Ballon d’Or is the highest level of the individual award which is actually an annual football award and it is presented by France Football. The journey of Ballon d’Or started a long time ago. In 1956, the first award was given though, at that time, it was known as ‘European Player of the Year’ award. The award was given only the European players. But in 1995, the new rule added. The player playing in European clubs from the different nations could win it. From 2010 to 2015, FIFA made an agreement and FIFA World Player of the Year changed to FIFA Ballon d’Or. The agreement was ended in 2016 and so, the name was reverted back to Ballon d’Or and FIFA started a new award named The Best FIFA Men’s Player. Today we would like to talk about the FIFA Ballon d’Or Winner List And All Time History.
Since the beginning, the award Ballon d’Or used to be given the best male player considering the performance over the previous season and also there was an option on voting by football journalists. Basically, earlier the award was the origin for the European players. But in 1995, the rule was changed to the current form. If we consider the player who won most Ballon d’Or individually, we must consider the names of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. Both of them won five Ballon d’Or each which is the highest for any player. However, let’s see the details of FIFA Ballon d’Or Winner List And All Time History.
FIFA Ballon d’Or Winner List
|1957||Alfredo Di Stefano||Real Madrid||Spain|
|1958||Raymond Kopa||Real Madrid||France|
|1959||Alfredo Di Stefano||Real Madrid||Spain|
|1962||Josef Masopust||Dukla Prague||Czechoslovakia|
|1963||Lev Yashin||Dynamo Moscow||Soviet Union|
|1964||Denis Law||Manchester United||Scotland|
|1966||Bobby Charlton||Manchester United||England|
|1968||George Best||Manchester United||Northern Ireland|
|1970||Gerd Muller||Bayern Munich||West Germany|
|1972||Franz Beckenbauer||Bayern Munich||West Germany|
|1975||Oleg Blokhin||Dynamo Kyiv||Soviet Union|
|1976||Franz Beckenbauer||Bayern Munich||West Germany|
|1977||Allan Simonsen||Borussia Monchengladbach||Denmark|
|1980||Karl Heinz Rummenigge||Bayern Munich||West Germany|
|1981||Karl Heinz Rummenigge||Bayern Munich||West Germany|
|1986||Igor Belanov||Dynamo Kyiv||Soviet Union|
|1987||Ruud Gullit||AC Milan||Netherlands|
|1988||Marco van Basten||AC Milan||Netherlands|
|1989||Marco van Basten||AC Milan||Netherlands|
|1990||Lothar Matthaus||Inter Milan||Germany|
|1991||Jean Pierre Papin||Marseille||France|
|1992||Marco van Basten||AC Milan||Netherlands|
|1995||George Weah||AC Milan||Liberia|
|1996||Matthias Sammer||Borussia Dortmund||Germany|
|2000||Luis Figo||Real Madrid||Portugal|
|2003||Pavel Nedved||Juventus||Czech Republic|
|2004||Andriy Shevchenko||AC Milan||Ukraine|
|2006||Fabio Cannavaro||Real Madrid||Italy|
|2008||Cristiano Ronaldo||Manchester United||Portugal|
|2013||Cristiano Ronaldo||Real Madrid||Portugal|
|2014||Cristiano Ronaldo||Real Madrid||Portugal|
|2016||Cristiano Ronaldo||Real Madrid||Portugal|
|2017||Cristiano Ronaldo||Real Madrid||Portugal|
|2018||Luka Modric||Real Madrid||Croatia|
As stated by the above-listed chart, we can see the winner list of FIFA Ballon d’Or since 1956. But now, we are going to present short details of Ballon d’Or winners considering the last fifteen seasons.
2004 – Andriy Shevchenko (Ukraine)
Andriy Shevchenko is a former professional football player who played as a striker. He was the Ukraine national team player and played 111 international matches.
He also scored 48 goals for the national team. He played for a number of clubs and among them, his history with Milan was so impressive. He joined at the Italian side in 1999 and won the Ballon d’Or in 2004.
The Ukraine national team players scored 28 goals in all competitions in the season. However, in 2004, the player who achieved 2nd position was Portuguese player Deco. he played for Barcelona. Brazilian attacking midfielder Ronaldinho was in the 3rd position in the season.
2005 – Ronaldinho (Brazil)
Ronaldinho Gaucho who is simply known as Ronaldinho was the professional Brazilian star and played for Brazil national team. He is a World Cup winning player of Brazil and won Ballon d’Or in 2005.
In the previous season, he grabbed 3rd position but in the following next season, he achieved it for the first time in his life. He achieved 225 points and holding the top position. During the season, he played for Spanish giant Barcelona where he joined at the Camp Nou in 2003 from Paris Saint Germain.
Ronaldinho is often considered as one of the greatest players of all time. However, in the season, English star Frank Lampard grabbed the 2nbd position and another English player Steven Gerrard was in the 3rd position so far.
2006 – Fabio Cannavaro (Italy)
Fabio Cannavaro is a former Italian football player who played as a center-back in Italy national team from 1997 to 2010. With the national team, he made 136 international appearances and scored 2 goals so far.
Though he was a defender but while playing with the Real Madrid, he won a Ballon d’Or in 2006. The Italian player started his professional career in 1992 and played for a number of top-rated clubs named Napoli, Inter Milan, Juventus, Real Madrid and so on. Fabio led his national team Italy to the FIFA World Cup final in 2006 and won it and so, he was nicknamed as ‘The Berlin Wall’ by the Italian supporters.
In 2006 when this Italian star won Ballon d’Or, Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon earned the 2nd position with 124 points and French star Thierry Henry claimed the 3rd position so far.
2007 – Kaka (Brazil)
Kaka is a former Brazil national team player and took his retirement from all types of competition. He is still one of the most handsome football players and in his generation, he is regarded as one of the best players.
He played an attacking midfielder. he played for a number of clubs and among them, Milan and Real Madrid were the best. While playing with Italian club Milan, Kaka won his first Ballon d’Or in 2007. He joined at the Milan in 2003 from Sao Paulo and played with them till 2009. He made 193 appearances with the Italian side and scored 70 goals so far.
In 2007, Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo first selected for Ballon d’Or but this time he grabbed the 2nd position. he played for Manchester United at that time. Also, another legendary player Lionel Messi was in the 3rd position and he was also short-listed for Ballon d’Or in 2007.
2008 – Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal)
Cristiano Ronaldo is a Portuguese national team player who is playing as a striker. He is also the captain of the national team. he started his professional career in 2002 with Sporting CP.
Since the beginning, he is presenting his extraordinary performance and in 2003, he joined with the English side the Red Devils. While playing with Man United, in 2008 Cristiano first got his Ballon d’Or award.
In 2007, he was in the 2nd position and in the following year, he achieved the title. In the year 2008, Argentine legendary player Lionel Messi grabbed the 2nd position with 281 points and Spanish player Fernando Torres who played for the Liverpool earned the 3rd position so far.
2009 – Lionel Messi (Argentina)
Lionel Messi is the Argentine star and playing for Argentina national team along with Barcelona as the skipper. He is often regarded as the best player in the World and greatest of all time.
Messi won his first Ballon d’Or in 2009 though he was short-listed for the Ballon d’Or from a couple of years back. In 2007, he earned the 3rd position and in 2008, he was placed on the 2nd position so far. Lionel Messi who started his professional career with the Spanish giant Barcelona in 2004, and till now, he does not have to look back.
In 2009, Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo achieved the 2nd position with 233 points and Spanish player Xavi earned the 3rd position with 179 points.
2010 – Lionel Messi (Argentina)
Lionel Messi won his 2nd Ballon d’Or in the following next season 2010 while playing with Spanish giant Barcelona. He was passing his best time then and he won a number of titles with his club Barca.
In 2010, he scored 47 goals with his club. He was voted for the Ballon d’Or where Spanish player Andres Iniesta got the 2nd place. Another Spanish player Xavi achieved the 3rd place like the previous season.
Portuguese star missed the first three position this time. Most amazingly, the three players were from the team Barcelona. The award was known as FIFA Ballon d’Or in the meantime.
2011 – Lionel Messi (Argentina)
The Argentine star Lionel Messi won his 3rd Ballon d’Or in the following next year 2011. Through the award, he won Ballon d’Or consecutive three times and made a record.
He scored 53 goals in the season and claimed the award. He got a 47.88% vote by the football journalists. This time, Cristiano Ronaldo was counted on the 2nd position and achieved 23.68% points.
Xavi was holding the 3rd position in the year 2011. It seems that Lionel Messi is passing his entire professional career with the Spanish giants Barcelona and became the key player of the team.
2012 – Lionel Messi (Argentina)
LM10 won his 4th Ballon d’Or in 2012 and this time he scored 73 goals so far. It was still a record that no other players win four Ballon d’Or consecutively.
Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo who played for the Real Madrid during the time and also he was listed on the 2nde position in 2012. Andres Iniesta who was a lead playmaker of Barcelona as well as the Spanish national team got the 3rd position so far.
2013 – Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal)
After a long time, Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo was placed on the top position and won the Ballon d’Or in 2013. Lionel Messi was also listed for the Ballon d’Or but holding the 2nd position.
CR7 achieved 27.99% vote and Messi achieved 24.72 % vote this year. France star Franck Ribery who played for the Bayern Munich grabbed the 3rd position so far. This time, the contest between Messi and Ronaldo was located.
2014 – Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal)
Cristiano Ronaldo grabbed his 3rd Ballon d’Or in 2014 and his most rival player Lionel Messi was in a 2nd position this time. German stopper Manuel Neuer was in the 3rd position in the season 2014.
Cristiano Ronaldo joined at the Spanish side Real Madrid in 2009 from Manchester United though he started to win Ballon d’Or while playing with the Red Devils but with the team Real Madrid, he also won Ballon d’Or a number of times so far.
2015 – Lionel Messi (Argentina)
Lionel Messi won his 5th Ballon d’Or in 2015 where he won 4th Ballon d’Or in 2012. CR7 won last two of the titles. The Argentine star football player wrote his name on football history after winning highest five Ballon d’Or titles.
In 2015, Cristiano Ronaldo achieved the 2nd position and Brazilian rising star Neymar grabbed the 3rd position for the first time.
2016 – Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal)
Cristiano Ronaldo won his 4th Ballon d’Or in 2016 when Lionel Messi stood next to him. He got the 2nd position. The 3rd position was claimed by French star Antoine Griezmann who played for the Spanish club Atletico Madrid. CR7 played for Real Madrid and L10 played for Barcelona in the year 2016.
2017 – Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal)
CR7 got equal five Ballon d’Or in 2017 and touched the record of Lionel Messi. Now, we are considering both Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo as the top-rated players and the maximum winners of Ballon d’Or award.
CR7 scored 42 goals in the season and led his team Ream Madrid to the Champions League. Lionel Messi scored 54 goals in the season but considering the vote of football journalists, CR7 claimed the award. LM10 grabbed the 2nd position where Brazilian star Neymar got the 3rd position.
2018 – Luka Modric (Croatia)
Luka Modric is a Croatian midfielder and during the era of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, Luka Modric is the first player that won a Ballon d’Or in 2018.
The most important reason behind it was he led his national team Croatia to the Russia World Cup final though he failed to win the final match against France. He also played a major role with his club Real Madrid to the Champions League title.
Earlier, he played for English club Tottenham Hotspur and in 2012, he joined with Real Madrid. Cristiano Ronaldo was in 2nd position and France star Antoine Griezmann was in the 3rd position so far.
According to the above-listed statistics, we can see the complete history & winner list of FIFA Ballon d’Or. It seems that Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are the most successful players and they have still chance to win more Ballon d’Or in their career.