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FIFA World Cup Golden Ball Winners

The Golden Ball is an award given to the best player at each FIFA World Cup which are selected by the FIFA technical committee. The runner-ups are awarded with the Silver Ball and Bronze Ball respectively.


The current award was first introduced in the 1982 France World Cup and is now sponsored by 'Adidas' and 'France Football' .


YearEditionPlayerCountry
1982SpainEdilsonItaly
1986MexicoDiego MaradonaArgentina
1990ItalySalvatore SchillaciItaly
1994United StatesRomarioBrazil
1998FranceRonaldoBrazil
2002South Korea/JapanOliver KahnGermany
2006GermanyZinedane ZidaneFrance
2010South AfricaDiego ForlanUruguay
2014BrazilLionel MessiArgentina


5 players with most goals at a single FIFA World Cup 
5 players with most goals at a single FIFA World Cup 

5 players with most goals at a single FIFA World Cup 

5 players with the most Player of the Tournament awards in international tournaments
5 players with the most Player of the Tournament awards in international tournaments

5 players with the most Player of the Tournament awards in international tournaments

Stephen Curry spotted schooling Jonathan Kuminga in training camp video
Stephen Curry spotted schooling Jonathan Kuminga in training camp video

Stephen Curry spotted schooling Jonathan Kuminga in training camp video

The forgotten story of Ferenc Puskas and the Magnificient Magyars
The forgotten story of Ferenc Puskas and the Magnificient Magyars

The forgotten story of Ferenc Puskas and the Magnificient Magyars

5 players who can beat Lionel Messi to the Ballon d'Or this year
5 players who can beat Lionel Messi to the Ballon d'Or this year

5 players who can beat Lionel Messi to the Ballon d'Or this year

Grading the past Golden Boys
Grading the past Golden Boys

Grading the past Golden Boys

3 Reasons why Luka Modric is a worthy winner of the 2018 Ballon d'Or award
3 Reasons why Luka Modric is a worthy winner of the 2018 Ballon d'Or award

3 Reasons why Luka Modric is a worthy winner of the 2018 Ballon d'Or award

Who is the most deserving Ballon d'Or winner based on 2018 stats alone?
Who is the most deserving Ballon d'Or winner based on 2018 stats alone?

Who is the most deserving Ballon d'Or winner based on 2018 stats alone?

Top 4 Luka Modric Moments at the 2018 FIFA World Cup
Top 4 Luka Modric Moments at the 2018 FIFA World Cup

Top 4 Luka Modric Moments at the 2018 FIFA World Cup

Top 5 players who have the best chance of winning the Ballon d'Or
Top 5 players who have the best chance of winning the Ballon d'Or

Top 5 players who have the best chance of winning the Ballon d'Or

World Cup 2018: Top 5 attackers of the tournament
World Cup 2018: Top 5 attackers of the tournament

World Cup 2018: Top 5 attackers of the tournament

Croatia: Giant-killers on the loose
Croatia: Giant-killers on the loose

Croatia: Giant-killers on the loose

Golden Ball: History repeats itself
Golden Ball: History repeats itself

Golden Ball: History repeats itself

All the Golden Ball winners since its inception
All the Golden Ball winners since its inception

All the Golden Ball winners since its inception

World Cup 2018: Roberto Martinez, Belgium’s unsung hero
World Cup 2018: Roberto Martinez, Belgium’s unsung hero

World Cup 2018: Roberto Martinez, Belgium’s unsung hero

World Cup 2018: 5 candidates for the Golden Ball Award
World Cup 2018: 5 candidates for the Golden Ball Award

World Cup 2018: 5 candidates for the Golden Ball Award

World Cup 2018: Top 7 contenders to win the Golden Ball after the completion of group stage
World Cup 2018: Top 7 contenders to win the Golden Ball after the completion of group stage

World Cup 2018: Top 7 contenders to win the Golden Ball after the completion of group stage

World Cup 2018: 4 players who could win the Golden Ball 
World Cup 2018: 4 players who could win the Golden Ball 

World Cup 2018: 4 players who could win the Golden Ball 

World Cup 2018: 5 awards given out at the end of the tournament and who could win them
World Cup 2018: 5 awards given out at the end of the tournament and who could win them

World Cup 2018: 5 awards given out at the end of the tournament and who could win them

FIFA World Cup: Top 5 World Cup Golden Ball winners
FIFA World Cup: Top 5 World Cup Golden Ball winners

FIFA World Cup: Top 5 World Cup Golden Ball winners

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