Football fans in every corner of the globe are currently engaged in heated debates about who will climb the stage to collect the awards at the eagerly awaited FIFA Ballon d’Or Gala in Zurich’s glittering Kongresshaus on 11 January 2016.
Who will be named the best players of the year: Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi or Neymar? Carli Lloyd, Aya Miyama or Celia Sasic? FIFA.com has gathered quotes from sporting stars both inside and outside the footballing world.
“It’s impossible to pick the best from three top players like Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar. Ronaldo has been in remarkable form for Real for years, always scoring goals, never injured. Messi’s in a similar position, even though he recently had his first extended spell on the sidelines through injury. Neymar has got even better and now seems almost unstoppable. They’re simply playing on another level altogether. The best way to decide the winner of the Ballon d’Or would be to draw one name out of a hat – all three are exceptional.”
Belgium coach Marc Wilmots, whose team will end 2015 at the summit of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking, in an interview with FIFA.com
“I think the USA’s Carli Lloyd will win this year as she managed to score a hat-trick in the Women’s World Cup Final – at such a high level. She has to be rewarded for that performance.”