The Italian magazine of Guerin Sportivo has been around since 1912, located in Turin, and they started to have their own kind of Ballon d'Or or World Player of the Year awards starting from 1979. This award apparently concluded in 1986. What makes this particularly intriguing is that these awards were eligible for any player around the world. But it was not like World Soccer (British magazine) or Onze d'Or (French magazine), publications that allowed their readers (mostly local people) to choose the best players, in this sense it was different, perhaps unique, for example, that in 1986 it utilized votes from correspondents from not only Europe, but from South America, Central/North America and Asia. In that particular year it had 96 reporters involved, albiet over 30 coming from Italian publications - which is understandable - but it was the closest thing to reaching a real global award. The main difference with Guerin Sportivo from an award like France Football or El Grafico, was that from 1983 to 1986 reporters only handed their votes for the top player, never ranking who was the second, third, 4th or 5th best player in points in order to reach a conclusive point total for the winner. Another thing that must be clarified is how their method of reaching a winner was concluded from year to year. In 1979 they only picked the winner but did not conduct a poll or ranking. From 1980 to 1982 correspondents were asked to pick the best XI of the year and the winner would be decided on how many times he was included in that all-star team. From 1983 to 1986 this changed and journalists/coaches were just asked to pick the best player. So hypothetical conclusions may arise, like, would Platini have won 3 consecutive Ballon d'Ors with a Falcao, Zico or Maradona being eligible? Would Rummenigge have won in 1980 or 1981 with Maradona or Zico in contention? The same applies for Kevin Keegan in 1979. Or did Belanov (winner of France Football's Ballon d'Or in '86) ever stand any chance against Maradona in 1986? Bear in mind, most of this is not concrete proof and it's debatable of course, but for the aficionados that like to compile World Player of the Year awards, this might give them a better idea/hint on whom may have won or whom were the top nominees for each year from 1979 to 1986. I'll soon get into the details of the years one at a time.