Ballon d’Or winners (1958-2020) - Seif Khaled

Ballon d’Or Winners [Full List] UPDATED

The Ballon d’Or is a prestigious annual football award that is presented by the French weekly magazine France Football. It has been in existence since 1956 and is one of the oldest and most highly regarded individual awards granted to football players.

Between 2010 and 2015, FIFA reached an agreement with France Football, and the Ballon d’Or was temporarily combined with the FIFA World Player of the Year (established in 1991) and renamed the FIFA Ballon d’Or. However, the partnership ended in 2016, and the trophy was renamed the Ballon d’Or, while FIFA instituted its own independent annual award, The Best FIFA Men’s Player. Both award organizations recognize the joint FIFA Ballon d’Or winners as winners of their respective awards.

From 1956 to 2006, the Ballon d’Or award was initiated by sports writer Gabriel Hanot to recognize the male player who had performed the best during the preceding year, as determined by a vote of football journalists. Coaches and captains of national teams were granted voting privileges beginning in 2007. The award was initially created for European players only and was known as the European Footballer of the Year award. It was extended in 1995 to include players of any nationality who had played for European clubs. In 2007, the award was opened up to players from all over the world who play professionally.

Ballon d’Or winners by player

  • 1956: Stanley Matthews (Blackpool)
  • 1957: Alfredo Di Stefano (Real Madrid)
  • 1958: Raymond Kopa (Real Madrid)
  • 1959: Alfredo Di Stefano (Real Madrid)
  • 1960: Luis Suarez (Barcelona)
  • 1961: Omar Sivori (Juventus)
  • 1962: Josef Masopust (Dukla Prague)
  • 1963: Lev Yashin (Dynamo Moscow)
  • 1964: Denis Law (Manchester United)
  • 1965: Eusebio (Benfica)
  • 1966: Bobby Charlton (Manchester United)
  • 1967: Florian Albert (Ferencvaros)
  • 1968: George Best (Manchester United)
  • 1969: Gianni Rivera (AC Milan)
  • 1970: Gerd Muller (Bayern Munich)
  • 1971: Johan Cruyff (Ajax)
  • 1972: Franz Beckenbauer (Bayern Munich)
  • 1973: Johan Cruyff (Barcelona)
  • 1974: Johan Cruyff (Barcelona)
  • 1975: Oleg Blokhin (Dynamo Kyiv)
  • 1976: Franz Beckenbauer (Bayern Munich)
  • 1977: Allan Simonsen (Borussia Monchengladbach)
  • 1978: Kevin Keegan (Hamburg)
  • 1979: Kevin Keegan (Hamburg)
  • 1980: Karl-Heinz Rummenigge (Bayern Munich)
  • 1981: Karl-Heinz Rummenigge (Bayern Munich)
  • 1982: Paolo Rossi (Juventus)
  • 1983: Michel Platini (Juventus)
  • 1984: Michel Platini (Juventus)
  • 1985: Michel Platini (Juventus)
  • 1986: Igor Belanov (Dynamo Kyiv)
  • 1987: Ruud Gullit (AC Milan)
  • 1988: Marco van Basten (AC Milan)
  • 1989: Marco van Basten (AC Milan)
  • 1990: Lothar Matthaus (Internazionale)
  • 1991: Jean-Pierre Papin (Marseille)
  • 1992: Marco van Basten (AC Milan)
  • 1993: Roberto Baggio (Juventus)
  • 1994: Hristo Stoichkov (Barcelona)
  • 1995: George Weah (AC Milan)
  • 1996: Matthias Sammer (Borussia Dortmund)
  • 1997: Ronaldo (Internazionale)
  • 1998: Zinedine Zidane (Juventus)
  • 1999: Rivaldo (Barcelona)
  • 2000: Luis Figo (Real Madrid)
  • 2001: Michael Owen (Liverpool)
  • 2002: Ronaldo (Real Madrid)
  • 2003: Pavel Nedved (Juventus)
  • 2004: Andriy Shevchenko (AC Milan)
  • 2005: Ronaldinho (Barcelona)
  • 2006: Fabio Cannavaro (Real Madrid)
  • 2007: Kaka (Milan)
  • 2008: Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United)
  • 2009: Lionel Messi (Barcelona)
  • 2010: Lionel Messi (Barcelona)
  • 2011: Lionel Messi (Barcelona)
  • 2012: Lionel Messi (Barcelona)
  • 2013: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)
  • 2014: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)
  • 2015: Lionel Messi (Barcelona)
  • 2016: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)
  • 2017: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)
  • 2018: Luka Modric (Real Madrid)
  • 2019: Lionel Messi (Barcelona)
  • 2020: Cancelled because of Covid-19
  • 2021: Lionel Messi (Paris Saint-Germain)
  • 2022: Karim Benzema (Real Madrid)
Ballon d’Or (1956–2009)
19561stEngland Stanley MatthewsEngland Blackpool47
2ndSpain Alfredo Di StéfanoSpain Real Madrid44
3rdFrance Raymond KopaSpain Real Madrid33
19571stSpain Alfredo Di StéfanoSpain Real Madrid72
2ndEngland Billy WrightEngland Wolverhampton Wanderers19
3rdEngland Duncan EdwardsEngland Manchester United16
France Raymond KopaSpain Real Madrid
19581stFrance Raymond KopaSpain Real Madrid71
2ndWest Germany Helmut RahnWest Germany Rot-Weiss Essen40
3rdFrance Just FontaineFrance Reims23
19591stSpain Alfredo Di StéfanoSpain Real Madrid80
2ndFrance Raymond KopaFrance Reims42
3rdWales John CharlesItaly Juventus24
19601stSpain Luis SuárezSpain Barcelona54
2ndHungary Ferenc PuskásSpain Real Madrid37
3rdWest Germany Uwe SeelerWest Germany Hamburger SV33
19611stItaly Omar SívoriItaly Juventus46
2ndSpain Luis SuárezItaly Internazionale40
3rdEngland Johnny HaynesEngland Fulham22
19621stCzechoslovakia Josef MasopustCzechoslovakia Dukla Prague65
2ndPortugal EusébioPortugal Benfica53
3rdWest Germany Karl-Heinz SchnellingerWest Germany 1. FC Köln33
19631stSoviet Union Lev YashinSoviet Union Dynamo Moscow73
2ndItaly Gianni RiveraItaly Milan55
3rdEngland Jimmy GreavesEngland Tottenham Hotspur50
19641stScotland Denis LawEngland Manchester United61
2ndSpain Luis SuárezItaly Internazionale43
3rdSpain AmancioSpain Real Madrid38
19651stPortugal EusébioPortugal Benfica67
2ndItaly Giacinto FacchettiItaly Internazionale59
3rdSpain Luis SuárezItaly Internazionale45
19661stEngland Bobby CharltonEngland Manchester United81
2ndPortugal EusébioPortugal Benfica80
3rdWest Germany Franz BeckenbauerWest Germany Bayern Munich59
19671stHungary Flórián AlbertHungary Ferencváros68
2ndEngland Bobby CharltonEngland Manchester United40
3rdScotland Jimmy JohnstoneScotland Celtic39
19681stNorthern Ireland George BestEngland Manchester United61
2ndEngland Bobby CharltonEngland Manchester United53
3rdSocialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Dragan DžajićSocialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Red Star Belgrade46
19691stItaly Gianni RiveraItaly Milan83
2ndItaly Gigi RivaItaly Cagliari79
3rdWest Germany Gerd MüllerWest Germany Bayern Munich38
19701stWest Germany Gerd MüllerWest Germany Bayern Munich77
2ndEngland Bobby MooreEngland West Ham United70
3rdItaly Gigi RivaItaly Cagliari65
19711stNetherlands Johan CruyffNetherlands Ajax116
2ndItaly Sandro MazzolaItaly Internazionale57
3rdNorthern Ireland George BestEngland Manchester United56
19721stWest Germany Franz BeckenbauerWest Germany Bayern Munich81
2ndWest Germany Gerd MüllerWest Germany Bayern Munich79
West Germany Günter NetzerWest Germany Borussia Mönchengladbach
19731stNetherlands Johan CruyffSpain Barcelona96
2ndItaly Dino ZoffItaly Juventus47
3rdWest Germany Gerd MüllerWest Germany Bayern Munich44
19741stNetherlands Johan CruyffSpain Barcelona116
2ndWest Germany Franz BeckenbauerWest Germany Bayern Munich105
3rdPoland Kazimierz DeynaPoland Legia Warsaw35
19751stSoviet Union Oleg BlokhinSoviet Union Dynamo Kyiv122
2ndWest Germany Franz BeckenbauerWest Germany Bayern Munich42
3rdNetherlands Johan CruyffSpain Barcelona27
19761stWest Germany Franz BeckenbauerWest Germany Bayern Munich91
2ndNetherlands Rob RensenbrinkBelgium Anderlecht75
3rdCzechoslovakia Ivo ViktorCzechoslovakia Dukla Prague52
19771stDenmark Allan SimonsenWest Germany Borussia Mönchengladbach74
2ndEngland Kevin KeeganWest Germany Hamburger SV71
3rdFrance Michel PlatiniFrance Nancy70
19781stEngland Kevin KeeganWest Germany Hamburger SV87
2ndAustria Hans KranklSpain Barcelona81
3rdNetherlands Rob RensenbrinkBelgium Anderlecht50
19791stEngland Kevin KeeganWest Germany Hamburger SV118
2ndWest Germany Karl-Heinz RummeniggeWest Germany Bayern Munich52
3rdNetherlands Ruud KrolNetherlands Ajax41
19801stWest Germany Karl-Heinz RummeniggeWest Germany Bayern Munich122
2ndWest Germany Bernd SchusterSpain Barcelona34
3rdFrance Michel PlatiniFrance Saint-Étienne33
19811stWest Germany Karl-Heinz RummeniggeWest Germany Bayern Munich106
2ndWest Germany Paul BreitnerWest Germany Bayern Munich64
3rdWest Germany Bernd SchusterSpain Barcelona39
19821stItaly Paolo RossiItaly Juventus115
2ndFrance Alain GiresseFrance Girondins de Bordeaux64
3rdPoland Zbigniew BoniekItaly Juventus39
19831stFrance Michel PlatiniItaly Juventus110
2ndScotland Kenny DalglishEngland Liverpool26
3rdDenmark Allan SimonsenDenmark Vejle BK25
19841stFrance Michel PlatiniItaly Juventus110
2ndFrance Jean TiganaFrance Girondins de Bordeaux57
3rdDenmark Preben ElkjærItaly Hellas Verona48
19851stFrance Michel PlatiniItaly Juventus127
2ndDenmark Preben ElkjærItaly Hellas Verona71
3rdWest Germany Bernd SchusterSpain Barcelona46
19861stSoviet Union Igor BelanovSoviet Union Dynamo Kyiv84
2ndEngland Gary LinekerSpain Barcelona62
3rdSpain Emilio ButragueñoSpain Real Madrid59
19871stNetherlands Ruud GullitItaly Milan106
2ndPortugal Paulo FutreSpain Atlético Madrid91
3rdSpain Emilio ButragueñoSpain Real Madrid61
19881stNetherlands Marco van BastenItaly Milan129
2ndNetherlands Ruud GullitItaly Milan88
3rdNetherlands Frank RijkaardItaly Milan45
19891stNetherlands Marco van BastenItaly Milan129
2ndItaly Franco BaresiItaly Milan80
3rdNetherlands Frank RijkaardItaly Milan43
19901stGermany Lothar MatthäusItaly Internazionale137
2ndItaly Salvatore SchillaciItaly Juventus84
3rdGermany Andreas BrehmeItaly Internazionale68
19911stFrance Jean-Pierre PapinFrance Marseille141
2ndSocialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Dejan SavićevićSocialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Red Star Belgrade42
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Darko PančevSocialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Red Star Belgrade
Germany Lothar MatthäusItaly Internazionale
19921stNetherlands Marco van BastenItaly Milan98
2ndBulgaria Hristo StoichkovSpain Barcelona80
3rdNetherlands Dennis BergkampNetherlands Ajax53
19931stItaly Roberto BaggioItaly Juventus142
2ndNetherlands Dennis BergkampItaly Internazionale83
3rdFrance Eric CantonaEngland Manchester United34
19941stBulgaria Hristo StoichkovSpain Barcelona210
2ndItaly Roberto BaggioItaly Juventus136
3rdItaly Paolo MaldiniItaly Milan109
19951stLiberia George WeahItaly Milan144
2ndGermany Jürgen KlinsmannGermany Bayern Munich108
3rdFinland Jari LitmanenNetherlands Ajax67
19961stGermany Matthias SammerGermany Borussia Dortmund144
2ndBrazil RonaldoSpain Barcelona143
3rdEngland Alan ShearerEngland Newcastle United107
19971stBrazil RonaldoItaly Internazionale222
2ndFederal Republic of Yugoslavia Predrag MijatovićSpain Real Madrid68
3rdFrance Zinedine ZidaneItaly Juventus63
19981stFrance Zinedine ZidaneItaly Juventus244
2ndCroatia Davor ŠukerSpain Real Madrid68
3rdBrazil RonaldoItaly Internazionale66
19991stBrazil RivaldoSpain Barcelona219
2ndEngland David BeckhamEngland Manchester United154
3rdUkraine Andriy ShevchenkoItaly Milan64
20001stPortugal Luís FigoSpain Real Madrid197
2ndFrance Zinedine ZidaneItaly Juventus181
3rdUkraine Andriy ShevchenkoItaly Milan85
20011stEngland Michael OwenEngland Liverpool176
2ndSpain RaúlSpain Real Madrid140
3rdGermany Oliver KahnGermany Bayern Munich114
20021stBrazil RonaldoSpain Real Madrid169
2ndBrazil Roberto CarlosSpain Real Madrid145
3rdGermany Oliver KahnGermany Bayern Munich110
20031stCzech Republic Pavel NedvědItaly Juventus190
2ndFrance Thierry HenryEngland Arsenal128
3rdItaly Paolo MaldiniItaly Milan123
20041stUkraine Andriy ShevchenkoItaly Milan175
2ndPortugal DecoSpain Barcelona139
3rdBrazil RonaldinhoSpain Barcelona133
20051stBrazil RonaldinhoSpain Barcelona225
2ndEngland Frank LampardEngland Chelsea148
3rdEngland Steven GerrardEngland Liverpool142
20061stItaly Fabio CannavaroSpain Real Madrid173
2ndItaly Gianluigi BuffonItaly Juventus124
3rdFrance Thierry HenryEngland Arsenal121
20071stBrazil KakáItaly Milan444
2ndPortugal Cristiano RonaldoEngland Manchester United277
3rdArgentina Lionel MessiSpain Barcelona255
20081stPortugal Cristiano RonaldoEngland Manchester United446
2ndArgentina Lionel MessiSpain Barcelona281
3rdSpain Fernando TorresEngland Liverpool179
20091stArgentina Lionel MessiSpain Barcelona473
2ndPortugal Cristiano RonaldoSpain Real Madrid233
3rdSpain XaviSpain Barcelona170
FIFA Ballon d’Or (2010–2015)
20101stArgentina Lionel MessiSpain Barcelona22.65%
2ndSpain Andrés IniestaSpain Barcelona17.36%
3rdSpain XaviSpain Barcelona16.48%
20111stArgentina Lionel MessiSpain Barcelona47.88%
2ndPortugal Cristiano RonaldoSpain Real Madrid21.60%
3rdSpain XaviSpain Barcelona9.23%
20121stArgentina Lionel MessiSpain Barcelona41.60%
2ndPortugal Cristiano RonaldoSpain Real Madrid23.68%
3rdSpain Andrés IniestaSpain Barcelona10.91%
20131stPortugal Cristiano RonaldoSpain Real Madrid27.99%
2ndArgentina Lionel MessiSpain Barcelona24.72%
3rdFrance Franck RibéryGermany Bayern Munich23.36%
20141stPortugal Cristiano RonaldoSpain Real Madrid37.66%
2ndArgentina Lionel MessiSpain Barcelona15.76%
3rdGermany Manuel NeuerGermany Bayern Munich15.72%
20151stArgentina Lionel MessiSpain Barcelona41.33%
2ndPortugal Cristiano RonaldoSpain Real Madrid27.76%
3rdBrazil NeymarSpain Barcelona7.86%
Ballon d’Or (2016–present)
20161stPortugal Cristiano RonaldoSpain Real Madrid745
2ndArgentina Lionel MessiSpain Barcelona316
3rdFrance Antoine GriezmannSpain Atlético Madrid198
20171stPortugal Cristiano RonaldoSpain Real Madrid946
2ndArgentina Lionel MessiSpain Barcelona670
3rdBrazil NeymarFrance Paris Saint-Germain361
20181stCroatia Luka ModrićSpain Real Madrid753
2ndPortugal Cristiano RonaldoItaly Juventus476
3rdFrance Antoine GriezmannSpain Atlético Madrid414
20191stArgentina Lionel MessiSpain Barcelona686
2ndNetherlands Virgil van DijkEngland Liverpool679
3rdPortugal Cristiano RonaldoItaly Juventus476
2020Not awarded due to the COVID-19 pandemic
20211stArgentina Lionel MessiFrance Paris Saint-Germain613
2ndPoland Robert LewandowskiGermany Bayern Munich580
3rdItaly JorginhoEngland Chelsea460
20221stFrance Karim BenzemaSpain Real Madrid549
2ndSenegal Sadio ManéEngland Liverpool193
3rdBelgium Kevin De BruyneEngland Manchester City175

Ballon d’Or winners by country

 Soviet Union33
 Czech Republic11
 Northern Ireland11

Ballon d’Or winners by Clubs

Spain Barcelona612
Spain Real Madrid711
Italy Juventus68
Italy Milan68
Germany Bayern Munich35
England Manchester United44
Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv22
Italy Internazionale22
Germany Hamburger SV12
Netherlands Ajax11
Portugal Benfica11
England Blackpool11
Germany Borussia Dortmund11
Germany Borussia Mönchengladbach11
Czech Republic Dukla Prague11
Russia Dynamo Moscow11
Hungary Ferencváros11
England Liverpool11
France Marseille11
France Paris Saint-Germain11

Additional awards

In 1989, Alfredo Di Stéfano was granted an honorary award called the Super Ballon d’Or, as he had garnered more votes than Johan Cruyff and Michel Platini in France Football’s poll. A decade later, France Football named Pelé the Football Player of the Century after consulting with their previous Ballon d’Or awardees; of the 34 former winners, 30 participated in the voting process, with Stanley Matthews, Omar Sívori, and George Best abstaining, and Lev Yashin having passed away. Each voter was allowed five votes, valued at up to five points each. Notably, Di Stéfano only selected a first-place recipient, Platini a first and second place, and George Weah chose two players for fifth place. Out of the 30 voters, 17 declared Pelé as the greatest player, netting him nearly twice the number of points earned by the runner-up, Diego Maradona.

In 2016, to coincide with the 60th anniversary of the Ballon d’Or, France Football reevaluated the awards granted before 1995, when solely European players were eligible for the accolade. Retrospectively, 12 out of the 39 Ballons d’Or awarded during this period would have gone to South American players, with Pelé, Diego Maradona, Garrincha, Mario Kempes, and Romário being acknowledged as deserving of the honor. However, the original recipients were not altered.

Maradona and Pelé were each bestowed honorary Ballons d’Or in 1995 and 2013, respectively, for their contributions to football.

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