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Ballon d'Or 2022

The Ballon d’Or is a football award which is presented annually by France Football, a weekly football magazine. The tradition of Ballon d’Or is being followed since 1956.


The award was merged with FIFA Player of the Year in 2010, and was renamed as the FIFA Ballon d’Or. However, the agreement was over in 2016 and FIFA went on to make its own separate award known as The Best FIFA Football Awards.


The Ballon d’Or is awarded to the male football player who has made a remarkable display of talent and has the best overall performance in the previous year. The voting for the nomination of the award is done by football journalists.


Ballon d'or Award



Ballon d'Or 2022


The 2022 Ballon d'Or award function is set to undergo a change as the award's criteria of judging a player's personal and team achievements over a calendar year, will be changed to judging performances over the course of a typical club season. Therefore, the 2022 Ballon d'or will include the upcoming 2022 World Cup as well.


Ballon d'Or 2022 SK Power Rankings (March 2022)


PlayerClub
Karim BenzemaReal Madrid
Robert LewandowskiBayern Munich
Mohammed SalahLiverpool
Kylian MbappePSG
Bernardo SilvaManchester City
Vinicius JrReal Madrid
Riyad MahrezManchester City
Thomas MullerBayern Munich
Trent Alexander ArnoldLiverpool
Cristiano RonaldoManchester United


History

The Ballon d’Or award honours was initially only awarded to European players. However, since 1995 it expanded to include all the players of from any origin who played active role in the European clubs. In 2007, the award finally reached out to include all professional players around the world irrespective of their origin or league.


Interesting Facts


Stanley Matthews of English club Blackpool, was the first player to be awarded the Ballon d’Or.


George Weah was the first non-European and only African player to receive the award.


Argentine Lionel Messi is the only player in the history of football who has won the award for a record seven times followed by the Portuguese player Cristiano Ronaldo who has won the award five times


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Ballon d'Or Winners



YearPlayerNationalityClub
2021Lionel MessiArgentinaPSG
2019Lionel MessiArgentinaBarcelona
2018Luka ModricCroatianReal Madrid
2017Cristiano RonaldoPortugalReal Madrid
2016Cristiano RonaldoPortugalReal Madrid
2015Lionel MessiArgentinaBarcelona
2014Cristiano RonaldoPortugalReal Madrid
2013Cristiano RonaldoPortugalReal Madrid
2012Lionel MessiArgentinaBarcelona
2011Lionel MessiArgentinaBarcelona
2010Lionel MessiArgentinaBarcelona
2009Lionel MessiArgentinaBarcelona
2008Cristiano RonaldoPortugalManchester United
2007KakáBrazilMilan
2006Fabio CannavaroItalyReal Madrid
2005RonaldinhoBrazilBarcelona
2004Andriy ShevchenkoUkraineMilan
2003Pavel NedvědCzech RepublicJuventus
2002RonaldoBrazilReal Madrid
2001Michael OwenEnglandLiverpool
2000Luís FigoPortugalReal Madrid
1999RivaldoBrazilBarcelona
1998Zinedine ZidaneFranceJuventus
1997RonaldoBrazilInternazionale
1996Matthias SammerGermanyBorussia Dortmund
1995George WeahLiberiaMilan
1994Hristo StoichkovBulgariaBarcelona
1993Roberto BaggioItalyJuventus
1992Marco van BastenNetherlandsMilan
1991Jean-Pierre PapinFranceMarseille
1990Lothar MatthäusGermanyInternazionale
1989Marco van BastenNetherlandsMilan
1988Marco van BastenNetherlandsMilan
1987Ruud GullitNetherlandsMilan
1986Igor BelanovSoviet UnionDynamo Kyiv
1985Michel PlatiniFranceJuventus
1984Michel PlatiniFranceJuventus
1983Michel PlatiniFranceJuventus
1982Paolo RossiItalyJuventus
1981Karl-Heinz RummeniggeWest GermanyBayern Munich
1980Karl-Heinz RummeniggeWest GermanyBayern Munich
1979Kevin KeeganEnglandHamburg
1978Kevin KeeganEnglandHamburg
1977Allan SimonsenDenmarkBorussia M”nchengladbach
1976Franz BeckenbauerWest GermanyBayern Munich
1975Oleg BlokhinSoviet UnionDynamo Kyiv
1974Johan CruyffNetherlandsBarcelona
1973Johan CruyffNetherlandsBarcelona
1972Franz BeckenbauerWest GermanyBayern Munich
1971Johan CruyffNetherlandsAjax
1970Gerd MüllerWest GermanyBayern Munich
1969Gianni RiveraItalyMilan
1968George BestNorthern IrelandManchester United
1967Flórián AlbertHungaryFerencvarosi TC
1966Bobby CharltonEnglandManchester United
1965EusébioPortugalBenfica
1964Denis LawScotlandManchester United
1963Lev YashinSoviet UnionDynamo Moscow
1962Josef MasopustCzechoslovakiaDukla Prague
1961Omar SívoriItalyJuventus
1960Luis SuárezSpainBarcelona
1959Alfredo Di StéfanoSpainReal Madrid
1958Raymond KopaFranceReal Madrid
1957Alfredo Di StéfanoSpainReal Madrid
1956Stanley MatthewsEnglandBlackpool

FAQ


Why was the 2020 Ballon d'Or cancelled?


The 2020 Ballon d'Or was cancelled as the European football season was cut short due to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.


Who won the 2021 Ballon d'Or?


Lionel Messi won the Ballon d'Or 2019 for the 7th time by the finest of margins.


Who has won the most Ballon d'Or Awards?


Lionel Messi has won the most Ballon d'Or with 7 awards in the Football history.


How many times has Cristiano Ronaldo won the Ballon d'Or?


Cristiano Ronaldo has won the Ballon d'Or 5 times in 2013, 2014, 2016 & 2017.

Ballon d'Or 2023: Ranking the top 5 favorites
Ballon d'Or 2023: Ranking the top 5 favorites

Ballon d'Or 2023: Ranking the top 5 favorites

“He has been one of the best strikers in the world for years” – Star forward receives fresh vote of confidence in race to win 2022 Ballon d'Or 
“He has been one of the best strikers in the world for years” – Star forward receives fresh vote of confidence in race to win 2022 Ballon d'Or 

“He has been one of the best strikers in the world for years” – Star forward receives fresh vote of confidence in race to win 2022 Ballon d'Or 

"You can never say 100% that they are going to give it to him" - Kaka makes interesting Ballon d'Or 2022 claim involving Karim Benzema 
"You can never say 100% that they are going to give it to him" - Kaka makes interesting Ballon d'Or 2022 claim involving Karim Benzema 

"You can never say 100% that they are going to give it to him" - Kaka makes interesting Ballon d'Or 2022 claim involving Karim Benzema 

"There was a controversy that never came out" - Dani Alves says he had 'scuffle' with Cristiano Ronaldo inside Ballon d'Or dressing room
"There was a controversy that never came out" - Dani Alves says he had 'scuffle' with Cristiano Ronaldo inside Ballon d'Or dressing room

"There was a controversy that never came out" - Dani Alves says he had 'scuffle' with Cristiano Ronaldo inside Ballon d'Or dressing room

"From Barcelona, there is a shorter way to the Golden Ball than from Bayern" - Robert Lewandowski makes incredible Ballon d'Or claim 
"From Barcelona, there is a shorter way to the Golden Ball than from Bayern" - Robert Lewandowski makes incredible Ballon d'Or claim 

"From Barcelona, there is a shorter way to the Golden Ball than from Bayern" - Robert Lewandowski makes incredible Ballon d'Or claim 

Ranking the 5 favorites for the 2023 Ballon d'Or
Ranking the 5 favorites for the 2023 Ballon d'Or

Ranking the 5 favorites for the 2023 Ballon d'Or

"Ronaldo, Messi - you're gonna stop. We have to find someone else" - Kylian Mbappe says he is 'about to' win Ballon d'Or and belives the era of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi is coming to an end 
"Ronaldo, Messi - you're gonna stop. We have to find someone else" - Kylian Mbappe says he is 'about to' win Ballon d'Or and belives the era of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi is coming to an end 

"Ronaldo, Messi - you're gonna stop. We have to find someone else" - Kylian Mbappe says he is 'about to' win Ballon d'Or and belives the era of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi is coming to an end 

"It will be a good sign" - Barcelona legend Carles Puyol makes bold claim about 2022 Ballon d'Or
"It will be a good sign" - Barcelona legend Carles Puyol makes bold claim about 2022 Ballon d'Or

"It will be a good sign" - Barcelona legend Carles Puyol makes bold claim about 2022 Ballon d'Or

Ballon d'Or 2022: Ranking the top 5 favorites - September 2022
Ballon d'Or 2022: Ranking the top 5 favorites - September 2022

Ballon d'Or 2022: Ranking the top 5 favorites - September 2022

“I would always say Messi but this year Benzema deserves it” – Barcelona star makes honest admission about 2022 Ballon d’Or 
“I would always say Messi but this year Benzema deserves it” – Barcelona star makes honest admission about 2022 Ballon d’Or 

“I would always say Messi but this year Benzema deserves it” – Barcelona star makes honest admission about 2022 Ballon d’Or 

James Rodriguez chooses his favorite to win 2022 Ballon d'Or
James Rodriguez chooses his favorite to win 2022 Ballon d'Or

James Rodriguez chooses his favorite to win 2022 Ballon d'Or

"It’s been a dream since I was little, I’m not too far away now, we’ll see what happens” - Karim Benzema makes honest admission about Ballon d'Or hopes
"It’s been a dream since I was little, I’m not too far away now, we’ll see what happens” - Karim Benzema makes honest admission about Ballon d'Or hopes

"It’s been a dream since I was little, I’m not too far away now, we’ll see what happens” - Karim Benzema makes honest admission about Ballon d'Or hopes

“A case of premature speculation” – Gary Lineker pokes fun at magazine over error regarding Ballon d'Or claim involving Karim Benzema
“A case of premature speculation” – Gary Lineker pokes fun at magazine over error regarding Ballon d'Or claim involving Karim Benzema

“A case of premature speculation” – Gary Lineker pokes fun at magazine over error regarding Ballon d'Or claim involving Karim Benzema

“If things keep going like this, he will win a Ballon d'Or one day” – Lothar Matthaus lavishes praise on player who reminds him of Lionel Messi 
“If things keep going like this, he will win a Ballon d'Or one day” – Lothar Matthaus lavishes praise on player who reminds him of Lionel Messi 

“If things keep going like this, he will win a Ballon d'Or one day” – Lothar Matthaus lavishes praise on player who reminds him of Lionel Messi 

5 reasons why Lionel Messi's new position at PSG can help him win another Ballon d'Or
5 reasons why Lionel Messi's new position at PSG can help him win another Ballon d'Or

5 reasons why Lionel Messi's new position at PSG can help him win another Ballon d'Or

Ballon d'Or Power Rankings: August 2022
Ballon d'Or Power Rankings: August 2022

Ballon d'Or Power Rankings: August 2022

Manchester United cult hero Antonio Valencia tips PSG superstar Lionel Messi to win 4 more Ballon d'Or awards
Manchester United cult hero Antonio Valencia tips PSG superstar Lionel Messi to win 4 more Ballon d'Or awards

Manchester United cult hero Antonio Valencia tips PSG superstar Lionel Messi to win 4 more Ballon d'Or awards

“He is Cristiano Ronaldo and Messi” – Pakistan cricketer tells Edwin van der Sar that captain Babar Azam is ‘mixture’ of football GOATs
“He is Cristiano Ronaldo and Messi” – Pakistan cricketer tells Edwin van der Sar that captain Babar Azam is ‘mixture’ of football GOATs

“He is Cristiano Ronaldo and Messi” – Pakistan cricketer tells Edwin van der Sar that captain Babar Azam is ‘mixture’ of football GOATs

Top 10 players with the most number of Ballon d'Or nominations in history
Top 10 players with the most number of Ballon d'Or nominations in history

Top 10 players with the most number of Ballon d'Or nominations in history

"It surprises me a bit" - Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti says 32-year-old superstar deserved to be in 30-man Ballon d'Or shortlist 
"It surprises me a bit" - Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti says 32-year-old superstar deserved to be in 30-man Ballon d'Or shortlist 

"It surprises me a bit" - Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti says 32-year-old superstar deserved to be in 30-man Ballon d'Or shortlist 

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