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France Football announces creation of awards for best player and best under-21 | international football

The magazine “France Football”, organizer of the Ballon d’Or, announced this Monday the creation of two awards: the best player and the best under-21 player.

The women’s Ballon d’Or will initially have a list of 15 nominees that will be released next month along with the names of the 30 players who will compete for the global football award.

The annual awards show, which will take place on December 3 in Paris, has been a regular feature for men since 1956, with English player Stanley Matthews winning the first trophy.

– I always wanted to see a woman winning this prestigious award – said the Brazilian Marta to the magazine.

“It’s a step forward, women’s football is evolving and inequality is decreasing, although there is still room for improvement,” said Wendie Renard, defender for France and Lyon.

Marta kisses the Copa América Feminina cup: the Brazilian will have the chance to take home a Ballon d’Or — Photo: Lucas Figueiredo/CBF

Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo will vote for under-21s

The two biggest stars of current football will be judges in the election of the best under-21, in an award named after Raymond Kopa, in honor of the former French player who died last year. Mbappé, world champion with France, emerges as the big favourite.

The jury will be made up of all the Ballon d’Or winners, including Brazilians Ronaldo, Rivaldo, Ronaldinho and Kaká. Are they:

  • Luis Suarez (1960 France Football Ballon d’Or winner)
  • Dennis Law (1964)
  • Bobby Charlton (1966)
  • Gianni Rivera (1969)
  • Gerd Muller (1970)
  • Franz Beckenbauer (1972, 1976)
  • Oleg Blokhin (1975)
  • Allan Simonsen (1977)
  • Kevin Keegan (1978, 1979)
  • Karl Heinz Rummenigge (1980, 1981)
  • Paolo Rossi (1982)
  • Michel Platini (1983, 1984, 1985)
  • Igor Belanov (1986)
  • Ruud Gullit (1987)
  • Marco van Basten (1988, 1989, 1992)
  • Lothar Matthäus (1990)
  • Jean-Pierre Papin (1991)
  • Roberto Baggio (1993)
  • Hristo Stoitchkov (1994)
  • George Weah (1995)
  • Matthew Sammer (1996)
  • Ronaldo (1997, 2002)
  • Zinedine Zidane (1998)
  • Rivaldo (1999)
  • Louis Figo (2000)
  • Michael Owen (2001)
  • Pavel Nedved (2003)
  • Andrei Shevchenko (2004)
  • Ronaldinho (2005)
  • Fabio Cannavaro (2006)
  • Kaka (2007)
  • Cristiano Ronaldo (2008, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017)
  • Lionel Messi (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015)

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