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List Of Ballon d’Or Winners Since 1956 To 2018

List Of Ballon d’Or Winners Since 1956 To 2018

List Of Ballon d’Or Winners Since 1956 To 2018. FIFA Ballon d’Or award is the highest level of individual award in football and it is awarded to the best player in the world every year. The history of the current Ballon d’Or award is a bit complex so let’s explain it briefly. Ballon d’Or award started back in 1956 and it was known as “European Player Of the year award” and only the players from Europe were eligible for this award. But In 1995 the rules were changed and any player playing for European club could win it. But in 2009 it was merged with “FIFA’s player of the year award” and became FIFA Ballon d’Or which any footballer from any part of the world can win it.

Update: Cristiano Ronaldo has won the 2017 Ballon d’Or. Ahead and now joins Lionel Messi with most Ballon d’Or titles with 5 each.

Now let’s take a look at the all past winners of Ballon d’Or (now FIFA Ballon d’Or) award. From 1956 only European players were eligible but in 1995 any nationality player playing for a European club was eligible.

Past Winners of Ballon d’Or Award
YEAR WINNER NATIONALITY CLUB
2017 Cristiano Ronaldo (New) Portugal Real Madrid
2016 Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal Real Madrid
2015 Lionel Messi Argentina FC Barcelona
2014 Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal Real Madrid
2013 Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal Real Madrid
2012 Lionel Messi Argentina FC Barcelona
2011 Lionel Messi Argentina FC Barcelona
2010 Lionel Messi Argentina FC Barcelona
2009 Lionel Messi Argentina FC Barcelona
2008 Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal Manchester United
2007 Kaká Brazil AC Milan
2006 Fabio Cannavaro Italy Real Madrid/Juventus
2005 Ronaldinho Brazil Barcelona
2004 Andriy Shevchenko Ukraine AC Milan
2003 Pavel Nedvěd Czech Republic Juventus
2002 Ronaldo Brazil Real Madrid
2001 Michael Owen England Liverpool
2000 Luís Figo Portugal Real Madrid
1999 Rivaldo Brazil Barcelona
1998 Zinedine Zidane France Juventus
1997 Ronaldo Brazil Inter Milan
1996 Matthias Sammer Germany Borussia Dortmund
1995 George Weah Liberia AC Milan
1994 Hristo Stoichkov Bulgaria Barcelona
1993 Roberto Baggio Italy Juventus
1992 Marco van Basten Netherlands AC Milan
1991 Jean-Pierre Papin France Marseille
1990 Lothar Matthäus Germany Inter Milan
1989 Marco van Basten Netherlands AC Milan
1988 Marco van Basten Netherlands AC Milan
1987 Ruud Gullit Netherlands AC Milan
1986 Igor Belanov Soviet Union Dynamo Kyiv
1985 Michel Platini France Juventus
1984 Michel Platini France Juventus
1983 Michel Platini France Juventus
1982 Paolo Rossi Italy Juventus
1981 Karl-Heinz Rummenigge Germany Bayern Munich
1980 Karl-Heinz Rummenigge Germany Bayern Munich
1979 Kevin Keegan England Hamburg
1978 Kevin Keegan England Hamburg
1977 Allan Simonsen Denmark
Borussia Mönchengladbach
1976 Franz Beckenbauer Germany Bayern Munich
1975 Oleg Blokhin Soviet Union Dynamo Kyiv
1974 Johan Cruyff Netherlands Barcelona
1973 Johan Cruyff Netherlands Barcelona
1972 Franz Beckenbauer Germany Bayern Munich
1971 Johan Cruyff Netherlands Barcelona
1970 Gerd Müller Germany Bayern Munich
1969 Gianni Rivera Italy Milan
1968 George Best Northern Ireland Manchester United
1967 Flórián Albert Hungary
Ferencvárosi TC
1966 Bobby Charlton England Manchester United
1965 Eusébio Portugal Benfica
1964 Denis Law Scotland Manchester United
1963 Lev Yashin Soviet Union Dynamo Moscow
1962 Josef Masopust Czechoslovakia Dukla Prague
1961 Omar Sívori Italy Juventus
1960 Luis Suárez Spain Barcelona
1959 Alfredo Di Stéfano Spain Real Madrid
1958 Raymond Kopa France Real Madrid
1957 Alfredo Di Stéfano Spain Real Madrid
1956 Stanley Matthews England Blackpool

Jury & Selection Process: Since 2009 when both Ballon d’Or and FIFA Player of the year award were merged the selection process also disclosed to the public. All national team captains and Coaches plus 1 specialist journalists from every country can vote for the nominees. The get a draft where they have to pick three players in descending order and when the drafts are returned. FIFA calculate points to account for following criteria.

1 position pick is awarded 5 points, the second pick is 3 and third pick gets 1 point. So around 500 voters (170 national team captain, 170 national coaches, and around 170 journalists). Choices are counted and the player with most points get the Ballon Dor award.

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