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Goal.com invites the readers to select their favoured award: the Ballon d'Or or the FIFA World Player of the Year prize...

Awards season is well and truly underway, with the FIFPro Player of the Year having already been announced. That was Cristiano Ronaldo, who is possibly on course for the next two big prizes.

These two are the FIFA World Player of the Year awards and the Ballon d'Or, formerly known as European Footballer of the Year.

All professionals dream one day of hoisting these trophies aloft, but if push comes to shove, which would they rather have? Let's look at the facts surrounding the two:

The Ballon d'Or has been awarded by France Football magazine since the 1950s, and until relatively recently was given just to European players, and then those playing on the Old Continent. Now it is open to all, though, and is voted for by a panel of journalists. Until 2007 these selectors were again Euro-centric; now they represent the global media.

The FIFA World Player of the Year award is an upstart by comparison, having been doled out only since 1991. While this prize has always been global, again it is dominated by European winners. FIFA's shortlist selection criteria has come in for criticism, but the voting system - based on international coaches and prominent team captains - is an interesting one.

Which do you think is better, and why? Click here to vote and we'll look at the results on Friday!

--Goal.com team

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