Cristiano Ronald has received the Ballon d’Or. Did he deserve it? We wanted to explore who voted for who through graph visualization.
Like each year, FIFA awarded the Ballon d’Or to the best football player. For the third time, Cristiano Ronaldo received that prestigious prize.
National team captains, coaches and journalists select three players for the first, second and third places. The selected players are then ranked according to the votes they have received. The FIFA made the vote data available online. It can be downloaded thanks to the work of Krist Wongsuphasawat, a datavisualization expert and a football fan.
The Ballon d’Or voting data can be turned into a graph. This is helpful to visualize who voted for whom.
We have created a small script to import the Ballon d’Or data into a Neo4j graph.