The FIFA Ballon d'Or (French pronunciation: [balɔ̃ dɔʁ], "Gowden Baw") is an association fitbaa awaird gien annually tae the player who is considered tae hae performed the best in the previous year. It is awairdit based on votes bi coaches an captains o internaitional teams, as well as journalists frae aroond the warld.
The awaird stairtit in 2010 efter France Football's Ballon d'Or an the men's FIFA Warld Player o the Year awaird wur merged. The winner o the inaugural 2010 FIFA Ballon d'Or wis Lionel Messi who then went on tae reclaim the title the follaeing twa year. Efter the merger, the FIFA Warld Player o the Year awaird acame a weemen-anly awaird.