Change of scenery for the 64th ceremony of the Ballon d’Or, which will take place in the evening of the Monday 2 December : the beautiful setting of the Théâtre du Châtelet. This temple of artistic excellence, recently renovated, will open for the first time to sporting excellence.
RUTH MACKENZIE, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR OF THE THÉÂTRE DU CHÂTELET :
“We are proud to welcome the Ballon d’Or for the very first time at the Théâtre du Châtelet. Sport and music have one thing in common, they inspire young people around the world by offering them an opportunity to succeed, no matter who they are and where they come from. We can work together hand in hand to enable young people to find their way in the world and give them an opportunity to express their talent.”
A prestigious career and international renown : the former Ivory Coast international for the OM and Chelsea perfectly embodies the values of the Ballon d’Or. He made a mark on the clubs where he played, achieving one of the best track records in global football, with 1 Ligue des Champions, 4 Premier Leagues and 2 titles of top scorer in the Premier League. Now he takes the role of an ambassador, who will be there at all the key moments of the 2019 edition, meeting the men and women nominees for the interviews that will be published in France Football and in L’Équipe newspaper, digital edition and television channel. Didier Drogba will also present the ceremony on 2 December, broadcast live on L’Équipe and in over 120 countries.
3 QUESTIONS TO DIDIER DROGBA _
What does the Ballon d’Or mean to you ?
To me, the Ballon d’Or is the highest recognition you can get as a player. It rewards individual performance over one year as well as over time, if you are awarded it several times.
How do you view this role of ambassador and presenter of the Ballon d’Or 2019 ?
It is an honour to present this prestigious trophy. As players, we all dream of it. I view it as a recognition of my career and its exemplary nature. Going to meet players will be fascinating, we have a lot to say to each other. The fact I get on well will facilitate contact.
You were nominated 8 times between 2004 and 2012, your best ranking was 4th in 2007. Any regrets ?
Perhaps, of my performance. I would have liked to do better, but this 4th place is a great reward ! It shows that on top of the team trophies, I managed to stand out from the crowd and make a difference, that is important.
The list of the nominees of the Ballon d’Or, Women’s Ballon d’Or, Kopa Trophy and Yachine Trophy will be revealed on Monday 21 October, simultaneously on all L’Équipe and France Football media and social media.
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