The Ballon d'Or (French pronunciation: ​[balɔ̃ dɔʁ], "Gowden Baw") an eften referred tae as the European Futbawer o the Year awaird, wis an annual association fitbaw awaird. It wis presentit tae the player who haed been votit tae hae performed the best ower the previous saison. The awaird wis conceived bi France Football's chief magazine writer Gabriel Hanot, who asked his colleagues tae vote for the player o the year in Europe in 1956. The inaugural winner was Stanley Matthews o Blackpool.[1]

WinnersEedit

Year Rank Player Team Points
1956 1st   Stanley Matthews   Blackpool 47
2nt   Alfredo Di Stéfano   Real Madrid 44
3rd   Raymond Kopa   Real Madrid 33
1957 1st   Alfredo Di Stéfano[note 1]   Real Madrid 72
2nt   Billy Wright   Wolverhampton Wanderers 19
3rd   Duncan Edwards   Manchester United 16
  Raymond Kopa   Real Madrid
1958 1st   Raymond Kopa   Real Madrid 71
2nt   Helmut Rahn   Rot-Weiss Essen 40
3rd   Just Fontaine   Stade de Reims 23
1959 1st   Alfredo Di Stéfano   Real Madrid 80
2nt   Raymond Kopa   Real Madrid 42
3rd   John Charles   Juventus 24
1960 1st   Luis Suárez   Barcelona 54
2nt   Ferenc Puskás   Real Madrid 37
3rd   Uwe Seeler   Hamburg 33
1961 1st   Omar Sívori[note 2]   Juventus 46
2nt   Luis Suárez   Internazionale 40
3rd   Johnny Haynes   Fulham 22
1962 1st   Josef Masopust   Dukla Prague 65
2nt   Eusébio   Benfica 53
3rd   Karl-Heinz Schnellinger   Köln 33
1963 1st   Lev Yashin   Dynamo Moscow 73
2nt   Gianni Rivera   Milan 53
3rd   Jimmy Greaves   Tottenham Hotspur 33
1964 1st   Denis Law   Manchester United 61
2nt   Luis Suárez   Internazionale 43
3rd   Amancio   Real Madrid 38
1965 1st   Eusébio   Benfica 67
2nt   Giacinto Facchetti   Internazionale 59
3rd   Luis Suárez   Internazionale 45
1966 1st   Bobby Charlton   Manchester United 81
2nt   Eusébio   Benfica 80
3rd   Franz Beckenbauer   Bayern Munich 59
1967 1st   Flórián Albert   Ferencváros 68
2nt   Bobby Charlton   Manchester United 40
3rd   Jimmy Johnstone   Celtic 39
1968 1st   George Best   Manchester United 61
2nt   Bobby Charlton   Manchester United 53
3rd   Dragan Džajić   Red Star Belgrade 46
1969 1st   Gianni Rivera   Milan 83
2nt   Luigi Riva   Cagliari 79
3rd   Gerd Müller   Bayern Munich 38
1970 1st   Gerd Müller   Bayern Munich 77
2nt   Bobby Moore   West Ham United 70
3rd   Luigi Riva   Cagliari 65
1971 1st   Johan Cruyff   Ajax 116
2nt   Sandro Mazzola   Internazionale 57
3rd   George Best   Manchester United 56
1972 1st   Franz Beckenbauer   Bayern Munich 81
2nt   Gerd Müller   Bayern Munich 79
  Günter Netzer   Borussia Mönchengladbach
1973 1st   Johan Cruyff[note 3]   Barcelona 96
2nt   Dino Zoff   Juventus 47
3rd   Gerd Müller   Bayern Munich 44
1974 1st   Johan Cruyff   Barcelona 116
2nt   Franz Beckenbauer   Bayern Munich 105
3rd   Kazimierz Deyna   Legia Warsaw 35
1975 1st   Oleg Blokhin   Dynamo Kyiv 122
2nt   Franz Beckenbauer   Bayern Munich 42
3rd   Johan Cruyff   Barcelona 27
1976 1st   Franz Beckenbauer   Bayern Munich 91
2nt   Rob Rensenbrink   Anderlecht 75
3rd   Ivo Viktor   Dukla Prague 52
1977 1st   Allan Simonsen   Borussia Mönchengladbach 74
2nt   Kevin Keegan[note 4]   Hamburg 71
3rd   Michel Platini   Nancy 70
1978 1st   Kevin Keegan   Hamburg 87
2nt   Hans Krankl   Barcelona 81
3rd   Rob Rensenbrink   Anderlecht 50
1979 1st   Kevin Keegan   Hamburg 118
2nt   Karl-Heinz Rummenigge   Bayern Munich 52
3rd   Ruud Krol   Ajax 41
1980 1st   Karl-Heinz Rummenigge   Bayern Munich 122
2nt   Bernd Schuster   Barcelona 34
3rd   Michel Platini   Saint-Étienne 33
1981 1st   Karl-Heinz Rummenigge   Bayern Munich 106
2nt   Paul Breitner   Bayern Munich 64
3rd   Bernd Schuster   Barcelona 39
1982 1st   Paolo Rossi   Juventus 115
2nt   Alain Giresse   Bordeaux 64
3rd   Zbigniew Boniek   Juventus 39
1983 1st   Michel Platini   Juventus 110
2nt   Kenny Dalglish   Liverpool 26
3rd   Allan Simonsen   Vejle 25
1984 1st   Michel Platini   Juventus 110
2nt   Jean Tigana   Bordeaux 57
3rd   Preben Elkjær   Hellas Verona 48
1985 1st   Michel Platini   Juventus 127
2nt   Preben Elkjær   Hellas Verona 71
3rd   Bernd Schuster   Barcelona 46
1986 1st   Igor Belanov   Dynamo Kyiv 84
2nt   Gary Lineker[note 5]   Barcelona 62
3rd   Emilio Butragueño   Real Madrid 59
1987 1st   Ruud Gullit[note 6]   Milan 106
2nt   Paulo Futre[note 7]   Atlético Madrid 91
3rd   Emilio Butragueño   Real Madrid 61
1988 1st   Marco van Basten   Milan 129
2nt   Ruud Gullit   Milan 88
3rd   Frank Rijkaard[note 8]   Milan 45
1989 1st   Marco van Basten   Milan 129
2nt   Franco Baresi   Milan 80
3rd   Frank Rijkaard   Milan 43
1990 1st   Lothar Matthäus   Internazionale 137
2nt   Salvatore Schillaci   Juventus 84
3rd   Andreas Brehme   Internazionale 68
1991 1st   Jean-Pierre Papin   Marseille 141
2nt   Dejan Savićević   Red Star Belgrade 42
  Darko Pančev   Red Star Belgrade
  Lothar Matthäus   Internazionale
1992 1st   Marco van Basten   Milan 98
2nt   Hristo Stoichkov   Barcelona 80
3rd   Dennis Bergkamp   Ajax 53
1993 1st   Roberto Baggio   Juventus 142
2nt   Dennis Bergkamp   Internazionale 83
3rd   Eric Cantona   Manchester United 34
1994 1st   Hristo Stoichkov   Barcelona 210
2nt   Roberto Baggio   Juventus 136
3rd   Paolo Maldini   Milan 109
1995 1st   George Weah[note 9]   Milan 144
2nt   Jürgen Klinsmann   Bayern Munich 108
3rd   Jari Litmanen   Ajax 67
1996 1st   Matthias Sammer   Borussia Dortmund 144
2nt   Ronaldo[note 10]   Barcelona 143
3rd   Alan Shearer   Newcastle United 107
1997 1st   Ronaldo[note 11]   Internazionale 222
2nt   Predrag Mijatović   Real Madrid 68
3rd   Zinedine Zidane   Juventus 63
1998 1st   Zinedine Zidane   Juventus 244
2nt   Davor Šuker   Real Madrid 68
3rd   Ronaldo   Internazionale 66
1999 1st   Rivaldo   Barcelona 219
2nt   David Beckham   Manchester United 154
3rd   Andriy Shevchenko   Milan 64
2000 1st   Luís Figo[note 12]   Real Madrid 197
2nt   Zinedine Zidane   Juventus 181
3rd   Andriy Shevchenko   Milan 85
2001 1st   Michael Owen   Liverpool 176
2nt   Raúl   Real Madrid 140
3rd   Oliver Kahn   Bayern Munich 114
2002 1st   Ronaldo[note 13]   Real Madrid 169
2nt   Roberto Carlos   Real Madrid 145
3rd   Oliver Kahn   Bayern Munich 110
2003 1st   Pavel Nedvěd   Juventus 190
2nt   Thierry Henry   Arsenal 128
3rd   Paolo Maldini   Milan 123
2004 1st   Andriy Shevchenko   Milan 175
2nt   Deco[note 14]   Barcelona 139
3rd   Ronaldinho   Barcelona 133
2005 1st   Ronaldinho   Barcelona 225
2nt   Frank Lampard   Chelsea 148
3rd   Steven Gerrard   Liverpool 142
2006 1st   Fabio Cannavaro[note 15]   Real Madrid 173
2nt   Gianluigi Buffon   Juventus 124
3rd   Thierry Henry   Arsenal 121
2007 1st   Kaká   Milan 444
2nt   Cristiano Ronaldo   Manchester United 277
3rd   Lionel Messi   Barcelona 255
2008 1st   Cristiano Ronaldo   Manchester United 446
2nt   Lionel Messi   Barcelona 281
3rd   Fernando Torres   Liverpool 179
2009 1st   Lionel Messi   Barcelona 473
2nt   Cristiano Ronaldo[note 16]   Real Madrid 233
3rd   Xavi   Barcelona 170
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Wins by playerEedit

 
Johan Cruyff with the Ballon d'Or in 1971
Player 1st 2nt 3rd
  Michel Platini 3 (1983, 1984, 1985) 2 (1977, 1980)
  Johan Cruyff 3 (1971, 1973, 1974) 1 (1975)
  Marco van Basten 3 (1988, 1989, 1992)
  Franz Beckenbauer 2 (1972, 1976) 2 (1974, 1975) 1 (1966)
  Ronaldo 2 (1997, 2002) 1 (1996) 1 (1998)
  Alfredo Di Stéfano 2 (1957, 1959) 1 (1956)
  Kevin Keegan 2 (1978, 1979) 1 (1977)
  Karl-Heinz Rummenigge 2 (1980, 1981) 1 (1979)
  Luis Suárez 1 (1960) 2 (1961, 1964) 1 (1965)
  Eusébio 1 (1965) 2 (1962, 1966)
  Bobby Charlton 1 (1966) 2 (1967, 1968)
  Cristiano Ronaldo 1 (2008) 2 (2007, 2009)
  Raymond Kopa 1 (1958) 1 (1959) 2 (1956, 1957)
  Gerd Müller 1 (1970) 1 (1972) 2 (1969, 1973)
  Zinedine Zidane 1 (1998) 1 (2000) 1 (1997)
  Lionel Messi 1 (2009) 1 (2008) 1 (2007)
  George Best 1 (1968) 1 (1971)
  Gianni Rivera 1 (1969) 1 (1963)
  Ruud Gullit 1 (1987) 1 (1988)
  Lothar Matthäus 1 (1990) 1 (1991)
  Roberto Baggio 1 (1993) 1 (1994)
  Hristo Stoichkov 1 (1994) 1 (1992)
  Andriy Shevchenko 1 (2004) 2 (1999, 2000)
  Allan Simonsen 1 (1977) 1 (1983)
  Ronaldinho 1 (2005) 1 (2004)
  Matthias Sammer 1 (1996)

Wins by countryEedit

Country Players Total
  Germany 5 7
  Netherlands 3 7
  Fraunce 4 6
  Italy 5 5
  Brazil 4 5
  Ingland 4 5
  Portugal 3 3
  Soviet Union 3 3
  Spain 2 3
  Czech Republic 2 2
  Argentinae 1 1
  Bulgarie 1 1
  Denmark 1 1
  Hungary 1 1
  Liberie 1 1
  Northren Ireland 1 1
  Scotland 1 1
  Ukraine 1 1

Wins by clubEedit

Club Players Total
  Juventus 6 8
  Milan 6 8
  Barcelona 6 7
  Real Madrid 5 6
  Bayern Munich 3 5
  Manchester United 4 4
  Dynamo Kyiv 2 2
  Internazionale 2 2
  Hamburg 1 2
  Ajax 1 1
  Benfica 1 1
  Blackpool 1 1
  Borussia Dortmund 1 1
  Borussia Mönchengladbach 1 1
  Dukla Prague 1 1
  Dynamo Moscow 1 1
  Ferencváros 1 1
  Liverpool 1 1
  Marseille 1 1

NotesEedit

  1. Born in Argentinae, Di Stéfano acquired Spaingie ceetizenship in 1956 an went on to play for the Spaingie naitional fitbaw team.
  2. Born in Argentinae, Sívori acquired Italian ceetizenship in 1961 an went on tae play for the Italian naitional fitbaw team.
  3. Cruyff wis signed bi Barcelona frae Ajax midway throu 1973.
  4. Keegan wis signed bi Hamburg frae Liverpool midway throu 1977.
  5. Lineker wis signed bi Barcelona frae Everton midway throu 1986.
  6. Gullit wis signed bi Milan frae PSV Eindhoven midway throu 1987.
  7. Futre wis signed bi Atlético Madrid frae Porto midway throu 1987.
  8. Rijkaard wis signed bi Milan frae Real Zaragoza midway throu 1988.
  9. Weah wis signed bi Milan frae Paris Saint-Germain midway throu 1995.
  10. Ronaldo wis signed bi Barcelona frae PSV Eindhoven midway throu 1996.
  11. Ronaldo wis signed bi Internazionale frae Barcelona midway throu 1997.
  12. Figo wis signed bi Real Madrid frae Barcelona midway throu 2000.
  13. Ronaldo wis signed bi Real Madrid frae Internazionale midway throu 2002.
  14. Deco wis signed bi Barcelona frae Porto midway throu 2004.
  15. Cannavaro wis signed bi Real Madrid frae Juventus midway throu 2006.
  16. Cristiano Ronaldo wis signed bi Real Madrid frae Manchester United midway throu 2009.

ReferencesEedit

  1. "Ronaldo joins legendary list". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. 1 December 2008. Retrieved 4 December 2008.