The FIFA Ballon d’Or is the most prestigious association football award presented to the best player of the year. The award is given FIFA to the male player considered to have performed the best in the previous calendar year. It is awarded based on the votes from national team coaches and captains, as well as journalists from around the world. The FIFA Ballon d’Or is started in 2010 after France Football‘s Ballon d’Or and the men’s FIFA World Player of the Year award were merged. The winner of the inaugural 2010 FIFA Ballon d’Or was Lionel Messi. Messi reclaimed the title the following two years. After the merger, the FIFA World Player of the Year award became a women-only award.
The FIFA Ballon d’Or is dominated by Leo Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. Since 2010, Leo Messi is shortlisted in all FIFA Ballon d’Or Final three. He was nominated for the FIFA Ballon d’Or Finalists record six times and he also won consecutive three FIFA Ballon d’Or awards. Similarly Real Madrid striker Cristiano Ronaldo also succeeded to make a place in the FIFA Ballon d’Or Finalists five times and won two of them.
The 2014 FIFA Ballon d’Or award is won by Ronaldo after beating Messi and Manuel Neuer. Messi and Ronaldo are once again the part of 2015 FIFA Ballon d’Or Final three. Here is the full list of the FIFA Ballon d’Or Finalists Since 2010.
The 2015 FIFA Ballon d’Or is won by Leo Messi, and this is his fifth Ballon d’Or title. Messi got 41.33% of the vote, with Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo (27.76%) second and Barca’s Neymar (7.86%) third.
The FIFA Ballon d’Or Finalists Since 2010
|2010||Lionel Messi , Andrés Iniesta, Xavi||Lionel Messi||Andrés Iniesta||Xavi|
|2011||Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Xavi||Lionel Messi||Cristiano Ronaldo||Xavi|
|2012||Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Andrés Iniesta||Lionel Messi||Cristiano Ronaldo||Andrés Iniesta|
|2013||Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Franck Ribéry||Cristiano Ronaldo||Lionel Messi||Franck Ribéry|
|2014||Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Manuel Neuer||Cristiano Ronaldo||Lionel Messi||Manuel Neuer|
|2015||Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar Jr.||Lionel Messi||Cristiano Ronaldo||Neymar Jr.|