List of the Ballon d’Or winners? Ballon d’Or (Golden Ball) is an annual football award presented by French news magazine France Football that is one of the oldest and generally regarded as the most prestigious individual award for football players. It has been awarded since 1956, although between 2010 and 2015, an agreement was made with FIFA, and the award was temporarily merged with the FIFA World Player of the Year (founded in 1991) and known as the FIFA Ballon d’Or.
However, the partnership ended in 2016, and the award reverted to the Ballon d’Or, while FIFA also reverted to its own separate annual award The Best FIFA Men’s Player. The recipients of the joint FIFA Ballon d’Or are considered as winners by both award organizations. In 2018, the first women’s Ballon d’Or award was presented (called the Ballon d’Or Féminin).
Ballon d’Or: Full List of Men’s winners from 1956 to 2019
Here are details about the Ballon d’Or award for Men and which was first awarded in 1956. Winners are being updated by year, country and club respectively from 1956 – 2019. All information are gotten from reliable sources; Wikipedia and goal
|1957||Alfredo Di Stéfano||Spain||Real Madrid|
|1958||Raymond Kopa||France||Real Madrid|
|1959||Alfredo Di Stéfano||Spain||Real Madrid|
|1962||Josef Masopust||Czechoslovakia||Dukla Prague|
|1963||Lev Yashin||Soviet Union||Dynamo Moscow|
|1964||Denis Law||Scotland||Manchester United|
|1966||Bobby Charlton||England||Manchester United|
|1967||Flórián Albert||Hungary||Ferencv rosi TC|
|1968||George Best||Northern Ireland||Manchester United|
|1970||Gerd Müller||West Germany||Bayern Munich|
|1972||Franz Beckenbauer||West Germany||Bayern Munich|
|1975||Oleg Blokhin||Soviet Union||Dynamo Kyiv|
|1976||Franz Beckenbauer||West Germany||Bayern Munich|
|1977||Allan Simonsen||Denmark||Borussia M”nchengladbach|
|1980||Karl-Heinz||West Germany||Bayern Munich|
|1981||Karl-Heinz||West Germany||Bayern Munich|
|1986||Igor Belanov||Soviet Union||Dynamo Kyiv|
|1988||Marco van Basten||Netherlands||Milan|
|1989||Marco van Basten||Netherlands||Milan|
|1992||Marco van Basten||Netherlands||Milan|
|1996||Matthias Sammer||Germany||Borussia Dortmund|
|2000||Luís Figo||Portugal||Real Madrid|
|2003||Pavel Nedvěd||Czech Republic||Juventus|
|2006||Fabio Cannavaro||Italy||Real Madrid|
|2008||Cristiano Ronaldo||Portugal||Manchester United|
|2013||Cristiano Ronaldo||Portugal||Real Madrid|
|2014||Cristiano Ronaldo||Portugal||Real Madrid|
|2016||Cristiano Ronaldo||Portugal||Real Madrid|
|2017||Cristiano Ronaldo||Portugal||Real Madrid|
|2018||Luka Modric||Croatia||Real Madrid|
Wins by player
Lionel Messi with 6 awards has won the most Ballons d’Or in history. The Barcelona star moved ahead of his great rival Cristiano Ronaldo by picking up the prize for the first time since 2015, with Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk finishing a close second.
|Players||Number of Times Won||Year(s)|
|Lionel Messi||6||(2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2019)|
|Cristiano Ronaldo||5||(2008, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017)|
|Michel Platini||3||(1983, 1984, 1985)|
|Marco van Basten||3||(1988, 1989, 1992)|
|Franz Beckenbauer||2||(1972, 1976)|
|Alfredo Di Stéfano||2||(1957, 1959)|
|England Kevin Keegan||2||(1978, 1979)|
FAQs – Frequently Asked Questions
Q.1. Who won the most Ballon d’Or in history?
Lionel Messi has won this prestigious award six times more than any other player in football history, whilst Cristiano Ronaldo has won the award five times, who is the second person that has won the award for such number of times.
Q.2. Who won 2019 Ballon d’Or?
Messi won the 2019 Ballon d’Or award where Van Dijk came second ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo who was third on the list.
Q.3. Is Ballon d’Or real gold?
The trophy is then dipped in liquid gold before being fixed on a pyrite plinth, the exact dimensions of the trophy are 31 centimeters high, 23 wide and 23 deeps.
Q.4. Has a goalkeeper ever won a Ballon d’Or?
Lev Yashin remains the only goalkeeper to have won the Ballon d’Or in 1963. He also stopped 151 penalty kicks during his career, more than any other goalkeeper in the history of the sport and kept over 270 clean sheets.
Q.5. How Ballon d’Or is decided?
The FIFA Ballon d’Or was awarded based on votes from international journalists and national team coaches and captains, who selected the players they deemed to have performed the best in the previous calendar year.
Q.6. Has Pele ever won a Ballon d’Or?
Pele has never won the Ballon d’Or because he was never eligible. He was too late for the FIFA World Player of the Year, which was devised in 1991, while between 1956 when the Ballon d’Or was created and 1995.
Q.6. Who won the first Ballon d’Or?
Stanley Matthews of Blackpool was the inaugural winner of the Ballon d’Or. Prior to 2007, the award was generally known as the continental European Footballer of the Year award in English language and much international media.
Q.7. Who is the youngest player to win the Ballon d’Or?
The youngest winner was Ronaldo who won at 20 years old in 1996, and the oldest winner was Fabio Cannavaro, who won aged 33 in 2006.