It is that time of year again. FIFA, together with France Football magazine, has published the shortlist of players nominated for the 2015 FIFA Ballon d’Or award. The calendar year has showcased the talents of a host of players across the world, but the question on people’s lips now is: after all the goals, tricks and trophies, just who is the best player on Planet Football?
It is a question that will keep writers, fans and indeed fellow players busy right up until 11 January 2016, when the winner is revealed at the annual Ballon d'Or Gala at the Zurich Kongresshaus. There is more to look forward to than just the men’s award, however. The battle to be the FIFA Women's World Player of the Year will also be a keenly contested affair, as will the prize for the FIFA Coach of the Year in both the men's and women's game.
Before the list of names in each category is whittled down to three, a total of 23 men and ten women, as well as ten men's football and ten women's football coaches, may dream of being crowned the world’s best and the successors to Cristiano Ronaldo, Nadine Kessler, Joachim Low and Ralf Kellerman. While Ronaldo is among the leading contenders to defend his 2014 title and claim what would be a fourth success, a new winner is sure to be chosen as the Women’s World Player, as well as in both coaching categories.
Upon the list’s publication, the nominees understandably began looking ahead in anticipation of the big day, and many of the players, their clubs and affiliated associations shared that excitement on Twitter. Accordingly, FIFA.comhas put together a list of the best tweets on all things related to this year’s #BallondOr.
Don’t forget to follow our Twitter accounts @FIFAcom, @FIFAWorldCup and @FIFAWWC to stay up to date on all the developments concerning this year’s awards, or to check out our official FIFA Ballon d’Or Facebook page to have your say with millions of fans across the globe.
Bayern Munich celebrate having six names from their men's team on the shortlists
French star Amandine Henry was clearly pleased to see her name on the list of the best players in the women's game
Bayern Munich's Behringer passes on her congratulations to coach Thomas Worle on his nomination.