5 stars banking on World Cup currency to win Ballon d'Or?
The World Cup arrives every four years. The best players want to shine on its stage. They desire nothing more than to hoist the trophy as champion. That is a team effort, however. Elite stars also want to put their personal stamp on the competition by winning the Golden Ball and/or Golden Boot.
Yet, the tournament also influences another award: FIFA’s Ballon d’Or. In World Cup years, a player’s performance in the World Cup can heavily influence the vote for the game’s most prestigious individual honour. Ask Fabio Cannavaro.
This year, several candidates will look to break Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi’s grip on the award by standing out in Russia. Here’s a look at a few candidates.