The History of Ballon D'or in Football

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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.

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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.


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

  • 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

  • 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)
  • 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)

  • 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)


source: SportMob
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