But since 1956, the biggest individual prize has always been the Ballon d'Or.
Dominated in the last decade by Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo - the duo winning all 10 of the last awards - the Golden Ball is once more on offer in Paris on December 3.
The 30-man shortlist for the prize is announced throughout the day on Monday.
First won by Sir Stanley Matthews, the list is compiled by the editorial staff of the French publication France Football, with the winner voted for by journalists from around the world, with one representative per nation.
Here's the full list of nominees...
Full 30-man shortlist
GARETH BALE (Real Madrid)
The Wales international scored a stunning double in the Champions League final as Real Madrid made it three successive European Cup victories.
SERGIO AGUERO (Manchester City)
Argentine striker Aguero top scored for Pep Guardiola's side as they claimed the Premier League and League Cup last term, bagging 30 goals in 39 games. Has added eight in 11 so far this season.
ALISSON BECKER (Liverpool)
The Brazil No.1 reached the quarter-finals of the World Cup and the semi-finals of the Champions League with Roma, before completing a £67million transfer to Liverpool in the summer.
KARIM BENZEMA (Real Madrid)
The 30-year-old forward was again a key man in Real Madrid's success last term, scoring 12 and assisting 11 in his 47 games.
EDINSON CAVANI (Paris Saint-Germain)
The Uruguayan scored 40 times in 48 games for the French champions on their way to domestic dominance, while he also impressed at the World Cup as La Celeste reached the last eight. Another six goals in eight games for PSG so far this term.
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