Ballon d'Or Award Winners



1993 Roberto Baggio Ballon d'Or

Ballon d'Or winner, Roberto Baggio, 1993.

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The Ballon d'Or is football's most prestigious individual award. Translating as "Golden Ball", the Ballon d'Or is awarded annually by France Football magazine and dates back to 1956, when Blackpool's Stanley Matthews pipped Real Madrid's Alfredo Di Stéfano to the inaugural award.

The Ballon d'Or was originally only open to European footballers, and so it was also widely referred to in its early days by the English-speaking football media as the European Footballer of the Year award.

In the mid 1990s, France Football magazine changed the selection criteria for the Ballon d'Or so that any footballer who was playing for a European club could be nominated for the award. In 2007 they expanded the award completely so that any football player across the world could be a Ballon d'Or winner.

In 2010, FIFA decided to get in on the Ballon d'Or branding and an agreement was put in place to merge FIFA's World Player of the Year award with the Ballon d'Or, and they renamed it as the FIFA Ballon d'Or award. This partnership ran for six years until the two organisations decided to split the awards again, France Football reverting back to awarding the Ballon d'Or, whilst FIFA created yet another new name, the not-so-catchy "The Best FIFA Men's Player" award.

Lionel Messi is the most successful footballer in Ballon d'Or history, winning seven of the awards between his first, in 2009, and his most recent, in 2021. Messi has also been named as the Ballon d'Or runner-up five times, as himself and Cristiano Ronaldo forged an incredible duopoly on the award, with Luka Modric the only other player to claim the Ballon d'Or in the thirteen trophies that were awarded between 2008 and 2021.


Ballon d'Or Winners

Year Winner Nationality Club Points Runner-up Nationality Club Points Third Place Nationality Club Points Notes
2021 Lionel Messi Argentina Paris Saint-Germain 613 Robert Lewandowski Poland Bayern Munich 580 Jorginho Italy Chelsea 460
2020 No award COVID
2019 Lionel Messi Argentina Barcelona 686 Virgil van Dijk Netherlands Liverpool 679 Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal Juventus 476
2018 Luka Modric Croatia Real Madrid 753 Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal Juventus 476 Antoine Griezmann France Atlético Madrid 414
2017 Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal Real Madrid 946 Lionel Messi Argentina Barcelona 670 Neymar Brazil Paris Saint-Germain 361
2016 Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal Real Madrid 745 Lionel Messi Argentina Barcelona 316 Antoine Griezmann France Atlético Madrid 198
2015 Lionel Messi Argentina Barcelona 41% Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal Real Madrid 28% Neymar Brazil Barcelona 8%
2014 Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal Real Madrid 38% Lionel Messi Argentina Barcelona 16% Manuel Neuer Germany Bayern Munich 16%
2013 Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal Real Madrid 28% Lionel Messi Argentina Barcelona 25% Franck Ribéry France Bayern Munich 23%
2012 Lionel Messi Argentina Barcelona 42% Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal Real Madrid 24% Andrés Iniesta Spain Barcelona 11%
2011 Lionel Messi Argentina Barcelona 48% Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal Real Madrid 23% Xavi Spain Barcelona 9%
2010 Lionel Messi Argentina Barcelona 23% Andrés Iniesta Spain Barcelona 17% Xavi Spain Barcelona 16%
2009 Lionel Messi Argentina Barcelona 473 Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal Real Madrid 233 Xavi Spain Barcelona 170
2008 Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal Manchester United 446 Lionel Messi Argentina Barcelona 281 Fernando Torres Spain Liverpool 179
2007 Kaká Brazil Milan 444 Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal Manchester United 277 Lionel Messi Argentina Barcelona 255
2006 Fabio Cannavaro Italy Real Madrid 173 Gianluigi Buffon Italy Juventus 124 Thierry Henry France Arsenal 121
2005 Ronaldinho Brazil Barcelona 225 Frank Lampard England Chelsea 148 Steven Gerrard England Liverpool 142
2004 Andriy Shevchenko Ukraine Milan 175 Deco Portugal Barcelona 139 Ronaldinho Brazil Barcelona 133
2003 Pavel Nedved Czech Republic Juventus 190 Thierry Henry France Arsenal 128 Paolo Maldini Italy Milan 123
2002 Ronaldo Brazil Real Madrid 169 Roberto Carlos Brazil Real Madrid 145 Oliver Kahn Germany Bayern Munich 110
2001 Michael Owen England Liverpool 176 Raúl Spain Real Madrid 140 Oliver Kahn Germany Bayern Munich 114
2000 Luís Figo Portugal Real Madrid 197 Zinedine Zidane France Juventus 181 Andriy Shevchenko Ukraine Milan 85
1999 Rivaldo Brazil Barcelona 219 David Beckham England Manchester United 154 Andriy Shevchenko Ukraine Milan 64
1998 Zinedine Zidane France Juventus 244 Davor Šuker Croatia Real Madrid 68 Ronaldo Brazil Inter 66
1997 Ronaldo Brazil Inter 222 Predrag Mijatovic Yugoslavia Real Madrid 68 Zinedine Zidane France Juventus 63
1996 Matthias Sammer Germany Borussia Dortmund 144 Ronaldo Brazil Barcelona 143 Alan Shearer England Newcastle United 107
1995 George Weah Liberia Milan 144 Jürgen Klinsmann Germany Bayern Munich 108 Jari Litmanen Finland Ajax 67
1994 Hristo Stoichkov Bulgaria Barcelona 210 Roberto Baggio Italy Juventus 136 Paolo Maldini Italy Milan 109
1993 Roberto Baggio Italy Juventus 142 Dennis Bergkamp Netherlands Inter 83 Eric Cantona France Manchester United 34
1992 Marco van Basten Netherlands Milan 98 Hristo Stoichkov Bulgaria Barcelona 80 Dennis Bergkamp Netherlands Ajax 53
1991 Jean-Pierre Papin France Marseille 141 Dejan Savicevic Yugoslavia Red Star Belgrade 42 Joint 2nd
1991 Darko Pancev Yugoslavia Red Star Belgrade 42 Joint 2nd
1991 Lothar Matthäus Germany Inter 42 Joint 2nd
1990 Lothar Matthäus Germany Inter 137 Salvatore Schillaci Italy Juventus 84 Andreas Brehme Germany Inter 68
1989 Marco van Basten Netherlands Milan 129 Franco Baresi Italy Milan 80 Frank Rijkaard Netherlands Milan 43
1988 Marco van Basten Netherlands Milan 129 Ruud Gullit Netherlands Milan 88 Frank Rijkaard Netherlands Milan 45
1987 Ruud Gullit Netherlands Milan 106 Paulo Futre Portugal Atlético Madrid 91 Emilio Butragueño Spain Real Madrid 61
1986 Igor Belanov Soviet Union Dynamo Kyiv 84 Gary Lineker England Barcelona 62 Emilio Butragueño Spain Real Madrid 59
1985 Michel Platini France Juventus 127 Preben Elkjær Denmark Hellas Verona 71 Bernd Schuster West Germany Barcelona 46
1984 Michel Platini France Juventus 110 Jean Tigana France Bordeaux 57 Preben Elkjær Denmark Hellas Verona 48
1983 Michel Platini France Juventus 110 Kenny Dalglish Scotland Liverpool 26 Allan Simonsen Denmark Vejle BK 25
1982 Paolo Rossi Italy Juventus 115 Alain Giresse France Bordeaux 64 Zbigniew Boniek Poland Juventus 39
1981 Karl-Heinz Rummenigge West Germany Bayern Munich 106 Paul Breitner West Germany Bayern Munich 64 Bernd Schuster West Germany Barcelona 39
1980 Karl-Heinz Rummenigge West Germany Bayern Munich 122 Bernd Schuster West Germany Barcelona 34 Michel Platini France Saint-Étienne 33
1979 Kevin Keegan England Hamburger SV 118 Karl-Heinz Rummenigge West Germany Bayern Munich 52 Ruud Krol Netherlands Ajax 41
1978 Kevin Keegan England Hamburger SV 87 Hans Krankl Austria Barcelona 81 Rob Rensenbrink Netherlands Anderlecht 50
1977 Allan Simonsen Denmark Borussia Mönchengladbach 74 Kevin Keegan England Hamburger SV 71 Michel Platini France Nancy 70
1976 Franz Beckenbauer West Germany Bayern Munich 91 Rob Rensenbrink Netherlands Anderlecht 75 Ivo Viktor Czechoslovakia Dukla Prague 52
1975 Oleg Blokhin Soviet Union Dynamo Kyiv 122 Franz Beckenbauer West Germany Bayern Munich 42 Johan Cruyff Netherlands Barcelona 27
1974 Johan Cruyff Netherlands Barcelona 116 Franz Beckenbauer West Germany Bayern Munich 105 Kazimierz Deyna Poland Legia Warsaw 35
1973 Johan Cruyff Netherlands Barcelona 96 Dino Zoff Italy Juventus 47 Gerd Müller West Germany Bayern Munich 44
1972 Franz Beckenbauer West Germany Bayern Munich 81 Gerd Müller West Germany Bayern Munich 79 Günter Netzer West Germany Borussia Mönchengladbach 79
1971 Johan Cruyff Netherlands Ajax 116 Sandro Mazzola Italy Inter 57 George Best Northern Ireland Manchester United 56
1970 Gerd Müller West Germany Bayern Munich 77 Bobby Moore England West Ham United 70 Luigi Riva Italy Cagliari 65
1969 Gianni Rivera Italy Milan 83 Luigi Riva Italy Cagliari 79 Gerd Müller West Germany Bayern Munich 38
1968 George Best Northern Ireland Manchester United 61 Bobby Charlton England Manchester United 53 Dragan Džajic Yugoslavia Red Star Belgrade 46
1967 Flórián Albert Hungary Ferencváros 68 Bobby Charlton England Manchester United 40 Jimmy Johnstone Scotland Celtic 39
1966 Bobby Charlton England Manchester United 81 Eusébio Portugal Benfica 80 Franz Beckenbauer West Germany Bayern Munich 59
1965 Eusébio Portugal Benfica 67 Giacinto Facchetti Italy Inter 59 Luis Suárez Spain Inter 45
1964 Denis Law Scotland Manchester United 61 Luis Suárez Spain Inter 43 Amancio Spain Real Madrid 38
1963 Lev Yashin Soviet Union Dynamo Moscow 73 Gianni Rivera Italy Milan 55 Jimmy Greaves England Tottenham Hotspur 50
1962 Josef Masopust Czechoslovakia Dukla Prague 65 Eusébio Portugal Benfica 53 Karl-Heinz Schnellinger West Germany 1. FC Köln 33
1961 Omar Sívori Italy Juventus 46 Luis Suárez Spain Inter 40 Johnny Haynes England Fulham 22
1960 Luis Suárez Spain Barcelona 54 Ferenc Puskás Hungary Real Madrid 37 Uwe Seeler West Germany Hamburger SV 33
1959 Alfredo Di Stéfano Spain Real Madrid 80 Raymond Kopa France Stade de Reims 42 John Charles Wales Juventus 24
1958 Raymond Kopa France Real Madrid 71 Helmut Rahn West Germany Rot-Weiss Essen 40 Just Fontaine France Stade de Reims 23
1957 Alfredo Di Stéfano Spain Real Madrid 72 Billy Wright England Wolves 19 Duncan Edwards England Manchester United 16 Joint 3rd
1957 Raymond Kopa France Real Madrid 16 Joint 3rd
1956 Stanley Matthews England Blackpool 47 Alfredo Di Stéfano Spain Real Madrid 44 Raymond Kopa France Real Madrid 33