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

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 the “European Player Of the year award” and only the players from Europe were qualified for this award.

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But In 1995 the rules were adjusted and any player playing for a 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.

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

Ada Hegerberg won it in 2018 while Megan Rapinoe clinched it in 2019.

Just like the men’s, Ballon d’Or 2020 was not awarded due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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.

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

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Ballon d’Or Winners List

Year

Player

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

West Germany

Bayern Munich

1971

Johan Cruyff

Netherlands

Ajax

1972

Franz Beckenbauer

West Germany

Bayern Munich

1973

Johan Cruyff

Netherlands

Barcelona

1974

Johan Cruyff

Netherlands

Barcelona

1975

Oleg Blokhin

Soviet Union

Dynamo Kyiv

1976

Franz Beckenbauer

West Germany

Bayern Munich

1977

Allan Simonsen

Denmark

Borussia M”nchengladbach

1978

Kevin Keegan

England

Hamburg

1979

Kevin Keegan

England

Hamburg

1980

Karl-Heinz Rummenigge

West Germany

Bayern Munich

1981

Karl-Heinz Rummenigge

West 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

Milan

1988

Marco van Basten

Netherlands

Milan

1989

Marco van Basten

Netherlands

Milan

1990

Lothar Matthäus

Germany

Internazionale

1991

Jean-Pierre Papin

France

Marseille

1992

Marco van Basten

Netherlands

Milan

1993

Roberto Baggio

Italy

Juventus

1994

Hristo Stoichkov

Bulgaria

Barcelona

1995

George Weah

Liberia

Milan

1996

Matthias Sammer

Germany

Borussia Dortmund

1997

Ronaldo

Brazil

Internazionale

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

Ukrain

Milan

2005

Ronaldinho

Brazil

Barcelona

2006

Fabio Cannavaro

Italy

Real Madrid

2007

Kaká

Brazil

Milan

2008

Cristiano Ronaldo

Portugal

Manchester United

2009

Lionel Messi

Argentina

Barcelona

2010

Lionel Messi

Argentina

Barcelona

2011

Lionel Messi

Argentina

Barcelona

2012

Lionel Messi

Argentina

Barcelona

2013

Cristiano Ronaldo

Portugal

Real Madrid

2014

Cristiano Ronaldo

Portugal

Real Madrid

2015

Lionel Messi

Argentina

Barcelona

2016

Cristiano Ronaldo

Portugal

Real Madrid

2017

Cristiano Ronaldo

Portugal

Real Madrid

2018

Luka Modric

Croatia

Real Madrid

2019

Lionel Messi

Argentina

Barcelona

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That’s the Ballon d’Or winners list. Since 1956 till date, there have been about 64 of them. Time will increase that number for sure.

This article was most recently revised and updated 5 days ago

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