Ballon d’Or Winners Of All Times (1956-2018)

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Ballon d’Or award is the most restful, high profile and elite level award in football that is awarded to best player on individual basis annually. We have gathered the complete information regarding Ballon d’Or winners list of all times since it started. This is a dream award for any footballer and takes too much effort to win it. Let’s take a look on the history of this award which is quite complicated and much intense as well.

History of Ballon d’Or:

The elite football award started back in 1956 and it was known as “European Player of The Year Award” and the players who belong to only Europe were eligible to win it. After a long time, back in 2009 the officials changed it’s name and merged as “FIFA Players of the Year Award” which later became FIFA Ballon d’Or and any football player from any part of the world is eligible to win this.

Past Winners of Ballon d’Or Award
YEAR WINNER NATIONALITY CLUB
2017 Cristiano Ronaldo (New) Portugal Real Madrid
2016 Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal Real Madrid
2015 Lionel Messi Argentina FC Barcelona
2014 Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal Real Madrid
2013 Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal Real Madrid
2012 Lionel Messi Argentina FC Barcelona
2011 Lionel Messi Argentina FC Barcelona
2010 Lionel Messi Argentina FC Barcelona
2009 Lionel Messi Argentina FC Barcelona
2008 Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal Manchester United
2007 Kaká Brazil AC Milan
2006 Fabio Cannavaro Italy Real Madrid/Juventus
2005 Ronaldinho Brazil Barcelona
2004 Andriy Shevchenko Ukraine AC Milan
2003 Pavel Nedvěd Czech Republic 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 Inter Milan
1996 Matthias Sammer Germany Borussia Dortmund
1995 George Weah Liberia AC Milan
1994 Hristo Stoichkov Bulgaria Barcelona
1993 Roberto Baggio Italy Juventus
1992 Marco van Basten Netherlands AC Milan
1991 Jean-Pierre Papin France Marseille
1990 Lothar Matthäus Germany Inter Milan
1989 Marco van Basten Netherlands AC Milan
1988 Marco van Basten Netherlands AC Milan
1987 Ruud Gullit Netherlands AC 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 Germany Bayern Munich
1980 Karl-Heinz Rummenigge Germany Bayern Munich
1979 Kevin Keegan England Hamburg
1978 Kevin Keegan England Hamburg
1977 Allan Simonsen Denmark Borussia M”nchengladbach
1976 Franz Beckenbauer Germany Bayern Munich
1975 Oleg Blokhin Soviet Union Dynamo Kyiv
1974 Johan Cruyff Netherlands Barcelona
1973 Johan Cruyff Netherlands Barcelona
1972 Franz Beckenbauer Germany Bayern Munich
1971 Johan Cruyff Netherlands Barcelona
1970 Gerd Müller 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

Here is the list of Ballon d’Or winners since 1956. Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, both of these players have been winning Ballon d’Or since 2008 respectively. Rest of the winners are mentioned below in the table. By the beginning, only players from European Club were eligible, but from 1995 any football player with any nationality can win the award.