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Ballon d'Or 2021

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 2020 dates


The 2020 Ballon d'Or will be awarded in the December month, 2020.


Ballon d'Or 2020 Power Rankings


PlayerClub
Robert LewandowskiBayern Munich
Kevin de BruyneManchester City
Lionel MessiBarcelona
Cristiano RonaldoJuventus
Karim BenzemaReal Madrid
Virgil van DijkLiverpool
NeymarParis Saint-Germain
Kylian MbappeParis Saint-Germain
Thomas MullerBayern Munich
Sadio ManeLiverpool


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 six times followed by the Portuguese player Cristiano Ronaldo who has won the award five times


Ballon d'Or Winners


YearPlayerNationalityClub
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


Who won the 2019 Ballon d'Or?


Lionel Messi won the Ballon d'Or 2019 for the 6th 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 6 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.

“He’s had an important year in his career” - Angel Di Maria picks his Ballon d'Or 2021 winner
“He’s had an important year in his career” - Angel Di Maria picks his Ballon d'Or 2021 winner

“He’s had an important year in his career” - Angel Di Maria picks his Ballon d'Or 2021 winner

5 sporting legends who want Karim Benzema to win the 2021 Ballon d'Or
5 sporting legends who want Karim Benzema to win the 2021 Ballon d'Or

5 sporting legends who want Karim Benzema to win the 2021 Ballon d'Or

"You all say it's a robbery" - Patrice Evra confirms the 2021 Ballon d'Or winner

"You all say it's a robbery" - Patrice Evra confirms the 2021 Ballon d'Or winner

5 legends who want Lionel Messi to win 2021 Ballon d'Or
5 legends who want Lionel Messi to win 2021 Ballon d'Or

5 legends who want Lionel Messi to win 2021 Ballon d'Or

10 legends who want Robert Lewandowski to win 2021 Ballon d'Or
10 legends who want Robert Lewandowski to win 2021 Ballon d'Or

10 legends who want Robert Lewandowski to win 2021 Ballon d'Or

5 players with the lowest transfer value to have won the Ballon d'Or since 2004
5 players with the lowest transfer value to have won the Ballon d'Or since 2004

5 players with the lowest transfer value to have won the Ballon d'Or since 2004

“Won’t be a big night of drinking” – Mason Mount explains what he would do if he somehow won the Ballon d'Or
“Won’t be a big night of drinking” – Mason Mount explains what he would do if he somehow won the Ballon d'Or

“Won’t be a big night of drinking” – Mason Mount explains what he would do if he somehow won the Ballon d'Or

Ballon d'Or: Top 5 rankings in each of the last 5 years
Ballon d'Or: Top 5 rankings in each of the last 5 years

Ballon d'Or: Top 5 rankings in each of the last 5 years

10 famous footballers who feel Lionel Messi should not win Ballon d'Or in 2021
10 famous footballers who feel Lionel Messi should not win Ballon d'Or in 2021

10 famous footballers who feel Lionel Messi should not win Ballon d'Or in 2021

The greatest XI to have won the Ballon d'Or
The greatest XI to have won the Ballon d'Or

The greatest XI to have won the Ballon d'Or

"If he doesn't get it, I'll be disappointed" - Dimitar Berbatov picks 2021 Ballon d'Or winner

"If he doesn't get it, I'll be disappointed" - Dimitar Berbatov picks 2021 Ballon d'Or winner

"Ronaldo has only one ambition, which is to retire with more Ballon d'Or wins than Messi" - Pascal Ferre on Manchester United star

"Ronaldo has only one ambition, which is to retire with more Ballon d'Or wins than Messi" - Pascal Ferre on Manchester United star

"Nobody deserves it more than he does" - Legendary goalkeeper Oliver Kahn picks his Ballon d'Or 2021 winner

"Nobody deserves it more than he does" - Legendary goalkeeper Oliver Kahn picks his Ballon d'Or 2021 winner

Robert Lewandowski wins IFFHS World’s Best Player award by beating Lionel Messi and Jorginho by 45 and 110 points respectively
Robert Lewandowski wins IFFHS World’s Best Player award by beating Lionel Messi and Jorginho by 45 and 110 points respectively

Robert Lewandowski wins IFFHS World’s Best Player award by beating Lionel Messi and Jorginho by 45 and 110 points respectively

"He deserves to win it" - Jamie Carragher picks his Ballon d'Or 2021 winner

"He deserves to win it" - Jamie Carragher picks his Ballon d'Or 2021 winner

Ranking the 5 most controversial Ballon d'Or winners in history 
Ranking the 5 most controversial Ballon d'Or winners in history 

Ranking the 5 most controversial Ballon d'Or winners in history 

"It changes nothing"- FFF President declares Karim Benzema 'remains available for selection' despite guilty verdict in criminal offense

"It changes nothing"- FFF President declares Karim Benzema 'remains available for selection' despite guilty verdict in criminal offense

Ballon d'Or 2021: 5 favourites comment on their chances
Ballon d'Or 2021: 5 favourites comment on their chances

Ballon d'Or 2021: 5 favourites comment on their chances

"A lot of players can claim it" - Chelsea superstar Mason Mount names 4 players over Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi as favorites to win the 2021 Ballon d'Or

"A lot of players can claim it" - Chelsea superstar Mason Mount names 4 players over Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi as favorites to win the 2021 Ballon d'Or

"I think it's between those" - Fabio Cannavaro names favorites to win 2021 Ballon d'Or

"I think it's between those" - Fabio Cannavaro names favorites to win 2021 Ballon d'Or

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