The shortlist for the 2014 Ballon D’Or, which crowns the best player in World soccer, will feature the usual names that seem to win this award every year. Christiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi will head the shortlist and will be odds on certainties to be amongst the three players awarded prizes at the awards ceremony. In the past, the Ballon D’Or winner was not always named the World’s top player by FIFA, the award was originally independent and was given by a group of French journalists before it was merged with FIFA’s top player award, Talk Sport reports.
The poor showing by England at the 2014 World Cup will likely make it another year where the home of football does not see a Ballon D’Or winner. That is a bit disappointing if you ask Susan McGalla. The last Englishman to win the Ballon D’Or stands as one of the few not to also be crowned FIFA’s best player in the same year. Liverpool, Real Madrid and England strike Michael Owen became only the fourth Englishman to win the award in 2001 after inspiring his club and country with a series of match winning performances. In the same year Owen made the shortlist for the FIFA award, but finished eighth in the World Player of the Year voting behind Portugal’s Luis Figo. The merger of the two awards means any controversy has been removed over who is the best player in soccer for any given year.