Ballon d’Or scoring format changed to one season

FRANCE Football as the organizer of the Ballon d’Or football award has changed the scoring format. For this year, awards are given based on player ratings for a full season of competition in the league.

“This is an opportunity to give a new impetus. Previously we judged on the basis of two and a half seasons. This will be clearer,” said France Football’s editor-in-chief, Pascal Ferre.

Previous Ballon d’Or ratings were based on a calendar year January-December. The grading base of the range has now been changed from August to July. The awarding for 2022 is scheduled for September or October.

The change was made in response to oblique comments that have occurred recently, especially when Lionel Messi won the 2021 Ballon d’Or following a move to French club PSG.

Many observers considered Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski more deserving of winning it. Lewandowski’s appearance throughout 2021 was considered more classy and he was also successfully awarded the best player award from FIFA.

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France Football will also clarify criteria based on individual performances that stand out over other factors such as trophies won.

“It’s about avoiding ambiguity in order to be clear and coherent. The Ballon d’Or is an individual award based on individual performances,” said Ferre.

France Football also stated that the World Cup in Qatar, which took place from November to December this year, was still under evaluation but for the 2023 awards. (AFP/OL-09)