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FM24 - Ballon d'Or REWORK

An update to how the Ballon d'Or works in game, including edited history.

By Updated on Dec 22, 2023   21625 views   18 comments
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FM 2024 Fantasy Scenarios - FM24 - Ballon d'Or REWORK
Honestly, I'm pretty tired of how the Ballon d'Or works. In my opinion, once you've won it, great, that's it. You completed football. You've proven yourself as the best player in the world, it's not like you can really achieve more. Plus, the Ballon d'Or in it's current form is not much more than a popularity contest, especially the last 15-ish years, with the Ronaldo/Messi duopoly. Because let's be real, Messi was NOT the best player in the world, in 2023. He simply won the World Cup, and Ronaldo has faded into obscurity in Saudi Arabia, so it was "easy" for the decision makers.

This file aims to fix that. Once you've won the Ballon d'Or, that's it. You won it, now you can't win it, or even be nominated again. To quote an old meme:

"Football? Completed it mate."

This change gives a wide spread of winners, and ensures that Haaland/Mbappé doesn't win it every year once Messi is gone. Combined with my "Fixed PA" to "PA Ranges" file, it will give you a huge variety of winners, from save file to save file.

I also edited the history of the Ballon d'Or to follow these same rules. Once a player has won it, he is removed from the running in following years. Now, usually, this doesn't really cause much fuss - Pretty much every winner, even with these rules, you could go "Yeah, that's fair, it was a tight race". However, it also results in winners like, well... This:

But frankly, that's the only result that made me do a double-take. The most "distant" winner is Radamel Falcao, who finished 5th in 2012, who won it instead (even Jorginho was 3rd IRL). And yes, that is also Messi's crazy-season - But he'd already won it 3 years prior. Pros and cons I guess. But overall, I prefer this system to the IRL one.

Included in this download is also a file that prevents repeat winners of the Kopa Trophy. This hasn't happened yet IRL, but it is possible. Now it's not.

Also, both these files are .fmf files. This means that they go into your "editor data" folder, which is usually located at "\Documents\Sports Interactive\Football Manager 2024\editor data", or where-ever you've chosen to place your user data. But if you've placed in at a non-default location, you probably don't need me to explain this to you.

You also must start a new game to select this file and use, it won't work on existing save-games.

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Downloads: 2099 / Size: 43.7 kB / Added: 2023-11-18
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Discussion: FM24 - Ballon d'Or REWORK

18 comments have been posted so far.

  • GfxJG's avatar
    @Peaknick - Because that's the order the Ballon d'Or finished in? I can't speak for why the vote ended that way, you'll have to ask France Football about that.
  • Peaknick's avatar
    Why did Jorginho get 2021 Ballon d'Or over Lewandowski?
  •'s avatar
    while you're at it, you should have given the 2019-20 season award to Lewandowski. he deserved it
  • Emrys's avatar
    Really like these kind of edits for FM, obviously in real life Messi deserved all 8 and more but more fun in FM seeing it be a different player every year, can get some interesting winners that way rather than only strikers
  • snowa00's avatar
    Love seeing options like this available, I like the idea and it does get abit boring when your team gets so good every single player up for the award is from your team and there's little variety left, so thank you! :)
  • ReekyDrop's avatar
    Excellent work mate - love all the Messi tears
  • GfxJG's avatar
    Updated to remove Messi's latest win that was added in a patch, Erling Haaland is now the winner in 2023 :-)
  • AmazinJ11's avatar
    how big major awards should be
  • GfxJG's avatar
    Then don't use it :-)
  • MZ17's avatar
    It must be horrible to live with so much resentment against Messi.
  • idontcare123's avatar
    pendu fans mad
  • cristobalite's avatar
    This is how it should be. One single winner and no more. How messi can win it for 8 times is a joke on football as a universal sport. I will be using this mate and good job.
  • GfxJG's avatar
    Love the comments <3

    I made this for myself, because I like it this way - I decided to to share it in case others do as well. Don't use it if you don't like it. No one is forcing you.
  • jura90's avatar
    If it was legit Messi would have like 3 Ballon d'ors, it was all rigged for him his entire career, the most protective player of all time.
  • idontcare123's avatar
    messi had one of the best G/A in the top 5 leagues the most MOTMs. Best player at the world cup plus silver boot while winning it but sure not deserved. if trophys didnt matter messi would have 11+ bdors
  • Mezzala27's avatar
    Like the idea, seems to be a Messi fan club award these days
  • oranje31green's avatar
  • maja.maju's avatar
    this is kinda dumb thing to create.. you should have create something more useful.. you probably messi hater
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