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Ballon d'Or: 3 reasons why it is time to revisit the criteria on how the winner should be decided

Modified 20 Dec 2019, 20:11 IST

#2. Performances should be quantified for each position

Andres Iniesta - Currently plying his trade in J-League, Japan
Andres Iniesta - Currently plying his trade in J-League, Japan

Until now, wins and goals have been quantified and that sets the mindset of the jury while deciding the potential Ballon d'Or winner. With advancing technology, it's time now to quantify each move and key event in a match like assists, crosses, fouls, tackles, saves, free-kicks and clearances to name a few.

After quantifying, each player could be assigned points after every match. Then, a jury could be set for each league. The jury must be allowed to assign Ballon d'Or coins to the top 100 players on a monthly basis which are to be kept in a ballot box. The points awarded by the jury should not be disclosed before the calendar year ends.

This apart, separate points should be assigned for all the players of the winning and runner-up teams of the respective leagues and cups. After the final month of the calendar year, all the points accumulated by the players should be counted in order to arrive at the potential winner.

Though this seems difficult, it is not impossible to implement. Had such a criterion been in place, who knows, Wesley Sneijder or Andres Iniesta might have won it in 2010.

It is the need of the hour to implement this kind of a selection procedure.

Published 04 Dec 2018, 02:54 IST
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