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The Ballon d’Or Ceremony adds the Socrates Award for social and charitable projects

The Ballon d’Or Ceremony adds the Socrates Award for social and charitable projects

The Ballon d’Or 2022 ceremony, scheduled for October 17, will present a new prize to soccer players, male or female, who are committed to social and charitable projects, in an award christened the ‘Socrate Award’, in honor of the soccer player famous brazilian. who died in 2011 The organization announced last Wednesday.

“The Socrates Prize will allow to identify the best acts of solidarity carried out by committed champions”, can be read in a statement from the magazine France Football, which awards the Ballon d’Or

In this way, initiatives in favor of social cohesion, environmental development or assistance to populations at great risk or to victims of conflicts will be rewarded, in the image, for example, of the mobilization of the English attacker Marcus Rashford in 2020 in favor of the disadvantaged. Free British families. .

French Football chose the name Socrates because of the Brazilian international midfielder’s commitment to the famous and romantic “Corinthian Democracy”: in the middle of the Brazilian military dictatorship, in the 1980s, Corinthians decided to vote all the club’s decisions. .

This new award will be presented by a jury that includes Rai, a former Brazilian and Parisian SG figure, as well as the younger brother of Socrates, and the leaders of the Peace and Sport organization based in Monaco, which brings together development and peace projects. through sport.

“Socrates always believed in the power of mobilization and transformation through sport, to achieve a more equal society. He showed it as a player through his fight for the re-democracy of Brazil during the revolutionary experience of Corinthian democracy”, Raí recalled, quoted in the statement.

“Eleven years after he disappeared, he is still a symbol, a hero committed to a fairer world,” he said.

This accompanying trophy completes the winners of the Ballon d’Or gala, scheduled for October 17 at the Chatelet Theater in Paris, which will deliver seven awards accordingly.

In addition to the Kopa Trophy for the best young player, the Yashin Cup for the best goalkeeper and the Gerd Müller Trophy for the top scorer, the prize for the best team of the year, the Socrates Award and, above all, the Ballon d’Or for the player best and for the best player of the 2021-2022 season.

In 2021, Spain’s Alexia Putellas and Argentina’s Lionel Messi were the winners in the top two categories.

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