Zurich - FIFA wants fans to vote in its rebranded "The
Best" world player award.
voting will now be a one-quarter share of polling for the annual men's and
women's player and coach awards, FIFA said on Monday.
voting participants ahead of the Jan. 9 ceremony already included national team
captains and coaches, plus media.
Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have dominated FIFA's annual award, formerly known
as the Ballon d'Or and World Player of the Year, since 2008. Messi has won five
times and Ronaldo three.
was seen as favourite under the old voting rules to win for 2016 because
Portugal won the European Championship and Real Madrid won the Champions
League. Messi and Argentina lost to Chile in the Copa America final.
popular vote will also decide who wins a new "Fan Award" celebrating
what FIFA described as "remarkable moments throughout the year involving
exemplary and passionate football supporters."
awards will be announced at the ceremony in Zurich, though not the presidential
award created by Sepp Blatter which FIFA suspended in January and has now scrapped.
called its annual awards "The Best" when the Ballon d'Or name
reverted back to its partner of six years, France Football magazine.
Football created the longest established individual honour in 1956 as a vote of
journalists only and will award it again in December.
said it will announce candidate lists for the player and coach awards this
week, and announce three-member short lists on December 2.