List of the Ballon d’Or winners

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

Year Player Nationality Club                  
1956 Stanley Matthews England Blackpool
1957 Alfredo Di Stéfano Spain Real Madrid
1958 Raymond Kopa France Real Madrid
1959 Alfredo Di Stéfano Spain Real Madrid
1960 Luis Suárez Spain Barcelona
1961 Omar Sívori Italy Juventus
1962 Josef Masopust Czechoslovakia Dukla Prague
1963 Lev Yashin Soviet Union Dynamo Moscow
1964 Denis Law Scotland Manchester United
1965 Eusébio Portugal Benfica
1966 Bobby Charlton England Manchester United
1967 Flórián Albert Hungary Ferencv rosi TC
1968 George Best Northern Ireland Manchester United
1969 Gianni Rivera Italy Milan
1970 Gerd Müller West Germany Bayern Munich
1971 Johan Cruyff Netherlands Ajax
1972 Franz Beckenbauer West Germany Bayern Munich
1973 Johan Cruyff Netherlands Barcelona
1974 Johan Cruyff Netherlands Barcelona
1975 Oleg Blokhin Soviet Union Dynamo Kyiv
1976 Franz Beckenbauer West Germany Bayern Munich
1977 Allan Simonsen Denmark Borussia M”nchengladbach
1978 Kevin Keegan England Hamburg
1979 Kevin Keegan England Hamburg
1980 Karl-Heinz West Germany Bayern Munich
1981 Karl-Heinz West Germany Bayern Munich
1982 Paolo Rossi Italy Juventus
1983 Michel Platini France Juventus
1984 Michel Platini France Juventus
1985 Michel Platini France Juventus
1986 Igor Belanov Soviet Union Dynamo Kyiv
1987 Ruud Gullit Netherlands Milan
1988 Marco van Basten Netherlands Milan
1989 Marco van Basten Netherlands Milan
1990 Lothar Matthäus Germany Internazionale
1991 Jean-Pierre Papin France Marseille
1992 Marco van Basten Netherlands Milan
1993 Roberto Baggio Italy Juventus
1994 Hristo Stoichkov Bulgaria Barcelona
1995 George Weah Liberia Milan
1996 Matthias Sammer Germany Borussia Dortmund
1997 Ronaldo Brazil Internazionale
1998 Zinedine Zidane France Juventus
1999 Rivaldo Brazil Barcelona
2000 Luís Figo Portugal Real Madrid
2001 Michael Owen England Liverpool
2002 Ronaldo Brazil Real Madrid
2003 Pavel Nedvěd Czech Republic Juventus
2004 Andriy Shevchenko Ukraine Milan
2005 Ronaldinho Brazil Barcelona
2006 Fabio Cannavaro Italy Real Madrid
2007 Kaká Brazil Milan
2008 Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal Manchester United
2009 Lionel Messi Argentina Barcelona
2010 Lionel Messi Argentina Barcelona
2011 Lionel Messi Argentina Barcelona
2012 Lionel Messi Argentina Barcelona
2013 Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal Real Madrid
2014 Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal Real Madrid
2015 Lionel Messi Argentina Barcelona
2016 Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal Real Madrid
2017 Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal Real Madrid
2018 Luka Modric Croatia Real Madrid
2019 Lionel Messi Argentina Barcelona

Wins by player

Ballon d'Or Winners


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)
Ronaldo 2 (1997, 2002)
Alfredo Di Stéfano 2 (1957, 1959)
England Kevin Keegan 2 (1978, 1979)
Karl-Heinz 2 (1980, 1981)
Luis Suárez 1 (1960)
Eusébio 1 (1965)
Bobby Charlton 1 (1966)
Raymond Kopa 1 (1958)
Gerd Müller 1 (1970)
Zinedine Zidane 1 (1998)
Gianni Rivera 1 (1969)
Ruud Gullit 1 (1987)
Lothar Matthäus 1 (1990)
Roberto Baggio 1 (1993)
Hristo Stoichkov 1 (1994)
Andriy Shevchenko 1 (2004)
George Best 1 (1968)
Allan Simonsen 1 (1977)
Ronaldinho 1 (2005)

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.

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