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  1. Why don't defenders win the Ballon d'Or?

    Michael Cox

    The second week of the calendar year is Ballon d'Or time, which means having some familiar arguments about the nature of the award and its recipients. Why are some players regularly nominated irrespective of actual performance over the year? Is t...

    Blog | January 14, 2014
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  3. Ignore critics, Cristiano Ronaldo firmly deserved Ballon d'Or

    Rob Train

    What makes a player the best in the world? It is a question that the people eligible to vote for the FIFA Ballon d'Or award -- journalists, national team captains and coaches -- have to ask themselves before they mark a cross in the box next to t...

    Blog | January 13, 2014
  4. Ronaldo's win, Atleti-Barca, Tiote's 'goal,' Allegri's exit and m...

    Gabriele Marcotti

    It wasn't hard to predict that Cristiano Ronaldo was likely to win the FIFA Ballon d'Or. Even if you did not think he was number one in terms of FIFA's criteria -- "on-field performance and behavior on and off the pitch" -- even marginal knowled...

    Blog | January 13, 2014
  5. Bringing balance to the Ballon d'Or

    Jon Molyneux-Carter

    For the previous three years, the FIFA Ballon d'Or shortlist has, one way or another, been composed of the same four players: Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Xavi and Andres Iniesta. Three of those play for Barcelona. All are based in Spain, and the...

    Blog | January 13, 2014
  6. FIFA could have handled Ballon d'Or better

    Gabriele Marcotti

    There's nothing quite like FIFA changing the rules and procedures midstream to fuel the conspiracy theories. This time, the powers-that-be have extended the deadline to vote for the FIFA Ballon d'Or by another two weeks. The vote had closed Nov. ...

    Blog | November 20, 2013
  7. What Zlatan Ibrahimovic needs to do to win the FIFA Ballon d'Or

    Jonathan Johnson

    "The victories of my team are my Ballon d'Or," said Zlatan Ibrahimovic after Paris Saint-Germain's 2-2 come-from-behind draw with St-Etienne. "It's not my dream to win that trophy. My dream is to win trophies with my club. Individual honours are simp...

    Blog | October 28, 2013
  8. Lionel Messi wins FIFA Ballon d'Or for fourth straight year

    ESPN.com news services

    Lionel Messi has won the FIFA Ballon d'Or award for his astonishing 91-goal year for Barcelona and Argentina in 2012.

    Story | Conversation | January 07, 2013
  9. Making cases for the 2012 Ballon d'Or

    John Carr & Paul Carr, ESPN Stats & Information

    The FIFA Ballon d'Or and FIFA Women's Player of the Year awards will be handed out in Zurich on Monday, as three men and three women vie for soccer's most prestigious individual prizes. Here is a statistical case for each of the six finalists ... ...

    Blog | January 06, 2013
  10. Making cases for the 2012 Ballon d'Or

    John Carr $amp; Paul Carr, ESPN Stats $amp; Information

    The FIFA Ballon d'Or and FIFA Women's Player of the Year awards will be handed out in Zurich on Monday, as three men and three women vie for soccer's most prestigious individual prizes. Here is a statistical case for each of the six finalists ... An...

    Blog | January 06, 2013
  11. How the Yanks voted in FIFA's award(s)

    Scott French

    FIFA's annual Ballon d'Or honors are voted upon by national team coaches, captains and select media. Here are how the votes for the men's World Player award, which went for the third straight year to the Argentine Barcelona star Lionel Messi, fell...

    Blog | January 09, 2012
  12. No awards for Wambach, Sundhage

    Scott French

    U.S. women's national team star Abby Wambach and head coach Pia Sundhage will have to be content with being finalists for FIFA's major women's honors. Japan, as expected, swept the women's awards at FIFA's Ballon d'Or gala Monday night in Zurich, wi...

    Blog | January 09, 2012
  13. Lionel Messi of Barcelona wins FIFA player of year award

    Lionel Messi has become the first person to win FIFA men's player of the year three years in a row.

    Story | Conversation | January 09, 2012
  14. Notes on Messi's historic Ballon d'Or win -- Five Aside Blog

    Paul Carr, ESPN Stats & Information

    The mercurial Barcelona forward is crowned as the best player in the world for a third straight year.

    Blog | Conversation | January 09, 2012
  15. Wambach is a FIFA finalist

    Scott French

    Hermosa Beach's Abby Wambach is a finalist for FIFA's Ballon d'Or women's player-of-the-year honor, joining former L.A. Sol forward Marta and Japan's Homare Sawa, who has starred in both U.S. pro league's, among the top three. Wambach, 31, was the...

    Blog | December 05, 2011
  16. FIFA shortlist includes Alex Morgan

    Scott French

    FIFA on Tuesday unveiled finalists for its women's Ballon d'Or award -- for global player of the year -- and it includes some of the usual suspects, five-time winner Marta and Japanese star Homare Sawa and star U.S. striker Abby Wambach. Plus Alex M...

    Blog | October 25, 2011
  17. Ballon d'Or balloting: The real blast

    Scott French

    What we learned from FIFA's Ballon d'Or festivities Monday night in Zurich: Mongolians love Abby Wambach. The Hermosa Beach-based striker picked up eight first-place votes in the Women's Player of the Year contest, and two came from Mongolian women'...

    Blog | January 10, 2011