list of ballon d or winners

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)

YearPlayerNationalityClub
2020not awarded
2019Lionel MessiArgentinaBarcelona
2018Luka ModricCroatiaReal Madrid
2017Cristiano RonaldoPortugalReal Madrid
2016Cristiano RonaldoPortugalReal Madrid
2015Lionel MessiArgentinaBarcelona
2014Cristiano RonaldoPortugalReal Madrid
2013Cristiano RonaldoPortugalReal Madrid
2012Lionel MessiArgentinaBarcelona
2011Lionel MessiArgentinaBarcelona
2010Lionel MessiArgentinaBarcelona
2009Lionel MessiArgentinaBarcelona
2008Cristiano RonaldoPortugalManchester United
2007Kaká BrazilMilan
2006Fabio CannavaroItalyReal Madrid
2005RonaldinhoBrazilBarcelona
2004Andriy ShevchenkoUkrainMilan
2003Pavel NedvědCzech RepublicJuventus
2002RonaldoBrazilReal Madrid
2001Michael OwenEnglandLiverpool
2000Luís FigoPortugalReal Madrid
1999RivaldoBrazilBarcelona
1998Zinedine ZidaneFranceJuventus
1997RonaldoBrazilInternazionale
1996Matthias SammerGermanyBorussia Dortmund
1995George WeahLiberiaMilan
1994Hristo StoichkovBulgariaBarcelona
1993Roberto BaggioItalyJuventus
1992Marco van BastenNetherlandsMilan
1991Jean-Pierre PapinFranceMarseille
1990Lothar MatthäusGermanyInternazionale
1989Marco van BastenNetherlandsMilan
1988Marco van BastenNetherlandsMilan
1987Ruud GullitNetherlandsMilan
1986Igor BelanovSoviet UnionDynamo Kyiv
1985Michel PlatiniFranceJuventus
1984Michel PlatiniFranceJuventus
1983Michel PlatiniFranceJuventus
1982Paolo RossiItalyJuventus
1981Karl-Heinz RummeniggeWest GermanyBayern Munich
1980Karl-Heinz RummeniggeWest GermanyBayern Munich
1979Kevin KeeganEnglandHamburg
1978Kevin KeeganEnglandHamburg
1977Allan SimonsenDenmarkBorussia M”nchengladbach
1976Franz BeckenbauerWest GermanyBayern Munich
1975Oleg BlokhinSoviet UnionDynamo Kyiv
1974Johan CruyffNetherlandsBarcelona
1973Johan CruyffNetherlandsBarcelona
1972Franz BeckenbauerWest GermanyBayern Munich
1971Johan CruyffNetherlandsAjax
1970Gerd MüllerWest GermanyBayern Munich
1969Gianni RiveraItalyMilan
1968George BestNorthern IrelandManchester United
1967Flórián AlbertHungaryFerencv rosi TC
1966Bobby CharltonEnglandManchester United
1965EusébioPortugalBenfica
1964Denis LawScotlandManchester United
1963Lev YashinSoviet UnionDynamo Moscow
1962Josef MasopustCzechoslovakiaDukla Prague
1961Omar SívoriItalyJuventus
1960Luis SuárezSpainBarcelona
1959Alfredo Di StéfanoSpainReal Madrid
1958Raymond KopaFranceReal Madrid
1957Alfredo Di StéfanoSpainReal Madrid
1956Stanley MatthewsEnglandBlackpool

There you have it; list of ballon d or winners for men, since it started in in 1956.

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List of Women’s Ballon d’Or Award Winners

YearPlayerNationalityclub
2020to be updated
2019Megan RapinoeUSAReign FC
2018Ada HegerbergNorwayOlympique 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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