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List of Football Players Who Won the Ballon d'Or Between 1956 to 2022

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Since 1956, the French news magazine France Football has presented the Ballon d'Or award on a yearly basis.

The Ballond'Or came to an agreement with FIFA to merge temporarily with the FIFA World Player of the Year and known as the FIFA Ballon d'Or. This happened between 2010 to 2015.

Here is a full list of Ballon d'Or winners from 1956 to date.

Stanley Matthews

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This was the first player to win the Ballon d'Or. He won it in 1956 while he was playing for Blackpool. This player was one of the greatest players in British history. He played football until he was 50 years old. He died in 2000.

Alfredo Di Stefano

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He was born in Argentina and previously played for Real Madrid. He became a football coach. One of the greatest number nines in football history, he won the Ballon d'Or in 1957. He also won the Ballon d'Or in 1959.

Raymond Kopa

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Raymond Kopa was the first French player to ever win a Ballon d'Or. He won three European Cups. He was a legend at Real Madrid. He played for the Real Madrid team of the 1950s. He won the Ballon d'Or in 1958. He died in 2017.

Luis Suárez Miramontes

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He played for and coached the Spanish national team. He played as a midfielder for Barcelona, Inter Milan, Sampdoria, etc. Suárez is regarded as one of the greatest Spanish football players of all time. He won the Ballon d'Or in 1960.

Omar Sívori

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Enrique Omar Sivori was an Italian-Argentine football player and manager who played as a forward. He played for Juventus in the late 1950s. He won the Ballon d'Or in 1961.

Josef Masopust

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Josef Masopust was a Czech football player and coach. He was Czechoslovakia's key player and midfielder, helping the team reach the FIFA 1962 final. He was named European Footballer of the Year in 1962. He won the 1962 Ballon d'Or.

Lev Yashin

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Lev Ivanovich Yashin, also popularly known as the "Black Spider" or the "Black Panther," was a Soviet professional football goalkeeper. He was the first goalkeeper to be named a Ballon d'Or winner. He won the Ballon d'Or in 1963.

Denis Law

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He won the Ballon d'Or while playing for Manchester United. He is Scottish. He won it in 1964.

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Eusebio

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He is a Portuguese player who scored 733 goals in 745 matches. He played for Benfica. He was the first black to win a Ballon d'Or. He won it in 1965.

Bobby Charlton

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He won the 1966 Ballon d'Or. He played for Manchester United.

Florian Albert

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He won the 1967 Ballon d'Or. He played for the Hungarian professional football team. He was known as the Emperor.

George Best

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He won the 1968 Ballon d'Or playing for Manchester United.

Gianni Rivera

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He won the Ballon d'Or while playing for AC Milan in 1969.

Gerd Muller

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Gerd Muller won the 1970 Ballon d'Or while playing in Bayern Munich.

Johan Cruyff

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Hendrik Johannes Cruijff was a Dutch professional football player and manager. He won the 1971, 1973, and 1974 Ballon d'Or.

Franz Beckenbauer

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He won the 1972 and 1976 Ballon d'Or while he played for Bayern Munich.

Oleg Blokhin

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He won the Ballon d'Or in 1975 while playing for Dynamo.

Allan Simonsen

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He won 1977 Ballon d'Or while playing for Borussia Monchengladbach.


Kevin Keegan

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He won the 1978 and 1979 Ballon d'Or while playing for Hamburg.


Karl-Heinz Rummenigge

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He won the 1980 and 1981 Ballon d'Or while playing for Bayern Munich.

Paolo Rossi

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He won the 1982 Ballon d'Or while playing for Juventus.

Michel Platini

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He won the 1983, 1984 and 1985 Ballon d'Or while playing for Juventus.

Igor Belanov

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He won the 1986 Ballon d'Or.

Ruud Gullit

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He won the 1987 Ballon d'Or while playing for AC Milan.

Marco Van Basten

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He won the 1988, 1989 and 1992 Ballon d'Or while playing for AC Milan.

Lothar Matthaus

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He won the 1990 Ballon d'Or while playing for Inter Milan.

Jean-Pierre Papin

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He won the 1991 Ballon d'Or while playing for Marseille.

Roberto Baggio

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He won the 1993 Ballon d'Or while playing for Juventus.

Hristo Stoichkov

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He won the 1994 Ballon d'Or while playing for Barcelona.

George Weah

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He won the 1995 Ballon d'Or while playing for AC Milan.

Matthias Sammer

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He won the 1996 Ballon d'Or while playing for Borussia Dortmund.

Delima Ronaldo

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He won the Ballon d'Or in 1997 and 2002

Zidine Zidane

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He won the 1998 Ballon d'Or while playing for Juventus.

Rivaldo

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He won the 1999 Ballon d'Or while playing for Barcelona.

Luis Figo

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He won the 2000 Ballon d'Or while playing for Real Madrid.

Michael Owen

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He won the 2001 Ballon d'Or while playing for Liverpool.

Pavel Nedved

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He won the 2003 Ballon d'Or while playing for Juventus.

Andriy Shevchenko

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He won the 2004 Ballon d'Or.

Ronaldinho

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He won the 2005 Ballon d'Or while playing for Barcelona.

Fabio Cannavaro

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He won the 2006 Ballon d'Or while playing for Real Madrid.

Kaka

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He won the 2007 Ballon d'Or while playing for AC Milan.

Cristiano Ronaldo

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Cristiano Ronaldo

He won 2008 Ballon d'Or while playing for Manchester United. He also won 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017 while playing for Real Madrid.

Lionel Messi

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He won the 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2019 Ballon d'Or while playing for Barcelona and also won 2021 Ballon d'Or while playing for PSG.

Luka Modric

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He won the 2019 Ballon d'Or while playing for Real Madrid.

Karim Benzema

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He won the 2022 Ballon d'Or while playing for Real Madrid.

Quiz

For each question, choose the best answer. The answer key is below.

  1. At what age did Messi win his third Ballon d'Or
    • 32
    • 24
    • 22
  2. Between Ronaldo and Messi who was the first to win five Ballon d'Or trophies
    • Ronaldo
    • Messi
  3. Who was the Oldest Player to win the Ballon d'Or
    • Stanley Matthews
    • Karim Benzema
    • Ronaldinho

Answer Key

  1. 24
  2. Messi
  3. Karim Benzema

Interpreting Your Score

If you got 0 correct answers: Bad

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If you got 2 correct answers: Fair

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