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FIFA Ballon D’Or Award History, Winners

FIFA Ballon D’Or is an awards which is also called as Golden Ball which is given to a Football player who has given best performance in last year Based on votes of captains of international teams, coaches & journalists the best player is awarded with this award. Earlier its was called as European Footballer of the Year award but now it is called as Ballon D’Or. Here is the complete information about the FIFA Ballon D’Or award history with all of its winners.

FIFA Ballon D'Or

History of FIFA Ballon D’Or

Eligibility for this award: This award was invented by Gabriel Hanot who was chief magazine writer of France Football. When this was invented, only those player were eligible for this award who play for European clubs. Earlier, no other players were nominated for this award. One of the football legend Pele who did not played for European club was not eligible for FIFA Ballon D’Or Award at that time.

But in the year of 1995, a change in this award was made. The player who is non European but played for the European club was eligible for this award. George Weah from Milan was the first player to win FIFA Ballon D’Or in 1995 who was non European.

Then final decision of eligibility was taken in the year of 2007. They decided that every player all around the world is eligible. It also raised the number of journalists votes.

FIFA Ballon D’Or Winners List

Stanley Mathews (England) was the first winner of FIFA Ballon D’Or. He was awarded in 1956. At that time he playing for English football club Blackpool. He got total of 47 points. Lionel Messi from Argentina, is the only footballer who won this trophy 4 times. There are 3 players (Johan Cruyff, Michel Platini, Marco Van Basten) who won this trophy 3 times.

FIFA Ballon D'Or Winner List

WINNERS
Year1st Place2nd Place3rd Place
1956Stanley Mattews(Blackpool)Alfredo Di Stefano(Real Madrid)Raymond Kopa(Real Madrid)
1957Alfredo Di Stefano(Real Madrid)Billy Wright(Wolverhampton Wanderers)Duncan Edwards(Manchester United)
1958Raymond Kopa(Real Madrid)Helmut Rahn(Rot Weiss Essen)Just Fontaine(Stade de Reims)
1959Alfredo Di Stefano(Real Madrid)Raymond Kopa(Real Madrid)John Charles(Juventus)
1960Luis Suarez(Barcelona)Ferenc Puskas(Real Madrid)Uwe Seeler(Hamburg)
1961Omar Sivori(Juventus)Luis Saurez(Internazionale)Johnny Haynes(Fulham)
1962Josef Masopust(Dukla Prague)Eusebio(Benfica)Karl Heinz Schnellinger(Koln)
1963Lev Yashin(Dynamo Moscow)Gianni Rivera(Milan)Jimmy Greaves(Tottenham Hotspur)
1964Denis Law(Manchester United)Luis Saurez(Internazionale)Amancio(Real Madrid)
1965Eusebio(Benfica)Giacinto Facchetti(Internazionale)Luis Saurez(Internazionale)
1966Bobby Chartlon(Manchester United)Eusebio(Benfica)Franz Becknbauer(Bayern Munich)
1967Florian Albert(Ferencvarosi TC)Bobby Chartlon(Manchester United)Jimmy Johnstone(Celtic)
1968George Best(Manchester United)Bobby Chartlon(Manchester United)Dragan Dzajic(Red Star Belgrade)
1969Gianni Rivera(Milan)Luigi Riva(Cagliari)Gerd Muller(Bayern Munich)
1970Gerd Muller(Bayern Munich)Bobby Moore(West Ham United)Luigi Riva(Cagliari)
1971Johan Cruyff(Ajax)Sandro Mazzola(Internazionale)George Best(Manchester United)
1972Franz Beckenbauer(Bayern Munich)Gerd Muller(Bayern Munich)-
1973Johan Cruyff(Barcelona)Dino Zoff(Juventus)Gerd Muller(Bayern Munich)
1974Johan Cruyff(Barcelona)Franz Beckenbauer(Bayern Munich)Kazimierz(Legia Warsaw)
1975Oleg Blokhin(Dynamo Kyiv)Franz Beckenbauer(Bayern Munich)Johan Cruyff(Barcelona)
1976Franz Beckenbauer(Bayern Munich)Rob Rensenbrink(Anderlecht)Ivo Viktor(Dukla Prague)
1977Allan Simonsen(Borussia Monchengladbach)Kevin Keega(Hamburg)Michel Platini(Nancy)
1978Kevin Keegan(Hamburg)Hans Krankl(Barcelona)Rob Rensenbrink(Anderlecht)
1979Kevin Keegan(Hamburg)Karl Heinz(Bayern Munich)Ruud Krol(Ajax)
1980Karl Heinz(Bayern Munich)Bernd Schuster(Barcelona)Michel Platini(Saint Etienne)
1981Karl Heinz(Bayern Munich)Paul Breitner(Bayern Munich)Bernd Schuster(Barcelona)
1982Paolo Rossi(Juventus)Alain Giresse(Bordeaux)Zbigniew Boniek(Juventus)
1983Michel Platini(Juventus)Kenny Dalglish(Liverpool)Allan Simonsen(Vejle)
1984Michel Platini(Juventus)Jean Tigana(Bordeaux)Preben Elkjaer(Verona)
1985Michel Platini(Juventus)Preben Elkjaer(Verona)Berd Schuster(Barcelona)
1986Igor Belanov(Dynamo Kyiv)Gary Lineker(Barcelona)Emilio Butragueno(Real Madrid)
1987Ruud Gullit(Milan)Paulo Futre(Atletico Madrid)Emilio Butragueno(Real Madrid)
1988Marco Van Basten(Milan)Ruud Gullit(Milan)Frank Rijkaard(Milan)
1989Marco van basten(Milan)Franco Baresi(Milan)Frank Rijkaard(Milan)
1990Lothar Matthaus(Internazionale)Salvatore Schillaci(Juventus)Andreas Brehme(Internazionale)
1991Jean Pierre Papin(Marseille)Dejan Savicevic(Red star Belgrade)-
1992Marco van Basten(Milan)Hristo Stoichkv(Barcelona)Dennis Bergkamp(Ajax)
1993Roberto Baggio(Juventus)Dennis Berghamp(Internazionale)Eric Cantona(Manchester City)
1994Hristo Stoichkov(Barcelona)Roberto Baggio(Juventus)Paolo Maldini(Milan)
1995George Weah(Milan)Jurgen Klinsmann(Bayern Munich)Jari Litmanen(Ajax)
1996Matthias Sammer(Borussia Dortmund)Ronaldo(Barcelona)Alan Shearer(Newcastle United)
1997Ronaldo(Internazionale)Predrag Mijatovic(Real Madrid)Zinedine Zidane(Juventus)
1998Zinedane Zidane(Juventus)Davor Suker(Real Madrid)Ronaldo(Internazionale)
1999Rivaldo(Barcelona)David Beckham(Manchester United)Andryi Shevchenko(Milan)
2000(Luis Figo)(Real Madrid)Zinedine Zidane(Juventus)Andryi Shevchenko(Milan)
2001Michael Owen(Liverpool)Raul(Real Madrid)Oliver Kahn(Bayern Munich)
2002Ronaldo(Real madrid)Roberto Carlos(Real Madrid)Oliver Kahn(Bayern Munich)
2003Pavel Nedved(Juventus)Thierry Henry(Arsenal)Paolo Maldini(Milan)
2004Andriy Shevchenko(Milan)Deco(Barcelona)Ronaldinho(Barcelona)
2005Ronaldinho(Barcelona)Frank Lampard(Chelsea)Steven Gerrard(Liverpool)
2006Fabio Cannavaro(Juventus)Gianluigi Buffon(Juventus)Thierry Henry(Arsenal)
2007Ricardo Kaka(Milan)Cristiano Ronaldo(Manchester United)Lionel Messi(Barcelona)
2008Cristiano Ronaldo(Manchester United)Lionel Messi(Barcelona)Fernando Torres(Liverpool)
2009Lionel Messi(Barcelona)Cristiano Ronaldo(Real Madrid)Xavi Hernandez(Barcelona)
2010Lionel Messi(Barcelona)Andres Iniesta(Barcelona)Xavi Hernandez(Barcelona)
2011Lionel Messi(Barcelona)Cristiano Ronaldo(Real Madrid)Xavi Hernandez(Barcelona)
2012Lionel Messi(Barcelona)Cristiano Ronaldo(Real Madrid)Andres Iniesta(Barcelona)
2013 Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)
Lionel Messi (Barcelona)Franck Ribery (Bayern Munich)
2014Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich)Lionel Messi (Barcelona)

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