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FIFA World Cup Golden Ball Winners

Golden Ball Winners List of FIFA World Cup History

The FIFA World Cup Golden Ball is the award which is given to the best player of this competition. As the name suggests, the trophy is golden in appearance on which some changes have been made right from its start. The technical committee of FIFA makes shortlist of best players throughout the competition. Golden ball should not be confused with Golden boot as the golden shoe is presented to the top goal scorer of FIFA World Cup while this award is given to best player based on his performance. Check out the list of all Golden ball winners.

FIFA World Cup Golden Ball Winners

FIFA World Cup Golden Ball Winners Given below is the list of Golden Ball winners. Those who finish at second position receives Silver ball & third place winner presented by Bronze Ball. Jose Nasazzi was the first player to win Golden ball award in first ever world cup [1930]. The Uruguayan player won it in his own nation & was responsible for first World Cup victory of Uruguay in first ever World tournament.

FIFA World Cup Golden  Ball Silver Ball Bronze Ball
1930 Uruguay Jose Nasazzi Guillermo Stabile Jose Leandro Andrade
1934 Italy Giuseppe Meazza Matthias Sindelar Oldrich Nejedly
1938 France Leonidas Silvio Piola Gyorgy Sarosi
1950 Brazil Zizinho Juan Schiaffino Ademir
1954 Switzerland Ferenc Puskas Sandor Kocsis Fritz Walter
1958 Sweden Didi Pele Just Fontaine
1962 Chile Garrincha Josef Masopust Leonel Sanchez
1966 England Bobby Charlton Bobby Moore Eusebio
1970 Mexico Pele Gerson Gerd Muller
1974 West Germany Johan Cruyff Franz Beckenbauer Kazimierz Deyna
1978 Argentina Mario Kempes Paolo Rossi Dirceu
1982 Spain Paolo Rossi Falcao Karl-Heinz Rummenigge
1986 Mexico Diego Maradona Harald Schumacher Preden Elkjaer Larsen
1990 Italy Salvatore Schillaci Lothar Matthaus Diego Maradona
1994 United States Romario Roberto Baggio Hristo Stoichkov
1998 France Ronaldo Davor Suker Lilian Thuram
2002 Kore/Japan Oliver Kahn Ronaldo Hong Myung-Bo
2006 Germany Zinedine Zidane Fabio Cannavaro Andrea Pirlo
2010 South Africa Diego Forlan Wesley Sneijder David Villa
2014 Brazil Lionel Messi Thomas Muller Arjen Robben

Golden Ball Maximum Award Winners by Nation

The Brazilian footballers have won maximum Golden ball awards in the history of FIFA World Cup. From this nation, 7 players have won it [Leonidas, Zizinho, Didi, Garrincha, Pele, Romario, Ronaldo]. In last tournament [2010 South Africa], the Uruguayan player Diego Forlan was awarded with this award. From Spain, there is only one player who won Bronze award in last world cup.

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