What is Ballon d’Or

Ballon d'Or is an award given by France Football, a weekly football magazine. It is being distributed since 1956 to this date.

Ballon d’Or is an award given by France Football, a weekly football magazine. It is being distributed since 1956 to this date.

In the year 2010, Ballon d’Or was merged with FIFA player of the year and they combined and called as FIFA Ballon d’Or. Agreement between both parties ended in 2016 and FIFA began to give different award known as The Best FIFA football awards. Ballon d’Or is considered to be one of the best Football awards in the world.

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History of Ballon d’Or

Ballon d’Or awards were started in 1956 only to honor European players. In 1995, It was expanded and includes all the players from the world who played in European clubs. However, in 2007, the award was extended and now includes all the players irrespective to any league.

Facts about Ballon d’Or

Stanley Matthews was the first player to win the award. Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are the only players in the history to won Ballon d’Or award five times each. George Weah was the only African player to win the award. Kaka was the last player to win this award before the era of Messi and Ronaldo begin.

Winners of Ballon d’Or

Below is the list of all the players who won this award.

Year

Player

Nationality

Club

2018 Luka Modric Croatia

Real Madrid

2017

Cristiano Ronaldo

Portugal

Real Madrid

2016

Cristiano Ronaldo

Portugal

Real Madrid

2015

Lionel Messi

Argentina

Barcelona

2014

Cristiano Ronaldo

Portugal

Real Madrid

2013

Cristiano Ronaldo

Portugal

Real Madrid

2012

Lionel Messi

Argentina

Barcelona

2011

Lionel Messi

Argentina

Barcelona

2010

Lionel Messi

Argentina

Barcelona

2009

Lionel Messi

Argentina

Barcelona

2008

Cristiano Ronaldo

Portugal

Manchester United

2007

Kaká

Brazil

Milan

2006

Fabio Cannavaro

Italy

Real Madrid

2005

Ronaldinho

Brazil

Barcelona

2004

Andriy Shevchenko

Ukraine

Milan

2003

Pavel Nedvěd

Czech Republic

Juventus

2002

Ronaldo

Brazil

Real Madrid

2001

Michael Owen

England

Liverpool

2000

Luís Figo

Portugal

Real Madrid

1999

Rivaldo

Brazil

Barcelona

1998

Zinedine Zidane

France

Juventus

1997

Ronaldo

Brazil

Internazionale

1996

Matthias Sammer

Germany

Borussia Dortmund

1995

George Weah

Liberia

Milan

1994

Hristo Stoichkov

Bulgaria

Barcelona

1993

Roberto Baggio

Italy

Juventus

1992

Marco van Basten

Netherlands

Milan

1991

Jean-Pierre Papin

France

Marseille

1990

Lothar Matthäus

Germany

Internazionale

1989

Marco van Basten

Netherlands

Milan

1988

Marco van Basten

Netherlands

Milan

1987

Ruud Gullit

Netherlands

Milan

1986

Igor Belanov

Soviet Union

Dynamo Kyiv

1985

Michel Platini

France

Juventus

1984

Michel Platini

France

Juventus

1983

Michel Platini

France

Juventus

1982

Paolo Rossi

Italy

Juventus

1981

Karl-Heinz Rummenigge

West Germany

Bayern Munich

1980

Karl-Heinz Rummenigge

West Germany

Bayern Munich

1979

Kevin Keegan

England

Hamburg

1978

Kevin Keegan

England

Hamburg

1977

Allan Simonsen

Denmark

Borussia M”nchengladbach

1976

Franz Beckenbauer

West Germany

Bayern Munich

1975

Oleg Blokhin

Soviet Union

Dynamo Kyiv

1974

Johan Cruyff

Netherlands

Barcelona

1973

Johan Cruyff

Netherlands

Barcelona

1972

Franz Beckenbauer

West Germany

Bayern Munich

1971

Johan Cruyff

Netherlands

Ajax

1970

Gerd Müller

West Germany

Bayern Munich

1969

Gianni Rivera

Italy

Milan

1968

George Best

Northern Ireland

Manchester United

1967

Flórián Albert

Hungary

Ferencvarosi TC

1966

Bobby Charlton

England

Manchester United

1965

Eusébio

Portugal

Benfica

1964

Denis Law

Scotland

Manchester United

1963

Lev Yashin

Soviet Union

Dynamo Moscow

1962

Josef Masopust

Czechoslovakia

Dukla Prague

1961

Omar Sívori

Italy

Juventus

1960

Luis Suárez

Spain

Barcelona

1959

Alfredo Di Stéfano

Spain

Real Madrid

1958

Raymond Kopa

France

Real Madrid

1957

Alfredo Di Stéfano

Spain

Real Madrid

1956

Stanley Matthews

England

Blackpool

 

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