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

Ballon d'Or Power Rankings: November 2022

"If Messi wins the Ballon d'Or, I quit football" - Cristiano Ronaldo reportedly took a dig at Lionel Messi for 'staying in a bubble' and not challenging himself at a new club
"If Messi wins the Ballon d'Or, I quit football" - Cristiano Ronaldo reportedly took a dig at Lionel Messi for 'staying in a bubble' and not challenging himself at a new club

"If Messi wins the Ballon d'Or, I quit football" - Cristiano Ronaldo reportedly took a dig at Lionel Messi for 'staying in a bubble' and not challenging himself at a new club

“I didn’t come to Barcelona to win it” – Robert Lewandowski debunks ‘lie’ about Ballon d’Or
“I didn’t come to Barcelona to win it” – Robert Lewandowski debunks ‘lie’ about Ballon d’Or

“I didn’t come to Barcelona to win it” – Robert Lewandowski debunks ‘lie’ about Ballon d’Or

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Breaking: 2022 Golden Boy awards winner announced 

Breaking: 2022 Golden Boy awards winner announced 

"Of course, I thought that I had the opportunity to win the award" - Jamal Musiala breaks silence on losing Kopa Trophy to Barcelona star Gavi
"Of course, I thought that I had the opportunity to win the award" - Jamal Musiala breaks silence on losing Kopa Trophy to Barcelona star Gavi

"Of course, I thought that I had the opportunity to win the award" - Jamal Musiala breaks silence on losing Kopa Trophy to Barcelona star Gavi

UFC light heavyweight Volkan Oezdemir reveals the words of wisdom that Soccer superstar Karim Benzema shared with him when the two met (Exclusive)
UFC light heavyweight Volkan Oezdemir reveals the words of wisdom that Soccer superstar Karim Benzema shared with him when the two met (Exclusive)

UFC light heavyweight Volkan Oezdemir reveals the words of wisdom that Soccer superstar Karim Benzema shared with him when the two met (Exclusive)

"In life, you have to be honest" - Mathieu Valbuena congratulates Karim Benzema for winning 2022 Ballon d'Or despite sex-tape scandal
"In life, you have to be honest" - Mathieu Valbuena congratulates Karim Benzema for winning 2022 Ballon d'Or despite sex-tape scandal

"In life, you have to be honest" - Mathieu Valbuena congratulates Karim Benzema for winning 2022 Ballon d'Or despite sex-tape scandal

Ranking the 5 French players who have won the Ballon d'Or
Ranking the 5 French players who have won the Ballon d'Or

Ranking the 5 French players who have won the Ballon d'Or

Top 5 teams with most Ballon d'Or wins in the 21st century
Top 5 teams with most Ballon d'Or wins in the 21st century

Top 5 teams with most Ballon d'Or wins in the 21st century

PSG superstar Neymar reacts to Karim Benzema winning the Ballon d'Or and Vinicius Jr's ranking
PSG superstar Neymar reacts to Karim Benzema winning the Ballon d'Or and Vinicius Jr's ranking

PSG superstar Neymar reacts to Karim Benzema winning the Ballon d'Or and Vinicius Jr's ranking

"They won’t deny you of your future Ballon d'Or" - Bayern Munich star backs Jamal Musiala after Gavi wins Kopa Trophy
"They won’t deny you of your future Ballon d'Or" - Bayern Munich star backs Jamal Musiala after Gavi wins Kopa Trophy

"They won’t deny you of your future Ballon d'Or" - Bayern Munich star backs Jamal Musiala after Gavi wins Kopa Trophy

3 French young players who could possibly win the Ballon d'Or trophy in the near future
3 French young players who could possibly win the Ballon d'Or trophy in the near future

3 French young players who could possibly win the Ballon d'Or trophy in the near future

Real Madrid Transfer News Roundup: German midfielder to leave club next summer, and more - October 18, 2022
Real Madrid Transfer News Roundup: German midfielder to leave club next summer, and more - October 18, 2022

Real Madrid Transfer News Roundup: German midfielder to leave club next summer, and more - October 18, 2022

Alexis Putellas documentary: Release date and how to watch Barcelona star’s 3-episode series
Alexis Putellas documentary: Release date and how to watch Barcelona star’s 3-episode series

Alexis Putellas documentary: Release date and how to watch Barcelona star’s 3-episode series

Carlos Alcaraz congratulates Real Madrid's Karim Benzema and Barcelona's Alexia Putellas on winning Ballon d'Or 
Carlos Alcaraz congratulates Real Madrid's Karim Benzema and Barcelona's Alexia Putellas on winning Ballon d'Or 

Carlos Alcaraz congratulates Real Madrid's Karim Benzema and Barcelona's Alexia Putellas on winning Ballon d'Or 

Iker Casillas unhappy that Real Madrid superstar didn't secure podium finish for 2022 Ballon d'Or
Iker Casillas unhappy that Real Madrid superstar didn't secure podium finish for 2022 Ballon d'Or

Iker Casillas unhappy that Real Madrid superstar didn't secure podium finish for 2022 Ballon d'Or

“In a world full of Ronaldo and Messi fans, I was a Karim Benzema fan” – Thierry Henry says people laughed at him for believing that Karim Benzema will win Ballon d'Or
“In a world full of Ronaldo and Messi fans, I was a Karim Benzema fan” – Thierry Henry says people laughed at him for believing that Karim Benzema will win Ballon d'Or

“In a world full of Ronaldo and Messi fans, I was a Karim Benzema fan” – Thierry Henry says people laughed at him for believing that Karim Benzema will win Ballon d'Or

“We looked at each other and laughed” – Real Madrid star reacts to Manchester City winning best club award at Ballon d’Or gala
“We looked at each other and laughed” – Real Madrid star reacts to Manchester City winning best club award at Ballon d’Or gala

“We looked at each other and laughed” – Real Madrid star reacts to Manchester City winning best club award at Ballon d’Or gala

“I’ve been around him and I know what he’s worth” – Zinedine Zidane hails Karim Benzema as best ever French striker ahead of 2 legends after Ballon d'Or triumph
“I’ve been around him and I know what he’s worth” – Zinedine Zidane hails Karim Benzema as best ever French striker ahead of 2 legends after Ballon d'Or triumph

“I’ve been around him and I know what he’s worth” – Zinedine Zidane hails Karim Benzema as best ever French striker ahead of 2 legends after Ballon d'Or triumph

Ballon d'Or 2022: 5 players who were ranked too low
Ballon d'Or 2022: 5 players who were ranked too low

Ballon d'Or 2022: 5 players who were ranked too low

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