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The History of Ballon D'or in Football

Wed 22 July 2020 | 21:09

When a footballer is the greatest player in the world for a calendar year, he usually wins the Ballon d'Or. Here is a look at the history of Ballon D'or in football.

The Ballon d'Or is a yearly football trophy introduced by French news magazine France Football. The award is viewed as the most important individual honor for soccer players. 

It has been granted since 1956, in spite of the fact that somewhere in the range of 2010 and 2015, the honor was unified with the FIFA World Player of the Year as the FIFA Ballon d'Or. 

Notwithstanding, the association finished in 2016, and the honor returned to the Ballon d'Or, while FIFA likewise returned to its own different yearly trophy The Best FIFA Men's Player.

Those footballers who awarded the joint FIFA Ballon d'Or are regarded as winners by both trophy organizations. 

Brought about by sports author Gabriel Hanot, the Ballon d'Or trophy goes to the male soccer players regarded to have played out the greatest over the ongoing year, in light of voting by football writers till 2006. 

Since 2007, head coaches and skippers of national sides were additionally given the option to vote.

Initially, it was an honor just for footballers from Europe and generally famous as the European Footballer of the Year trophy. 

The Ballon d'Or included all footballers from any starting point that have been playing at European clubs since 1995. 

In 2007, the honor turned into an international award with every professional soccer player across the globe being qualified.

 

The history of Ballon D'or in football

Here is a look at the history of Ballon D'or and ballon d'or rankings of all time.

History

The first winner of the Ballon d'Or was Stanley Matthews of Blackpool. Before 2007, the honor was commonly famous as the European Footballer of the Year trophy around the world. 

Significantly after 2007, it was generally related to and alluded to by that name as a result of its beginning as an European honor, to the point when it was joint with FIFA's World Player trophy establishing its new international case.

In 1995, at the point when that rules of qualification were altered for the first time,

AC Milan

's George Weah turned into the first non-European to win the trophy. 

Two years after the fact, Ronaldo Nazario of Inter Milan was the only South American trophy winner. 

The subsequent principle change in 2007 to involve footballers from all continents didn't raise new winners, as from that point forward all of them have still been playing in Europe during their success.

Barcelona

's Lionel Messi winning the honor a record 6 times gives him the edge over

Juventus

' Cristiano Ronaldo who has won five times (one with

Man United

). 

Three footballers have won the trophy thrice each: Johan Cruyff, Michel Platini, and Marco van Basten. German, Portuguese, and Dutch footballers have won the most Ballons d'Or with 7. 

Additionally, soccer players from Germany and the

Netherlands

were the only ones to take every one of the three best positions in a single year. Real Madrid and Barcelona with twelve and eleven times lead the clubs for including the most winners. 

Somewhere in the range of 2010 and 2015, the trophy was joint with a comparative one, the FIFA World Player of the Year trophy, to make the FIFA Ballon d'Or to the world's best male soccer player.

In order to keep up the convention of the first Ballon d'Or of explicitly awarding a soccer player from Europe UEFA made the UEFA Best Player in Europe in 2011.

Franz Beckenbauer, Ronaldinho, Bobby Charlton, Gerd Muller, Kaka, Rivaldo, Paolo Rossi, and Zinedine Zidane have won the European Cup, the

FIFA World Cup

, and the Ballon d'Or.

The honor shows a predisposition for strikers that has expanded in recent years. Additionally, the trophy has gone to progressively exclusive clubs.

Germany

,

Italy

,

Spain

, and

England

have provided trophy winners since 1995 with Spain's La Liga having the most while Before 1995, 10 leagues provided Ballon d'Or winners. 

After 1995, Real Madrid and Barcelona have provided the most Ballon d'Or winners.

In JUL 20 2020, the Group L'équipe concluded that no trophy would be allowed for the year because of the COVID-19 global epidemic affecting football clubs around the world.

 

Ballon d'Or winners list from 1956 to 2019

  • Ballon d’Or 1956

1st

 Stanley Matthews -Blackpool

2nd 

Alfredo Di Stefano -Real Madrid

3rd 

Raymond Kopa -Real Madrid

 

  • Ballon d’Or 1957:

1st 

Alfredo Di Stefano -Real Madrid

2nd 

Billy Wright -Wolverhampton Wanderers

3rd 

Duncan Edwards -Manchester United

Raymond Kopa -Real Madrid

 

  • Ballon d’Or 1958:

1st 

Raymond Kopa -Real Madrid

2nd 

Helmut Rahn -West Rot-Weiss Essen

3rd 

Just Fontaine -Stade de Reims

 

  • Ballon d’Or 1959: 

1st 

Alfredo Di Stefano -Real Madrid

2nd 

Raymond Kopa -Stade de Reims

3rd 

John Charles -Juventus

  •  

  • Ballon d’Or 1960:

 

1st 

Luis Suarez -Barcelona

2nd 

Ferenc Puskas -Real Madrid

3rd 

Uwe Seeler -Hamburg

 

  • Ballon d’Or 1961:

 

1st 

Omar Sivori -Juventus

2nd 

Luis Suarez -Internazionale

3rd 

Johnny Haynes -Fulham

 

  • Ballon d’Or 1962:

 

1st 

Josef Masopust -Dukla Prague

2nd 

Eusebio -Benfica

3rd 

Karl-Heinz Schnellinger -Koln

 

  • Ballon d’Or 1963: 

 

1st 

Lev Yashin -Dynamo Moscow

2nd 

Gianni Rivera -Milan

3rd 

Jimmy Greaves -Tottenham Hotspur

  • Ballon d’Or 1964: 

1st

Denis Law -Manchester United

2nd

Luis Suárez -Internazionale

3rd

Amancio -Real Madrid

 

  • Ballon d’Or 1965:

1st

Eusebio -Benfica

2nd

Giacinto Facchetti -Internazionale

3rd

Luis Suarez -Internazionale

 

  • Ballon d’Or 1966:

1st

Bobby Charlton -Manchester United

2nd

Eusébio -Benfica

3rd

Franz Beckenbauer -Bayern Munich

 

  • Ballon d’Or 1967: 

1st

Florian Albert -Ferencvaros

2nd

Bobby Charlton -Manchester United

3rd

Jimmy Johnstone -Celtic

 

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  • Ballon d’Or 1968:

1st

George Best -Manchester United

2nd

Bobby Charlton -Manchester United

3rd

Dragan Dzajic -Red Star Belgrade

 

  • Ballon d’Or 1969:

1st

Gianni Rivera -Milan

2nd

Luigi Riva -Cagliari

3rd

Gerd Müller -Bayern Munich

 

  • Ballon d’Or 1970:

1st

Gerd Müller -Bayern Munich

2nd

Bobby Moore -West Ham United

3rd

Luigi Riva -Cagliari

 

  • Ballon d’Or 1971: 

 

1st

Johan Cruyff -Ajax

2nd

Sandro Mazzola -Internazionale

3rd

George Best -Manchester United

  • Ballon d’Or 1972:

 

1st

Franz Beckenbauer -Bayern Munich

2nd

Gerd Muller -Bayern Munich

3rd

Gunter Netzer  -Borussia Monchengladbach

 

  • Ballon d’Or 1973:

 

1st

Johan Cruyff -Barcelona

2nd

Dino Zoff -Juventus

3rd

Gerd Muller -Bayern Munich

 

  • Ballon d’Or 1974:

 

1st

Johan Cruyff -Barcelona

2nd

Franz Beckenbauer -Bayern Munich

3rd

Kazimierz Deyna -Legia Warsaw

 

  • Ballon d’Or 1975:

 

1st

Oleg Blokhin -Dynamo Kyiv

2nd

Franz Beckenbauer -Bayern Munich

3rd

Johan -Cruyff Barcelona

 

  • Ballon d’Or 1976:

 

1st

Franz Beckenbauer -Bayern Munich

2nd

Rob Rensenbrink -Anderlecht

3rd

Ivo Viktor -Dukla Prague

 

  • Ballon d’Or 1977:

 

1st

Allan Simonsen  -Borussia Monchengladbach

2nd

Kevin Keegan -Hamburg

3rd

Michel Platini -Nancy

 

  • Ballon d’Or 1978:

 

1st

Kevin Keegan -Hamburg

2nd

Hans Krank -Barcelona

3rd

Rob Rensenbrink -Anderlecht

 

  • Ballon d’Or 1979:

 

1st

Kevin Keegan -Hamburg

2nd

Karl-Heinz Rummenigge -Bayern Munich

3rd

Ruud Krol -Ajax

  • Ballon d’Or 1980:

 

1st

Karl-Heinz Rummenigge -Bayern Munich

2nd

Bernd Schuster  -Barcelona

3rd

Michel Platini -Saint-Etienne

 

  • Ballon d’Or 1981:

 

1st

Karl-Heinz Rummenigge -Bayern Munich

2nd

Paul Breitner -Bayern Munich

3rd

Bernd Schuster -Barcelona

 

  • Ballon d’Or 1982:

 

1st

Paolo Rossi -Juventus

2nd

Alain Giresse -Bordeaux

3rd

Zbigniew Boniek -Juventus

 

  • Ballon d’Or 1983:

 

1st

Michel Platini -Juventus

2nd

Kenny Dalglish -Liverpool

3rd

Allan Simonsen -Vejle

 

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  • Ballon d’Or 1984:

 

1st

Michel Platini -Juventus

2nd

Jean Tigana -Bordeaux

3rd

Preben Elkjaer -Hellas Verona

 

  • Ballon d’Or 1985:

 

1st

Michel Platini -Juventus

2nd

Preben Elkjaer -Hellas Verona

3rd

Bernd Schuster -Barcelona

 

  • Ballon d’Or 1986:

 

1st

Igor Belanov -Dynamo Kyiv

2nd

Gary Lineker -Barcelona

3rd

Emilio Butragueño -Real Madrid

 

  • Ballon d’Or 1987: 

 

1st

Ruud Gullit -Milan

2nd

Paulo Futre -Atletico Madrid

3rd

Emilio Butragueño -Real Madrid

  • Ballon d’Or 1988:

 

1st

Marco van Basten -Milan

2nd

Ruud Gullit -Milan

3rd

Frank Rijkaard -Milan

 

  • Ballon d’Or 1989: 

 

1st

Marco van Basten -Milan

2nd

Franco Baresi -Milan

3rd

Frank Rijkaard -Milan

 

  • Ballon d’Or 1990:

 

1st

Lothar Matthaus -Internazionale

2nd

Salvatore Schillaci -Juventus

3rd

Andreas Brehme -Internazionale

 

  • Ballon d’Or 1991:

 

1st

Jean-Pierre Papin -Marseille

2nd

Dejan Savićevic -Red Star Belgrade

Darko Pančev -Red Star Belgrade

Lothar Matthaus -Internazionale

  • Ballon d’Or 1992:

 

1st

Marco van Basten -Milan

2nd

Hristo Stoichkov -Barcelona

3rd

Dennis Bergkamp -Ajax

 

  • Ballon d’Or 1993:

 

1st

Roberto Baggio -Juventus

2nd

Dennis Bergkamp -Internazionale

3rd

Eric Cantona -Manchester United

 

  • Ballon d’Or 1994:

 

1st

Hristo Stoichkov -Barcelona

2nd

Roberto Baggio -Juventus

3rd

Paolo Maldini -Milan

 

  • Ballon d’Or 1995:

 

1st

George Weah -Milan

2nd

Jurgen Klinsmann -Bayern Munich

3rd

Jari Litmanen -Ajax

  • Ballon d’Or 1996:

1st

Matthias Sammer -Borussia Dortmund

2nd

Ronaldo -Barcelona

3rd

Alan Shearer -Newcastle United

  • Ballon d’Or 1997: 

1st

Ronaldo -Internazionale

2nd

Predrag Mijatovic -Real Madrid

3rd

Zinedine Zidane -Juventus

  • Ballon d’Or 1998:

1st

Zinedine Zidane -Juventus

2nd

Davor Suker -Real Madrid

3rd

Ronaldo -Internazionale

  • Ballon d’Or 1999:

1st

Rivaldo -Barcelona

2nd

David Beckham -Manchester United

3rd

Andriy Shevchenko -Milan

 

  • Ballon d’Or 2000:

 

1st

Luis Figo (Barcelona and Real Madrid)

2nd

Zinedine Zidane (Juventus)

3rd

Andriy Shevchenko (AC Milan)

4th

Thierry Henry (Arsenal)

5th

Alessandro Nesta (Lazio)

6th

Rivaldo (Barcelona)

7th

Gabriel Batistuta (Roma)

8th

Gaizka Mendieta (Valencia)

9th

Raul (Real Madrid)

10th

Paolo Maldini (AC Milan)

10th

David Beckham (Manchester United)

 

  • Ballon d’Or 2001: 

 

1st

Michael Owen (Liverpool)

2nd

Raul (Real Madrid)

3rd

Oliver Kahn (Bayern Munich)

4th

David Beckham (Manchester United)

5th

Francesco Totti (Roma)

6th

Luis Figo (Real Madrid)

7th

Rivaldo (Barcelona)

8th

Andriy Shevchenko (AC Milan)

9th

Thierry Henry (Arsenal)

10th

Zinedine Zidane (Real Madrid)

  • Ballon d’Or 2002:

 

1st

Ronaldo (Inter Milan and Real Madrid)

2nd

Roberto Carlos (Real Madrid)

3rd

Oliver Kahn (Bayern Munich)

4th

Zinedine Zidane (Real Madrid)

5th

Michael Ballack (Bayer Leverkusen and Bayern Munich)

6th

Thierry Henry (Arsenal)

7th

Raul (Real Madrid)

8th

Rivaldo (Barcelona and AC Milan)

9th

Yildiray Basturk (Bayer Leverkusen)

10th

Alessandro Del Piero (Juventus)

 

  • Ballon d’Or 2003: 

 

1st

Pavel Nedved (Juventus)

2nd

Thierry Henry (Arsenal)

3rd

Paolo Maldini (AC Milan)

4th

Andriy Shevchenko (AC Milan)

5th

Zinedine Zidane (Real Madrid)

6th

Ruud van Nistelrooy (Manchester United)

7th

Raul (Real Madrid)

8th

Roberto Carlos (Real Madrid)

9th

Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus)

10th

David Beckham (Manchester United and Real Madrid)

  • Ballon d’Or 2004: 

 

1st

Andriy Shevchenko (AC Milan)

2nd

Deco (Porto and Barcelona)

3rd

Ronaldinho (Barcelona)

4th

Thierry Henry (Arsenal)

5th

Theodoros Zagorakis (AEK Athens and Bologna)

6th

Adriano (Parma and Inter Milan)

7th

Pavel Naved (Juventus)

8th

Wayne Rooney (Everton and Manchester United)

9th

Ricardo Carvalho (Porto and Chelsea)

10th

Ruud van Nistelrooy (Manchester United)

 

  • Ballon d’Or 2005: 

 

1st

Ronaldinho (Barcelona)

2nd

Frank Lampard (Chelsea)

3rd

Steven Gerrard (Liverpool)

4th

Thierry Henry (Arsenal)

5th

Andriy Shevchenko (AC Milan)

6th

Paolo Maldini (AC Milan)

7th

Adriano (Inter Milan)

8th

Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Juventus)

9th

Kaka (AC Milan)

10th

Samuel Eto’o (Barcelona)

10th

John Terry (Chelsea)

  • Ballon d’Or 2006: 

 

1st

Fabio Cannavaro (Juventus and Real Madrid)

2nd

Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus)

3rd

Thierry Henry (Arsenal)

4th

Ronaldinho (Barcelona)

5th

Zinedine Zidane (Real Madrid)

6th

Samuel Eto’o (Barcelona)

7th

Miroslav Klose (Werder Bremen)

8th

Didier Drogba (Chelsea)

9th

Andrea Pirlo (AC Milan)

10th

Jens Lehmann (Arsenal)

 

  • Ballon d’Or 2007: 

 

1st

Kaka (AC Milan)

2nd

Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United)

3rd

Lionel Messi (Barcelona)

4th

Didier Drogba (Chelsea)

5th

Andrea Pirlo (AC Milan)

6th

Ruud van Nistelrooy (Real Madrid)

7th

Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Inter Milan)

8th

Cesc Fabregas (Arsenal)

9th

Robinho (Real Madrid)

10th

Francesco Totti (Roma)

 

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  • Ballon d’Or 2008: 

 

1st

Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United)

2nd

Lionel Messi (Barcelona)

3rd

Fernando Torres (Liverpool)

4th

Iker Casillas (Real Madrid)

5th

Xavi (Barcelona)

6th

Andrey Arshavin (Zenit Saint Petersburg)

7th

David Villa (Valencia)

8th

Kaka (AC Milan)

9th

Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Inter Milan)

10th

Steven Gerrard (Liverpool)

 

  • Ballon d’Or 2009: 

 

1st

Lionel Messi (Barcelona)

2nd

Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United and Real Madrid)

3rd

Xavi (Barcelona)

4th

Andres Iniesta (Barcelona)

5th

Samuel Eto’o (Barcelona)

6th

Kaka (AC Milan and Real Madrid)

7th

Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Inter Milan and Barcelona)

8th

Wayne Rooney (Manchester United)

9th

Steven Gerrard (Liverpool)

10th

Didier Drogba (Chelsea)

  • Ballon d’Or 2010:

1st

Lionel Messi (Barcelona)

2nd

Andres Iniesta (Barcelona)

3rd

Xavi (Barcelona)

4th

Wesley Sneijder (Inter Milan)

5th

Diego Forlan (Atletico Madrid)

6th

Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)

7th

Iker Casillas (Real Madrid)

8th

David Villa (Valencia and Barcelona)

9th

Didier Drogba (Chelsea)

10th

Xabi Alonso (Liverpool)

 

  • Ballon d’Or 2011: 

 

1st

Lionel Messi (Barcelona)

2nd

Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)

3rd

Xavi (Barcelona)

4th

Andres Iniesta (Barcelona)

5th

Wayne Rooney (Manchester United)

6th

Luis Suarez (Ajax and Liverpool)

7th

Diego Forlan (Atletico Madrid and Inter Milan)

8th

Samuel Eto’o (Inter Milan and Anzhi Makhachkala)

9th

Iker Casillas (Real Madrid)

10th

Neymar (Santos)

  • Ballon d’Or 2012:

 

1st

Lionel Messi (Barcelona)

2nd

Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)

3rd

Xavi (Barcelona)

4th

Andres Iniesta (Barcelona)

5th

Radamel Falcao (Atletico Madrid)

6th

Iker Casillas (Real Madrid)

7th

Andrea Pirlo (Juventus)

8th

Didier Drogba (Chelsea and Atletico Madrid)

9th

Robin van Persie (Arsenal and Manchester United)

10th

Zlatan Ibrahimovic (AC Milan and Paris Saint-Germain)

 

  • Ballon d’Or 2013:

 

1st

Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)

2nd

Lionel Messi (Barcelona)

3rd

Franck Ribery (Bayern Munich)

4th

Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Paris Saint-Germain)

5th

Neymar (Santos and Barcelona)

6th

Andres Iniesta (Barcelona)

7th

Robin van Persie (Manchester United)

8th

Arjen Robben (Bayern Munich)

9th

Gareth Bale (Tottenham and Real Madrid)

10th

Andrea Pirlo (Juventus)

  • Ballon d’Or 2014: 

 

1st

Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)

2nd

Lionel Messi (Barcelona)

3rd

Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich)

4th

Arjen Robben (Bayern Munich)

5th

Philipp Lahm (Bayern Munich)

6th

Thomas Muller (Bayern Munich)

7th

Neymar (Barcelona)

8th

James Rodriguez (Monaco and Real Madrid)

9th

Toni Kroos (Bayern Munich and Real Madrid)

10th

Angel di Maria (Real Madrid and Manchester United)

 

  • Ballon d’Or 2015: 

 

1st

Lionel Messi (Barcelona)

2nd

Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)

3rd

Neymar (Barcelona)

4th

Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich)

5th

Paul Pogba (Juventus)

6th

Thomas Muller (Bayern Munich)

7th

Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich)

8th

Eden Hazard (Chelsea)

9th

Andres Iniesta (Barcelona)

10th

Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal)

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  • Ballon d’Or 2016: 

 

1st

Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)

2nd

Lionel Messi (Barcelona)

3rd

Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid)

4th

Luis Suarez (Barcelona)

5th

Neymar (Barcelona)

6th

Gareth Bale (Real Madrid)

7th

Riyad Mahrez (Leicester)

8th

Jamie Vardy (Leicester)

9th

Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus)

10th

Pepe (Real Madrid)

 

  • Ballon d’Or 2017: 

 

1st

Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)

2nd

Lionel Messi (Barcelona)

3rd

Neymar (Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain)

4th

Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus)

5th

Luka Modric (Real Madrid)

6th

Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid)

7th

Kylian Mbappe (Monaco and Paris Saint-Germain)

8th

N’Golo Kante (Chelsea)

9th

Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich)

10th

Harry Kane (Tottenham)

  • Ballon d’Or 2018: 

 

1st

Luka Modric (Real Madrid)

2nd

Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus)

3rd

Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid)

4th

Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain)

5th

Lionel Messi (Barcelona)

6th

Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)

7th

Raphael Varane (Real Madrid)

8th

Eden Hazard (Chelsea)

9th

Kevin de Bruyne (Manchester City)

10th

Harry Kane (Tottenham)

 

  • Ballon d’Or 2019:

 

1st

Lionel Messi (Barcelona)

2nd

Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool)

3rd

Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus)

4th

Sadio Mane (Liverpool)

5th

Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)

6th

Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain)

7th

Alisson Becker (Liverpool)

8th

Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich)

9th

Bernardo Silva (Manchester City)

10th

Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City)

 

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