Despite the growing popularity and importance, Ballon d'Or has its share of opposition. According to the Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, this yearly award for the world's best player undermines the spirit of a team sports like football.
Germans, who had hoped for a clean sweep at the FIFA Ballon d`Or, expressed disappointment on Tuesday after their World Cup-winning goalkeeper Manuel Neuer came third in the vote for the 2014 world player of the year.
Goalkeepers have it tough when it comes to the world's most important honour for individuals in football. They can only expect to be outsiders in the race for the "FIFA Ballon d'Or", which was known as the World Player of the Year until 2010.
Inter Milan forward Lukas Podolski stated on Friday that he supports Bayern Munich and fellow Germany national teammate Manuel Neuer for the Ballon d'Or award. The award ceremony will take place on 12th January 2015.
Once again, it's that time of year when football fans argue who deserves to win the prestigious Ballon d'Or award – the greatest award an individual player can win in the sport. Like in the recent past, both Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have already started as the favourites to win the award. But their duopoly could see an abrupt ending this January, as the Germany's World Cup winning goalkeeper Manuel Neuer has found himself as one of the three finalists.