The Ballon d' or is an annual football award presented by French News magazine , France Football.
It is one of the oldest and generally regarded as the most prestigious individual award for football players.
It has been awarded since 1956,although between 2010 and 2015 ,an agreement was made with FIFA ,and the award was temporarily merged with FIFA World player of the year and then known as the FIFA Ballon d' Or.
This particular award called the FIFA Ballon d' Or was first won by Argentina's Lionel Messi in the year , 2010 and last given to the same player in the year , 2015.
However ,the partnership ended in 2016 and the award reverted to the Ballon d' Or while FIFA also reverted to its own separate annual award ,The Best FIFA Men's Player .
Argentina's Lionel Messi had won the Ballon d' Or award,whether in its current format or its former FIFA merged format, a record six times while playing for Spanish club , Barcelona in the year 2009 , 2010 , 2011 ,2012,2015,2019.
Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo has won the award ,whether in its current format or its former FIFA merged format , five times (one when playing for English club , Manchester United and four with Spanish club , Real Madrid ) in the year 2008 , 2013 , 2014 , 2016 ,2017 .