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Ballon d'Or 2018

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 2018


The 2018 Ballon D'or will be awarded on 3rd December, 2018 in Paris.


Below are the nominees for the 2018 Ballon D'Or:


PlayerClubCountry
Sergio AgueroManchester CityArgentina
Alisson BeckerLiverpoolBrazil
Gareth BaleReal MadridWales
Karim BenzemaReal MadridFrance
Edinson CavaniPSGUruguay
Thibaut CourtoisReal MadridBelgium
Cristiano RonaldoJuventusPortugal
Kevin de BruyneManchester CityBelgium
Roberto FirminoLiverpoolBrazil
Diego GodinAtletico MadridUruguay
Antoine GriezmannAtletico MadridFrance
Eden HazardChelseaBelgium
IscoReal MadridSpain
Harry KaneTottenham HotspurEngland
N'Golo KanteChelseaFrance
Hugo LlorisTottenham HotspurFrance
Mario MandzukicJuventusCroatia
Sadio ManeLiverpoolSenegal
MarceloReal MadridBrazil
Kylian MbappePSGFrance
Lionel MessiBarcelonaArgentina
Luka ModricReal MadridCroatia
NeymarPSGBrazil
Jan OblakAtletico MadridSlovenia
Paul PogbaManchester UnitedFrance
Ivan RakiticBarcelonaCroatia
Mohamed SalahLiverpoolEgypt
Sergio RamosReal MadridSpain
Luis SuarezBarcelonaUruguay
Raphael VaraneReal MadridFrance

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.



Portuguese player Cristiano Ronaldo and Argentine Lionel Messi are the only players in the history of football who have won the award for a record five times each.


Winners

YearPlayerNationalityClub
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


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