Stadium, Manchester, England, Tuesday Nov. 18, 2014. (AP)
My top five prediction
Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer reaches for the ball ahead of Slovakia's Michal Duris during the Euro 2016 round of 16 soccer match between Germany and Slovakia, at the Pierre Mauroy stadium in Villeneuve d'Ascq, near Lille, France, Sunday, June 26, 2016. (AP)
Barcelona's Luis Suarez fights for the ball during a Champions League, Group C soccer match between Barcelona and Manchester City, at Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016. (AP)
Other players who were close
FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi, from Argentina, holds up his Ballon d'Or (Golden Ball) award as European Footballer of the Year prior the Spanish La Liga soccer match between FC Barcelona and Athletic Bilbao at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016. (AP)