CR7 & Messi team up for new Ballon d'Or award


The Ballon d'Or dominance held by the iconic duo looks set to come to an end this year, with Real Madrid midfield Luka Modric in pole position to become the first player since Kaka in 2007 them to the award.

Held by France Football, the Ballon d'Or is recognised as one of the most sought-after individual titles within European football and the legendary pair are now being roped in for a new segment handed to players under the age of 21.

The Portugal and Argentina captains will double up as judges along with numerous other former Ballon d'Or winners for the new Kopa Award.

Named after the very first Ballon d'Or winner from 1958, Raymond Kopa, France forward Kylian Mbappe is the overwhelming favourite to win the inaugural honour.

The teenager helped PSG to win Ligue 1 and also helped France to win the 2018 FIFA World Cup - scoring a goal in the final against Croatia and becoming the first teenager to do so since Pele.

As well as the Kopa Award there will also be the brand new Ballon d'Or Feminin - which will determine the best female player in the world.

The awards ceremony looks set to take place in December this year.