Ballon d’Or Winners List: From 1956 to Present Day

Last updated on September 20th, 2019 at 4:42 pm

Ballon d'Or Winners List

What will the Ballon d’Or Winners List look like? Obviously you are going to see Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo’s names repeatedly mentioned!

FIFA Ballon d’Or award is the most distinguished individual award in football and it is conferred on the best player in the world every year.

The Ballon d’Or award began back in 1956 and it was called “European Player Of the year award” and only the players from Europe were qualified for this award.

But In 1995 the rules were adjusted and any player playing for European club could win it.

And in 2010 the Ballon d’Or and the FIFA World Player of the Year were married, with the world’s best player awarded the FIFA Ballon d’Or, which any footballer from any part of the world can win it.

But in 2016, France Football stated that their partnership with FIFA had come to an end and that they would revive the Ballon d’Or award, the 2016 edition became the 61st award.

In 2018, the first women’s Ballon d’Or award was presented and was known as the Ballon d’Or Féminin.

Ronaldo and Messi have each won the Ballon d’Or award a record five times, with four players each having claimed it on three occasions: Johan Cruyff, Michel Platini and Marco van Basten.

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Now let’s take a look at the all past winners of Ballon d’Or, or is it FIFA Ballon d’Or award?

Ballon d’Or Winners List

YEAR WINNER NATIONALITY CLUB
1956 Stanley Matthews England Blackpool
1957 Alfredo Di Stéfano Spain Real Madrid
1958 Raymond Kopa France Real Madrid
1959 Alfredo Di Stéfano Spain Real Madrid
1960 Luis Suárez Spain Barcelona
1961 Omar Sívori Italy Juventus
1962 Josef Masopust Czechoslovakia Dukla Prague
1963 Lev Yashin Soviet Union Dynamo Moscow
1964 Denis Law Scotland Manchester United
1965 Eusébio Portugal Benfica
1966 Bobby Charlton England Manchester United
1967 Flórián Albert Hungary Ferencv rosi TC
1968 George Best Northern Ireland Manchester United
1969 Gianni Rivera Italy Milan
1970 Gerd Müller Germany Bayern Munich
1971 Johan Cruyff Netherlands Barcelona
1972 Franz Beckenbauer Germany Bayern Munich
1973 Johan Cruyff Netherlands Barcelona
1974 Johan Cruyff Netherlands Barcelona
1975 Oleg Blokhin Soviet Union Dynamo Kyiv
1976 Franz Beckenbauer Germany Bayern Munich
1977 Allan Simonsen Denmark Borussia M”nchengladbach
1978 Kevin Keegan England Hamburg
1979 Kevin Keegan England Hamburg
1980 Karl-Heinz Rummenigge Germany Bayern Munich
1981 Karl-Heinz Rummenigge Germany Bayern Munich
1982 Paolo Rossi Italy Juventus
1983 Michel Platini France Juventus
1984 Michel Platini France Juventus
1985 Michel Platini France Juventus
1986 Igor Belanov Soviet Union Dynamo Kyiv
1987 Ruud Gullit Netherlands AC Milan
1988 Marco van Basten Netherlands AC Milan
1989 Marco van Basten Netherlands AC Milan
1990 Lothar Matthäus Germany Inter Milan
1991 Jean-Pierre Papin France Marseille
1992 Marco van Basten Netherlands AC Milan
1993 Roberto Baggio Italy Juventus
1994 Hristo Stoichkov Bulgaria Barcelona
1995 George Weah Liberia AC Milan
1996 Matthias Sammer Germany Borussia Dortmund
1997 Ronaldo Brazil Inter Milan
1998 Zinedine Zidane France Juventus
1999 Rivaldo Brazil Barcelona
2000 Luís Figo Portugal Real Madrid
2001 Michael Owen England Liverpool
2002 Ronaldo Brazil Real Madrid
2003 Pavel Nedvěd Czech Republic Juventus
2004 Andriy Shevchenko Ukraine AC Milan
2005 Ronaldinho Brazil Barcelona
2006 Fabio Cannavaro Italy Real Madrid/Juventus
2007 Kaká Brazil AC Milan
2008 Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal Manchester United
2009 Lionel Messi Argentina FC Barcelona
2010 Lionel Messi Argentina FC Barcelona
2011 Lionel Messi Argentina FC Barcelona
2012 Lionel Messi Argentina FC Barcelona
2013 Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal Real Madrid
2014 Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal Real Madrid
2015 Lionel Messi Argentina FC Barcelona
2016 Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal Real Madrid
2017 Cristiano Ronald Portugal Real Madrid
2018 Luka Modric (Current Holder) Croatia Real Madrid

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