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Ballon d’Or: Winners By Year [Complete List Updated 2024]

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The Ballon D’or award is the most prestigious accolade in the world across all sports. It is given to the best player of the year, and every player dreams of winning it one day.

However, only a few players get the chance to win it each year. Here is a breakdown of all the Ballon d’Or winners, from the first award in 1956 to the most recent one.

Before going through each year’s winner, here are the players with the most Ballon d’Or awards:

Winner/Player NameNumber Of Awards
Lionel Messi7
Cristiano Ronaldo5
Johan Cruyff6
Michael Platini3
Marco Van Basten3
Alfredo Di Stefano3
Franz Beckenbauer2
Kevin Keegan2
Karl-Heinz Rummenigge2
Ronaldo (R9)2
Table n.1: Who has the most Ballon d’Or Awards

Here’s a list of all the Ballon d’Or winners, starting with the very first one in 1956. This award is given to the best player in the world, as voted by soccer journalists. So far, only 29 different players have won it:

Year Player’s Name Nationality Football Club
2022 Karim Benzemais France Real Madrid
2021 Lionel Messi Argentina Paris Saint-Germain F.C.
2020 not awarded
2019 Lionel Messi Argentina Barcelona
2018 Luka Modric Croatia Real Madrid
2017 Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal Real Madrid
2016 Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal Real Madrid
2015 Lionel Messi Argentina Barcelona
2014 Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal Real Madrid
2013 Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal Real Madrid
2012 Lionel Messi Argentina Barcelona
2011 Lionel Messi Argentina Barcelona
2010 Lionel Messi Argentina Barcelona
2009 Lionel Messi Argentina Barcelona
2008 Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal Manchester United
2007 Kaká  Brazil Milan
2006 Fabio Cannavaro Italy Real Madrid
2005 Ronaldinho Brazil Barcelona
2004 Andriy Shevchenko Ukrain Milan
2003 Pavel Nedvěd Czechia 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 Internazionale
1996 Matthias Sammer Germany Borussia Dortmund
1995 George Weah Liberia Milan
1994 Hristo Stoichkov Bulgaria Barcelona
1993 Roberto Baggio Italy Juventus
1992 Marco van Basten Netherlands Milan
1991 Jean-Pierre Papin France Marseille
1990 Lothar Matthäus Germany Internazionale
1989 Marco van Basten Netherlands Milan
1988 Marco van Basten Netherlands Milan
1987 Ruud Gullit Netherlands 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 West Germany Bayern Munich
1980 Karl-Heinz Rummenigge West Germany Bayern Munich
1979 Kevin Keegan England Hamburg
1978 Kevin Keegan England Hamburg
1977 Allan Simonsen Denmark Borussia M”nchengladbach
1976 Franz Beckenbauer West Germany Bayern Munich
1975 Oleg Blokhin Soviet Union Dynamo Kyiv
1974 Johan Cruyff Netherlands Barcelona
1973 Johan Cruyff Netherlands Barcelona
1972 Franz Beckenbauer West Germany Bayern Munich
1971 Johan Cruyff Netherlands Ajax
1970 Gerd Müller West Germany Bayern Munich
1969 Gianni Rivera Italy Milan
1968 George Best Northern Ireland Manchester United
1967 Flórián Albert Hungary Ferencv rosi 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

Video from most recent Ballon d’Or awards:

Frequently Asked Questions

Who has the most Ballon d’Or?

Lionel Messi currently holds the record for the most Ballon d’Or awards, with seven total. The Argentinian superstar has been a dominant force in world soccer for over a decade and shows no signs of slowing down any time soon. Cristiano Ronaldo is second on the list with five Ballon d’Or awards. The Portuguese star has also had an incredible career, and he, too, shows no signs of slowing down any time soon. Neymar, Andres Iniesta, and Xavi have all won the award three times each.

Who is nominated for the 2022 Ballon d Or?

Currently, there is no definitive answer as to who will be nominated for the 2022 Ballon d’Or. However, some of the leading contenders include Kylian Mbappe, Neymar, and Cristiano Ronaldo. All three players have had phenomenal careers thus far and show no signs of slowing down any time soon. Only time will tell who ultimately takes home the prestigious award in 2022.

Who is the winner of Ballon d Or 2022?

Again, there is no definitive answer as to who the winner of the 2022 Ballon d’Or will be. However, some of the leading contenders include Kylian Mbappe, Neymar, and Cristiano Ronaldo. All three players have had phenomenal careers thus far and show no signs of slowing down any time soon. Only time will tell who ultimately takes home the prestigious award in 2022.

Who has won the most Ballon d Or?

Lionel Messi currently holds the record for the most Ballon d’Or awards, with six total. The Argentinian superstar has been a dominant force in world soccer for over a decade and shows no signs of slowing down any time soon. Cristiano Ronaldo is second on the list with five Ballon d’Or awards. The Portuguese star has also had an incredible career, and he, too, shows no signs of slowing down any time soon. Neymar, Andres Iniesta, and Xavi have all won the award three times each.

Who are the top 3 Ballon d’Or 2022?

The top three contenders for the 2022 Ballon d’Or are currently Kylian Mbappe, Neymar, and Cristiano Ronaldo. All three players have had phenomenal careers thus far and show no signs of slowing down any time soon. Only time will tell who ultimately takes home the prestigious award in 2022.

How many ballon d’Or does Messi have?

Lionel Messi currently holds the record for the most Ballon d’Or awards, with seven total. The Argentinian superstar has been a dominant force in world soccer for over a decade and shows no signs of slowing down any time soon.

Conclusion

It’s fitting that two players who have profoundly impacted their respective clubs and national teams should share the Ballon d’Or award for 2019. Lionel Messi and Virgil van Dijk are truly deserving winners, and it will be exciting to see what they do in 2023 and beyond. Thanks for reading!

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