List of All Ballon d’Or Winners 2022

List of All Ballon d’Or Winners: The Ballon d’Or is France Football magazine’s highest individual football award, given to the best footballer of the year. All Ballon d’Or winners – from Matthews to Messi.

List of All Ballon d’Or Winners

From 1956 to 1995, the Golden Ball was awarded to the best European player, and since 1995, the award could be received by a player of any nationality, but playing for a European club. Since 2007, the prize has been awarded regardless of nationality and club.

In 2010, France Football’s Ballon d’Or was combined with the FIFA Player of the Year award, resulting in a new prize, the FIFA Ballon d’Or. But in 2016, the awards were divided again, now FIFA chooses FIFA Player of the Year, and France Football issues the Golden Ball.

All Golden Balls are made by the Parisian jewelry house Mellerio dits Meller. The ball is made of brass, set on a pyrite base, and covered with a gold layer.

Who and How Chooses The Owner of The Golden Ball

Sports journalists from all over the world vote for the France Football Ballon d’Or.

FIFA selects “FIFA Best Player” and all national team captains and coaches vote, plus one journalist from each country of FIFA’s 211 federations, and fans vote on

Everyone chooses three players: the winner, second and third place. The winner of FIFA is awarded five points, the second player – three, and the third – one point. Then the points are added up, and the player with the most points wins the award.

The History of the Golden Ball

Stanley Matthews of Blackpool became the first Ballon d’Or. Milan’s George Weah became the only African and the first non-European player to receive an award following the rule change. Ronaldo of Internazionale became the first Ballon d’Or from South America.

Lionel Messi has won the award six times, Cristiano Ronaldo five. Three players received the Ballon d’Or three times: Johan Cruyff from Ajax and Barcelona, ​​Michel Platini from Juventus, and Marco Van Basten from Milan.

Representatives of Germany, the Netherlands, and Portugal have received the Golden Ball seven times. Most often, the players of Real Madrid and Barcelona became the best: Madrid has 11 awards, and the Catalans have 12.

Eight players have won the World Cup, European Cup / UEFA Champions League, and received the Ballon d’Or in their football careers: Bobby Charlton, Franz Beckenbauer, Gerd Müller, Paolo Rossi, Zinedine Zidane, Rivaldo, Ronaldinho, and Kaka.

Who Received The Golden Ball in 2018

In 2018, 30 players competed for the Ballon d’Or, including Croatian Luca Modric, Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo, Argentinean Lionel Messi, and Brazilian Neymar. Received the award Luka Modric, who won the Champions League with Real Madrid, and at the World Championship reached the final with Croatia and became the best player in the 2018 World Cup.

Modric broke the ten-year hegemony of Ronaldo and Messi. Cristiano took second place, Antoine Griezmann was third, Kylian Mbappé was fourth, and Messi was only fifth in the ranking.

Who received the Golden Ball in 2019 and 2021

Lionel Messi received the award. The Argentinian beat Virgil van Dyck, Cristiano Ronaldo and Sadio Mane. This “Ballon d’Or” became the sixth for the Argentinean, more often not a single player won the award.

List of Golden Ball Holders Throughout History By Year

“Ballon d’Or” France Football (1956-2009) 

1956EnglandStanley MatthewsBlackpool
1957SpainAlfredo di Stefano“Real Madrid”
1958FranceRaymond Copa“Real Madrid”
1959SpainAlfredo di Stefano“Real Madrid”
1960SpainLuis SuarezBarcelona
1961ItalyOmar sivoriJuventus
1962CzechoslovakiaJoseph masopustDukla (Prague)
1963the USSRLev YashinDynamo (Moscow)
1964ScotlandDenis Lowe“Manchester United”
1966EnglandBobby Charlton“Manchester United”
1967HungaryFlorian Albert“Ferencvaros”
1968Northern IrelandGeorge Best“Manchester United”
1969ItalyGianni Rivera“Milan”
1970FRGGerd MüllerBayern Munich
1971NetherlandsJohan Cruyff“Ajax”
1972FRGFranz BeckenbauerBayern Munich
1973NetherlandsJohan CruyffBarcelona
1974NetherlandsJohan CruyffBarcelona
1975the USSROleg BlokhinDynamo (Kiev)
1976FRGFranz BeckenbauerBayern Munich
1977DenmarkAllan SimonsenBorussia (Mönchengladbach)
1978EnglandKevin KeeganHamburg
1979EnglandKevin KeeganHamburg
1980FRGKarl-Heinz RummeniggeBayern Munich
1981FRGKarl-Heinz RummeniggeBayern Munich
1982ItalyPaolo RossiJuventus
1983FranceMichelle PlatiniJuventus
1984FranceMichelle PlatiniJuventus
1985FranceMichelle PlatiniJuventus
1986the USSRIgor BelanovDynamo (Kiev)
1987NetherlandsRuud Gullit“Milan”
1988NetherlandsMarco van Basten“Milan”
1989NetherlandsMarco van Basten“Milan”
1990GermanyLothar Matthäus“Internationale”
1991FranceJean-Pierre PapinOlympic Marseille
1992NetherlandsMarco van Basten“Milan”
1993ItalyRoberto BaggioJuventus
1994BulgariaHristo StoichkovBarcelona
1995LiberiaGeorge weah“Milan”
1996GermanyMatthias Sammer“Borussia Dortmund)
1998FranceZinedine ZidaneJuventus
2000PortugalLuis Figo“Real Madrid”
2001EnglandMichael Owen“Liverpool”
2002BrazilRonaldo“Real Madrid”
2003CzechPavel NedvedJuventus
2004UkraineAndrey Shevchenko“Milan”
2006ItalyFabio Cannavaro“Real Madrid”
2008PortugalCristiano Ronaldo“Manchester United”
2009ArgentinaLionel MessiBarcelona

FIFA Ballon d’Or (2010–2015)

2010ArgentinaLionel MessiBarcelona
2011ArgentinaLionel MessiBarcelona
2012ArgentinaLionel MessiBarcelona
2013PortugalCristiano Ronaldo“Real Madrid”
2014PortugalCristiano Ronaldo“Real Madrid”
2015ArgentinaLionel MessiBarcelona

France Football Ballon d’Or since 2016

2016PortugalCristiano RonaldoReal Madrid”
2017PortugalCristiano RonaldoReal Madrid”
2018CroatiaLuka ModricReal Madrid”
2019ArgentinaLionel MessiBarcelona
2021ArgentinaLionel MessiPSG

“Super Golden Ball”

This prize went to Alfredo Di Stefano in 1989 for surpassing Johan Cruyff and Michel Platini in the France Football vote.

Revision of Awards Until 1995

In 2016 France Football revised the awards until 1995 when only European players received the Ballon d’Or. The original winners were not deprived of their awards, but two winners were appointed for one year. Garrincha, Mario Kempes, and Romario were added to the list with Maradona and Pele.

Results of the revision of awards before 1995:
YearFirst winnerSecond
1958Raymond CopaPele
1959Alfredo di StefanoPele
1960Luis SuarezPele
1961Omar sivoriPele
1962Joseph masopustGarrincha
1963Lev YashinPele
1964Denis LowePele
1970Gerd MüllerPele
1978Kevin KeeganMario Kempes
1986Igor BelanovDiego Maradona
1990Lothar MatthäusDiego Maradona
1994Hristo StoichkovRomario

Record Holders in Golden Balls Throughout History

Despite the departure of the era of Cristiano and Leo, they remain in first place in terms of the number of Ballon d’Or.

PlayerNumber of golden balls
Lionel Messi6 (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2019, 2021)
Cristiano Ronaldo5 (18, 13, 14, 16, 17)
Michelle Platini3 (1983, 1984, 1985)
Johan Cruyff3 (1971, 1973, 1974)
Marco van Basten3 (1988, 1989, 1992)
Franz Beckenbauer2 (1972, 1976)
Ronaldo2 (1997, 2002)
Alfredo di Stefano2 (1957, 1959)
Kevin Keegan2 (1978, 1979)
Karl-Heinz Rummenigge2 (1980, 1981)

The rest of the players won once.

List of Owners By Country

The Soviet Union has three Golden Ball winners: Lev Yashin from Dynamo Moscow, Oleg Blokhin from Dynamo Kyiv, and his teammate Igor Belanov.

The USSR33

Football players from other countries have won the Ballon d’Or once.

List of Owners By Club

Thanks to the victory of Luka Modric, Real Madrid became the leader the holders of the Ballon d’Or. Horvath became the seventh representative of the Madrid club after Alfredo di Stefano (1957, 1959), Raymond Copa (1958), Luis Figo (2000), Ronaldo (2002), Fabio Cannavaro (2006) and Cristiano Ronaldo (2013, 2014, 2016 , 2017)).

Most often, the “Golden Ball” was won by Barcelona players – 12 times, while Lionel Messi received half.

Real Madrid711
Bayern Munich)35
Manchester United44
Dynamo (Kiev)22

The players of the other clubs won one Ballon d’Or.

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