A Ballon d’Or award for goalkeepers will be handed out for the first time this year, the organisers, France Football magazine, announced on Thursday.
The Yashin Trophy will be named after the Soviet international, Lev Yashin, the only goalkeeper to have won the Ballon d’Or itself.
The Ballon d’Or for best male player was first awarded in 1956, to Stanley Matthews. It is voted on by journalists. Last year, an award for best female player was added. It was won by Norway’s Ada Hegerberg.
A shortlist for the prizes in the three categories will be announced on October 21.
This year’s winners will be revealed in a ceremony on December 2.
Yashin, a Moscow native who played 21 seasons with local outfit Dynamo, won the Ballon d’Or in 1963 and was revered in his day as the world’s finest ‘keeper’.
He would also take part in four World Cups and later worked in various roles at Dynamo Moscow and for the Soviet sports ministry.
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