Here’s the full List of Ballon d or Winners since it all started.
In the history of football, Ballon d’or and the FIFA World Player of the Year award, were the only leading individual awards.
Since 1956, French publication France Football has been the body awarding individual players the Ballon d’or, which is also known as the European Football of the Year award.
Up until 1995, the list of ballon d or winners has only European footballers in it. This means the award was often referred to as the European Footballer of the Year award as it was only open to European players at European clubs.
The eligibility rules were changed in 1995 to allow non-European players to be eligible for the award if they played for a European club. Then in 2007, any player in the world became eligible.
After the global Ballon d’Or arrangement was brought in, in 2007; FIFA and France Football decided to fuse the Ballon d’Or and FIFA World Player of the Year award together.
Now, the list of ballon d or winners is open to any player of any nation and tribe to apsire to be on.
During the FIFA World Cup held in South Africa in 2010, the FIFA Ballon d’Or was introduced and Lionel Messi of Barcelona received the inaugural award.
In 2016, the merging came to an end. It was at this point that FIFA and Ballon d’Or returned to their respective awards.
For the records, Lionel Messi who is one of the top 20 richest footballers in the world, was the last recipient of the final FIFA Ballon d’Or.
Worthy of note is the fact that Liga of Spain has produced the most winners of the Ballon d’Or, though Ballon d’Or has highly favored attackers.
Hence, Christiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have been the players with the highest wins, with the latter winning six times while the former has won it five times.
This article presents the list of Ballon d’or winners beginning from its creation.
List of Ballon d or Winners (Men Award Winners)
|2018||Luka Modric||Croatia||Real Madrid|
|2017||Cristiano Ronaldo||Portugal||Real Madrid|
|2016||Cristiano Ronaldo||Portugal||Real Madrid|
|2014||Cristiano Ronaldo||Portugal||Real Madrid|
|2013||Cristiano Ronaldo||Portugal||Real Madrid|
|2008||Cristiano Ronaldo||Portugal||Manchester United|
|2006||Fabio Cannavaro||Italy||Real Madrid|
|2003||Pavel Nedvěd||Czech Republic||Juventus|
|2000||Luís Figo||Portugal||Real Madrid|
|1996||Matthias Sammer||Germany||Borussia Dortmund|
|1992||Marco van Basten||Netherlands||Milan|
|1989||Marco van Basten||Netherlands||Milan|
|1988||Marco van Basten||Netherlands||Milan|
|1986||Igor Belanov||Soviet Union||Dynamo Kyiv|
|1981||Karl-Heinz Rummenigge||West Germany||Bayern Munich|
|1980||Karl-Heinz Rummenigge||West Germany||Bayern Munich|
|1977||Allan Simonsen||Denmark||Borussia M”nchengladbach|
|1976||Franz Beckenbauer||West Germany||Bayern Munich|
|1975||Oleg Blokhin||Soviet Union||Dynamo Kyiv|
|1972||Franz Beckenbauer||West Germany||Bayern Munich|
|1970||Gerd Müller||West Germany||Bayern Munich|
|1968||George Best||Northern Ireland||Manchester United|
|1967||Flórián Albert||Hungary||Ferencv rosi TC|
|1966||Bobby Charlton||England||Manchester United|
|1964||Denis Law||Scotland||Manchester United|
|1963||Lev Yashin||Soviet Union||Dynamo Moscow|
|1962||Josef Masopust||Czechoslovakia||Dukla Prague|
|1959||Alfredo Di Stéfano||Spain||Real Madrid|
|1958||Raymond Kopa||France||Real Madrid|
|1957||Alfredo Di Stéfano||Spain||Real Madrid|
There you have it; list of ballon d or winners for men, since it started in in 1956.
List of Women’s Ballon d’Or Award Winners
|2020||to be updated|
|2019||Megan Rapinoe||USA||Reign FC|
|2018||Ada Hegerberg||Norway||Olympique Lyonnais|
List of ballon d or winners (summary)
Over the years, a good number of players have claimed the greatest award in football, Ballon d’Or as we have seen in the list of Ballon d’or winners in this article.
In conclusion, only two players, Lionel Messi and Christiano Ronaldo have dominated over the years, as they have been recipients of the award six times and five times respectively.
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