Home » Sport » Two Croats in Running for FIFA’s ‘Ballon d’Or’ Award

Two Croats in Running for FIFA’s ‘Ballon d’Or’ Award

(photo credit/ FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)

(photo credit/ FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)


Two Croats are in the running for football’s premier award – the Ballon d’Or…

Barcelona’s Ivan Rakitić and Real Madrid’s Luka Modrić have made the list of 59 candidates for this year’s ‘Golden Ball’, writes Italy’s Gazzetta dello Sport.

Ivan Rakitić and Luka Modrić

Luka Modrić and Ivan Rakitić

The award started in 2010 after France Football’s Ballon d’Or and the men’s FIFA World Player of the Year award were merged. The winner of the inaugural 2010 FIFA Ballon d’Or was Lionel Messi who then went on to reclaim the title the following two years.

The award has been dominated by Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo as part of their ongoing rivalry. As of 2014, Ronaldo is the most recent recipient of the FIFA Ballon d’Or, after beating Messi and Manuel Neuer to the award.

Golden Ball 2015 candidates:
Aguero (M. City)
Mascherano (Barcelona)
Messi (Barcelona)
Otamendi (Valencia – M. City)
Pastore (PSG)
Tevez (Juventus – Boca)
Luongo (QPR)
Alaba (Bayern)
Courtois (Chelsea)
De Bruyne (Wolfsburg – M. City)
Hazard (Chelsea)
Coutinho (Liverpool)
Neymar (Barcelona)
Willian (Chelsea)
Bravo (Barcelona)
Medel (Inter)
Sanchez (Arsenal)
Vargas (QPR – Hoffenheim)
Vidal (Juventus – Bayern)
Kane (Tottenham)
Rooney (M. United)
Benzema (Real M.)
Griezmann (Atletico M.)
Lacazette (Lyon), Pogba (Juventus)
Atsu (Everton – Bournemouth)
Ayew (Marseille – Swansea)
Modrić (Real M.)
Rakitić (Barcelona)
Chiellini (Juventus)
Pirlo (Juventus – New York)
Okazaki (Leicester)
Son (Bayer Leverkusen – Tottenham)
Bacca (Sevilla – Milan)
Martinez (Porto – Atletico M.)
Ospina (Arsenal)
Rodriguez (Real M.)
Dos Santos (Villarreal – L.A. Galaxy)
Guardado (PSV)
Depay (PSV – M. United)
Robben (Bayern)
Kroos (Bayern)
Muller (Bayern)
Neuer (Bayern)
Obala Bjelokosti
Bony (Swansea – M. City)
Touré (M. City)
Guerrero (Corinthians – Flamengo)
Lewandowski (Bayern)
Ronaldo (Real M.)
Costa (Chelsea)
De Gea (M. United)
Iniesta (Barcelona)
Morata (Juventus)
Ramos (Real M.)
Ibrahimović (PSG)
Cavani (PSG)
Sanchez (River)
Suarez (Barcelona)
Bale (Real M.)

Share on:
0 / 5 (0 votes)

Sign up to receive the Croatia Week Newsletter

Related Posts

First Crowdfunded Holiday Home in Croatia Goes Live on Indiegogo

A unique project – the building of a luxury holiday home in the Mediterranean for everyone to enjoy – has gone live on crowdfunding platform Indiegogo. The Heart of Istria project is the first ever crowdfunded holiday home. Heart of Istria will look to raise $560,000 via crowdfunding to build a luxury holiday home in...

Rimac Factory Tours Becoming a Popular Tourist Attraction

One of the recent success stories to come out of Croatia has been the rise of entrepreneur Mate Rimac and his company Rimac Automobili. Rimac produces high-performance electric vehicles, including the Concept One, the world’s first electric super car, drivetrains and battery systems. Rimac Automobili factory is located on the outskirts of Zagreb in Sveta...

Marin Čilić & Ana Konjuh Storm into Last 16 at Wimbledon

Marin Čilić and Ana Konjuh will fly the Croatian flag in the second week of Wimbledon after they both stormed into the Round of 16 on Friday. Konjuh, who is the tournament’s 27th seed, caused a huge upset on Friday when she beat 8th seed and World No.9 Dominika Cibulkova in three sets 7-6, 3-6,...

New Futuristic Winery to Open in Istria

Work has started on a new hyper-modern winery in the Istrian hilltop town of Motovun. One of Croatia’s leading wine producers, Roxanich, are transforming their headquarters into a state-of-the-art winery, which will also feature a hotel, restaurant, multi-purpose hall, lounge bar, and nightclub. An interesting feature of the new winery complex, which is situated at...

[PHOTOS] Recipe: Ćevapi

  Ćevapčići, or Ćevapi, are definitely the most barbecued of all the meats in Croatia. Ćevapčići could almost be considered an adopted national dish. It is almost impossible to go to a BBQ in Croatia without ćevapčići being sizzled up. There are a number of different recipes and everyone has their own secrets.  Here is...