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CR7 & Messi To Join Forces As Judges For New Award

Superstars Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have each won five Ballons d'Or over the past decade, and they now will join forces in as judges for a new award that will be handed out by France Football.

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The former Real Madrid star and FC Barcelona man have dominated the Ballon d'Or prize in the past 10 years, winning five each since 2008.

The two stars will undoubtedly be challenging for the award once again this year, but will face some stiff competition from the likes of Luka Modric and Antoine Griezmann, among others.

Now, according to Give Me Sport, France Football have introduced a new accolade to the Ballon d'Or family, called the Kopa Trophy.

It has been claimed that Messi and Ronaldo will be the only two active footballers on a 33-man panel voting for the winner of the award, which will be given to a player under the age of 21.

Other high-profile names such as Michael Owen, Bobby Charlton and Kevin Keegan will also be on the panel, which will be made up of every surviving Ballon d'Or winner since the award's inception.

Paris Saint-Germain and France attacker Kylian Mbappe is, perhaps unsurprisingly, the favourite for the accolade, which will be presented on 3 December.

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The Ballon d'Or Feminin, an award for female footballers, is another individual accolade that has been introduced by France Football.

Who do you think should be given the Kopa Trophy this year? Let us know in the comments section below. 

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