THERE will likely be a Ballon d’Or for Underneath-21s beginning THIS yr… with Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi appearing as judges.
For the primary time ever, there may also be a Ballon d’Or for the ladies’s recreation as France Soccer announce the launch of two new awards.
The extra gongs will likely be handed out for the primary time on December three this yr together with the unique “greatest participant” award.
The “Kopa Trophy” given to the perfect Underneath-21 star will likely be voted by a panel of footballing legends.
In addition to Messi and Ronaldo, the likes of Denis Regulation, Michel Platini, Zinedine Zidane and Marco van Basten may also have their say.
In the meantime, the Girls’s Ballon d’Or will likely be voted by a jury of journalists specialising in girls’s soccer.
There may be little time to invest as to who will likely be successful this yr’s awards, both.
The total checklist of nominees for the three awards will likely be introduced in two weeks – on October eight.
Whereas Kylian Mbappe is more likely to be within the operating for the Ballon d’Or itself after a scintillating yr, he is arguably the perfect Underneath-21s star on the planet proper now.
For the Girls’s Ballon d’Or, Ada Hederberg is more likely to be the front-runner, together with England’s personal Lucy Bronze and Brazil’s Marta.