How much is the Ballon d’Or worth: price, weight, materials and prize money

France Football presents an annual award known as one of the most prestigious in football, Ballon d’Or. We tell you how much it costs and what it is made of

How much is the Ballon d’Or worth: price, weight, materials and prize money

The Ballon d'Or is one of the oldest and one of the most reputable awards a player can receive in the world of football. French news magazine ‘France Football’ chooses the best player of the calendar year based on voting by football journalists (coaches of national team captains were also allowed to vote after 2007) presenting an award of the highest prestige and aesthetics.

Messi, Lewandowski and Benzema were the top favorites to win this prestigious trophy, but Messi proceeded to the reign, winning his seventh Ballon d'Or on Monday, Nov. 29.

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The award was created in 1956 by the French magazine (Stanley Matthews was its first winner) and merged in 2010 with the FIFA World Player of the Year, founded in 1991. However, the agreement came to an end in 2016 and the award changed back to Ballon d’Or. Since then, it has been changing its rules over the years to be more inclusive to players worldwide; in 1995 the award was only accessible to players from Europe before expanding to include any players active in a European country. In 2007 however, the Ballon d’Or became a global prize for all professional footballers around the world.

Characteristics, price and weight of the Ballon d'Or

The current Ballon d'Or has very precise characteristics making it attractive to the players; it has a height of 28 cm, a diameter of 22 cm, and weighs around 12 kg, with two brass plates embossed to give them the shape of a ball.

The award valued at slightly higher than 3,000 euros has a sphere filled with a wax-like material that is chiseled to give the shape and seam of the spherical representation. It is then bathed in fine gold with the France Football logo and the name of the winner engraved.

As per FIFA, the winner of the award receives USD 20,000 in prize money.