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The "Ballon d'Or", "The Golden Ball", referred to as the European Footballer of the Year award, is an annual association football award. It is presented to the player who has been considered to have performed the best over the previous calendar year. The award was conceived by France Football's chief magazine writer Gabriel Hanot, who asked his colleagues to vote for the player of the year in Europe in 1956. The inaugural winner was Stanley Matthews of Blackpool.[1]

Originally, journalists could only vote for European players at European clubs, meaning that players like Diego Maradona and Pelé were ineligible for the award.[2] In 1995, there was a change in the rules to allow non-European players to be eligible for the award if they played for a European club. The first non-European to win after the rule change was Milan's George Weah in the same year.[3] The rules were changed again in 2007 so that players of any nationality and from any club around the world could be eligible for the award. As a result, the number of journalists allowed to vote also increased; 96 journalists from around the world chose their top five players, as opposed to the 52 Europe based journalists in 2006.[4]

Three players have won the award three times each: Johan Cruyff, Michel Platini, and Marco van Basten. Platini is the only player to have won the award three times in a row; he won the award from 1983 to 1985.[1] Ronaldo became the first Brazilian to win the award in 1997, after non-Europeans were made eligible.[3] With seven awards each, Dutch and German players have won the Ballon d'Or the most. Italian clubs Juventus and Milan have had the most winners; six players have won eight awards while playing for the club.[5] The most recent recipient of the Ballon d'Or is Lionel Messi, turning to be the third Argentinean to win the award, but the first as an Argentinean citizen.[6]

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Winners

Kevin Keegan, who won the award in 1978 and 1979.
Franz Beckenbauer, who won the award twice.
Johan Cruyff won Ballons d'Or as player and manager.
Michel Platini won three Ballons d'Or in succession.
Ronaldo, two-time winner of the Ballon d'Or & youngest winner 1997.
Lionel Messi is the current holder of the Ballon d'Or.
Year Place Player Nationality Club Points Notes
1956 1st Stanley Matthews  England England Blackpool 047
2nd Alfredo di Stéfano  Spain Spain Real Madrid 044 [A]
3rd Raymond Kopa  France Spain Real Madrid 033
1957 1st Alfredo di Stéfano  Spain Spain Real Madrid 072 [A]
2nd Billy Wright  England England Wolverhampton Wanderers 019
3rd= Duncan Edwards  England England Manchester United 016
3rd= Raymond Kopa  France Spain Real Madrid 016
1958 1st Raymond Kopa  France Spain Real Madrid 071
2nd Helmut Rahn  West Germany West Germany Rot-Weiss Essen 040
3rd Just Fontaine  France France Stade Reims 023
1959 1st Alfredo di Stéfano  Spain Spain Real Madrid 080 [A]
2nd Raymond Kopa  France Spain Real Madrid 042
3rd John Charles  Wales Italy Juventus 024
1960 1st Luis Suárez  Spain Spain Barcelona 054
2nd Ferenc Puskás  Hungary Spain Real Madrid 037
3rd Uwe Seeler  West Germany West Germany Hamburg 033
1961 1st Omar Sívori  Italy Italy Juventus 046 [B]
2nd Luis Suárez  Spain Italy Internazionale 040
3rd Johnny Haynes  England England Fulham 022
1962 1st Josef Masopust  Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia Dukla Prague 065
2nd Eusébio  Portugal Portugal Benfica 053
3rd Karl-Heinz Schnellinger  West Germany West Germany Köln 033
1963 1st Lev Yashin  Soviet Union Soviet Union Dynamo Moscow 073
2nd Gianni Rivera  Italy Italy Milan 055
3rd Jimmy Greaves  England England Tottenham Hotspur 050
1964 1st Denis Law  Scotland England Manchester United 061
2nd Luis Suárez  Spain Italy Internazionale 043
3rd Amancio  Spain Spain Real Madrid 038
1965 1st Eusébio  Portugal Portugal Benfica 067
2nd Giacinto Facchetti  Italy Italy Internazionale 059
3rd Luis Suárez  Spain Italy Internazionale 045
1966 1st Bobby Charlton  England England Manchester United 081
2nd Eusébio  Portugal Portugal Benfica 080
3rd Franz Beckenbauer  West Germany West Germany Bayern Munich 059
1967 1st Flórián Albert  Hungary Hungary Ferencváros 068
2nd Bobby Charlton  England England Manchester United 040
3rd Jimmy Johnstone  Scotland Scotland Celtic 039
1968 1st George Best  Northern Ireland England Manchester United 061
2nd Bobby Charlton  England England Manchester United 053
3rd Dragan Džajić  Yugoslavia Yugoslavia Red Star Belgrade 046
1969 1st Gianni Rivera  Italy Italy Milan 083
2nd Luigi Riva  Italy Italy Cagliari 079
3rd Gerd Müller  West Germany West Germany Bayern Munich 038
1970 1st Gerd Müller  West Germany West Germany Bayern Munich 077
2nd Bobby Moore  England England West Ham United 070
3rd Luigi Riva  Italy Italy Cagliari 065
1971 1st Johan Cruyff  Netherlands Netherlands Ajax 116
2nd Sandro Mazzola  Italy Italy Internazionale 057
3rd George Best  Northern Ireland England Manchester United 056
1972 1st Franz Beckenbauer  West Germany West Germany Bayern Munich 081
2nd= Gerd Müller  West Germany West Germany Bayern Munich 079
2nd= Günter Netzer  West Germany West Germany Borussia Mönchengladbach 079
1973 1st Johan Cruyff  Netherlands Spain Barcelona 096 [C]
2nd Dino Zoff  Italy Italy Juventus 047
3rd Gerd Müller  West Germany West Germany Bayern Munich 044
1974 1st Johan Cruyff  Netherlands Spain Barcelona 116
2nd Franz Beckenbauer  West Germany West Germany Bayern Munich 105
3rd Kazimierz Deyna  Poland Poland Legia Warsaw 035
1975 1st Oleg Blokhin  Soviet Union Soviet Union Dynamo Kyiv 122
2nd Franz Beckenbauer  West Germany West Germany Bayern Munich 042
3rd Johan Cruyff  Netherlands Spain Barcelona 027
1976 1st Franz Beckenbauer  West Germany West Germany Bayern Munich 091
2nd Rob Rensenbrink  Netherlands Belgium Anderlecht 075
3rd Ivo Viktor  Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia Dukla Prague 052
1977 1st Allan Simonsen  Denmark Germany Borussia Mönchengladbach 074
2nd Kevin Keegan  England Germany Hamburg 071
3rd Michel Platini  France France Nancy 070
1978 1st Kevin Keegan  England Germany Hamburg 087
2nd Hans Krankl  Austria Spain Barcelona 081
3rd Rob Rensenbrink  Netherlands Belgium Anderlecht 050
1979 1st Kevin Keegan  England Germany Hamburg 118
2nd Karl-Heinz Rummenigge  West Germany West Germany Bayern Munich 052
3rd Ruud Krol  Netherlands Netherlands Ajax 041
1980 1st Karl-Heinz Rummenigge  West Germany West Germany Bayern Munich 122
2nd Bernd Schuster  West Germany Spain Barcelona 034
3rd Michel Platini  France France Saint-Étienne 033
1981 1st Karl-Heinz Rummenigge  West Germany West Germany Bayern Munich 106
2nd Paul Breitner  West Germany West Germany Bayern Munich 064
3rd Bernd Schuster  West Germany Spain Barcelona 039
1982 1st Paolo Rossi  Italy Italy Juventus 115
2nd Alain Giresse  France France Bordeaux 064
3rd Zbigniew Boniek  Poland Italy Juventus 053
1983 1st Michel Platini  France Italy Juventus 110
2nd Kenny Dalglish  Scotland England Liverpool 026
3rd Allan Simonsen  Denmark Denmark Vejle 025
1984 1st Michel Platini  France Italy Juventus 128
2nd Jean Tigana  France France Bordeaux 057
3rd Preben Elkjær  Denmark Italy Verona 048
1985 1st Michel Platini  France Italy Juventus 127
2nd Preben Elkjær  Denmark Italy Verona 071
3rd Bernd Schuster  West Germany Spain Barcelona 046
1986 1st Igor Belanov  Soviet Union Soviet Union Dynamo Kyiv 084
2nd Gary Lineker  England Spain Barcelona 062 [D]
3rd Emilio Butragueño  Spain Spain Real Madrid 059
1987 1st Ruud Gullit  Netherlands Italy Milan 106 [E]
2nd Paulo Futre  Portugal Spain Atlético Madrid 091
3rd Emilio Butragueño  Spain Spain Real Madrid 061
1988 1st Marco van Basten  Netherlands Italy Milan 129
2nd Ruud Gullit  Netherlands Italy Milan 088
3rd Frank Rijkaard  Netherlands Italy Milan 045
1989 1st Marco van Basten  Netherlands Italy Milan 119
2nd Franco Baresi  Italy Italy Milan 080
3rd Frank Rijkaard  Netherlands Italy Milan 043
1990 1st Lothar Matthäus  Germany Italy Internazionale 137
2nd Salvatore Schillaci  Italy Italy Juventus 084
3rd Andreas Brehme  Germany Italy Internazionale 068
1991 1st Jean-Pierre Papin  France France Marseille 141
2nd= Dejan Savićević  Yugoslavia Yugoslavia Red Star Belgrade 042
2nd= Darko Pančev  Yugoslavia Yugoslavia Red Star Belgrade 042
2nd= Lothar Matthäus  Germany Italy Internazionale 042
1992 1st Marco van Basten  Netherlands Italy Milan 098
2nd Hristo Stoichkov  Bulgaria Spain Barcelona 080
3rd Dennis Bergkamp  Netherlands Netherlands Ajax 053
1993 1st Roberto Baggio  Italy Italy Juventus 142
2nd Dennis Bergkamp  Netherlands Italy Internazionale 083
3rd Eric Cantona  France England Manchester United 034
1994 1st Hristo Stoichkov  Bulgaria Spain Barcelona 210
2nd Roberto Baggio  Italy Italy Juventus 136
3rd Paolo Maldini  Italy Italy Milan 109
1995 1st George Weah  Liberia Italy Milan 144 [F]
2nd Jürgen Klinsmann  Germany Germany Bayern Munich 108
3rd Jari Litmanen  Finland Netherlands Ajax 067
1996 1st Matthias Sammer  Germany Germany Borussia Dortmund 144
2nd Ronaldo  Brazil Spain Barcelona 143
3rd Alan Shearer  England England Newcastle United 107
1997 1st Ronaldo  Brazil Italy Internazionale 222 [G]
2nd Predrag Mijatović  Yugoslavia Spain Real Madrid 068
3rd Zinedine Zidane  France Italy Juventus 063
1998 1st Zinedine Zidane  France Italy Juventus 244
2nd Davor Šuker  Croatia Spain Real Madrid 068
3rd Ronaldo  Brazil Italy Internazionale 066
1999 1st Rivaldo  Brazil Spain Barcelona 219
2nd David Beckham  England England Manchester United 154
3rd Andriy Shevchenko  Ukraine Italy Milan 064
2000 1st Luís Figo  Portugal Spain Real Madrid 197 [H]
2nd Zinedine Zidane  France Italy Juventus 181
3rd Andriy Shevchenko  Ukraine Italy Milan 085
2001 1st Michael Owen  England England Liverpool 176
2nd Raúl  Spain Spain Real Madrid 140
3rd Oliver Kahn  Germany Germany Bayern Munich 114
2002 1st Ronaldo  Brazil Spain Real Madrid 169 [I]
2nd Roberto Carlos  Brazil Spain Real Madrid 145
3rd Oliver Kahn  Germany Germany Bayern Munich 110
2003 1st Pavel Nedvěd  Czech Republic Italy Juventus 190
2nd Thierry Henry  France England Arsenal 128
3rd Paolo Maldini  Italy Italy Milan 123
2004 1st Andriy Shevchenko  Ukraine Italy Milan 175
2nd Deco  Portugal Spain Barcelona 139 [J]
3rd Ronaldinho  Brazil Spain Barcelona 133
2005 1st Ronaldinho  Brazil Spain Barcelona 225
2nd Frank Lampard  England England Chelsea 148
3rd Steven Gerrard  England England Liverpool 142
2006 1st Fabio Cannavaro  Italy Spain Real Madrid 173 [K]
2nd Gianluigi Buffon  Italy Italy Juventus 124
3rd Thierry Henry  France England Arsenal 121
2007 1st Kaká  Brazil Italy Milan 444
2nd Cristiano Ronaldo  Portugal England Manchester United 277
3rd Lionel Messi  Argentina Spain Barcelona 255
2008 1st Cristiano Ronaldo  Portugal England Manchester United 446
2nd Lionel Messi  Argentina Spain Barcelona 281
3rd Fernando Torres  Spain England Liverpool 179
2009 1st Lionel Messi  Argentina Spain Barcelona 473
2nd Cristiano Ronaldo  Portugal Spain Real Madrid 233 [L]
3rd Xavi  Spain Spain Barcelona 170
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By player

Player Total Years
Netherlands Cruyff, JohanJohan Cruyff 3 1971, 1973, 1974
France Platini, MichelMichel Platini 3 1983, 1984, 1985
Netherlands van Basten, MarcoMarco van Basten 3 1988, 1989, 1992
Spain di Stéfano, AlfredoAlfredo di Stéfano 2 1957, 1959
Germany Beckenbauer, FranzFranz Beckenbauer 2 1972, 1976
England Keegan, KevinKevin Keegan 2 1978, 1979
Germany Rummenigge, Karl-HeinzKarl-Heinz Rummenigge 2 1980, 1981
Brazil , RonaldoRonaldo 2 1997, 2002

By country

Country Players Total
 Germany 5 7
 Netherlands 3 7
 France 4 6
 Brazil 4 5
 England 4 5
 Italy 5 5
 Portugal 3 3
 Soviet Union 3 3
 Spain 2 3
 Argentina 1 1
 Bulgaria 1 1
 Czech Republic 1 1
 Czechoslovakia 1 1
 Denmark 1 1
 Hungary 1 1
 Liberia 1 1
 Northern Ireland 1 1
 Scotland 1 1
 Ukraine 1 1

By club

Club Players Total
Italy Juventus 6 8
Italy Milan 6 8
Spain Barcelona 6 7
Spain Real Madrid 5 6
Germany Bayern Munich 3 5
England Manchester United 4 4
Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv 2 2
Italy Internazionale 2 2
Germany Hamburg 1 2
England Blackpool 1 1
Czech Republic Dukla Prague 1 1
Russia Dynamo Moscow 1 1
Portugal Benfica 1 1
Hungary Ferencváros 1 1
Netherlands Ajax 1 1
Germany Borussia Mönchengladbach 1 1
France Marseille 1 1
Germany Borussia Dortmund 1 1
England Liverpool 1 1

See also

Notes

A. a b  Despite being born in Argentina, Alfredo di Stefano acquired Spanish citizenship in 1956, and went on to play for the Spanish national football team.[7]

B. ^  Despite being born in Argentina, Omar Sívori acquired Italian citizenship in 1961, and went on to play for the Italian national football team.[8]

C. ^  Johan Cruyff was signed by Barcelona from Ajax mid-way through 1973.[9]

D. ^  Gary Lineker was signed by Barcelona from Everton mid-way through 1986.

E. ^  Ruud Gullit was signed by Milan from PSV Eindhoven mid-way through 1987.[10]

F. ^  George Weah was signed by Milan from Paris Saint-Germain mid-way through 1995.[11]

G. ^  Ronaldo was signed by Internazionale from Barcelona mid-way through 1997.[12]

H. ^  Luís Figo was signed by Real Madrid from Barcelona mid-way through 2000.[13]

I. ^  Ronaldo was signed by Real Madrid from Internazionale mid-way through 2002.[14]

J. ^  Deco was signed by Barcelona from Porto mid-way through 2004.

K. ^  Fabio Cannavaro was signed by Real Madrid from Juventus mid-way through 2006.[15]

L. ^  Cristiano Ronaldo was signed by Real Madrid from Manchester United mid-way through 2009.[16]

References

General
Specific
  1. ^ a b "Ronaldo joins legendary list". BBC Sport. 1 December 2008. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/7743176.stm. Retrieved 4 December 2008. 
  2. ^ "Matthews wins first Golden Ball". BBC Sport. 1 December 2008. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/7750881.stm. Retrieved 4 December 2008. 
  3. ^ a b "The 1990s Ballon d'Or winners". BBC Sport. 1 December 2008. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/7750898.stm. Retrieved 4 December 2008. 
  4. ^ "Kaka wins 2007 award". BBC Sport. 1 December 2008. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/7750910.stm. Retrieved 4 December 2008. 
  5. ^ "Rankings by Wins". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. 9 October 2008. http://www.rsssf.com/miscellaneous/europa-poy.html#wins. Retrieved 4 December 2008. 
  6. ^ "Messi obtiene el Balón de oro 2009=El Economista". 1 December 2009. http://eleconomista.com.mx/notas-online/deportes/2009/11/30/messi-obtiene-balon-oro-2009. Retrieved 1 December 2009. 
  7. ^ "Europe dazzled by Di Stéfano". uefa.com. Union of European Football Associations. 22 November 2004. http://www.uefa.com/uefa/history/associationweeks/association=122/newsid=255616.html. Retrieved 6 December 2008. 
  8. ^ "Juve legend Sívori dies". uefa.com. Union of European Football Associations. 18 February 2005. http://www.uefa.com/uefa/history/Obituaries/newsId=281090.html. Retrieved 6 December 2008. 
  9. ^ "Johan Cruyff". Laureus. http://www.laureus.com/winners?q=node/1084. Retrieved 6 December 2008. 
  10. ^ "Sexy football to sexy golf, Gullit shows his class". The Scotsman (Johnston Press Digital Publishing). 4 October 2008. http://thescotsman.scotsman.com/sport/Sexy-football-to-sexy-golf.4558584.jp. Retrieved 6 December 2008. 
  11. ^ Harris, Nick (7 December 2004). "George Weah: favourite to win biggest battle - leading his country off the field". The Independent (Associated Press). http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/profiles/george-weah-favourite-to-win-biggest-battle--leading-his-country-off-the-field-679006.html. Retrieved 6 December 2008. 
  12. ^ "Fast facts on Ronaldo". Sports Illustrated. Reuters. 31 August 2002. http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/soccer/news/2002/08/31/ronaldo_facts_reuters/. Retrieved 6 December 2008. 
  13. ^ Nash, Elizabeth (25 July 2000). "Figo defects to Real Madrid for record £37.2m". The Independent (Associated Press). http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/internationals/figo-defects-to-real-madrid-for-record-pound372m-709465.html. Retrieved 6 December 2008. 
  14. ^ "Real ropes Ronaldo". Sports Illustrated. Associated Press. 31 August 2002. http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/soccer/news/2002/08/31/ronaldo_madrid_ap/. Retrieved 6 December 2008. 
  15. ^ "Real sign Cannavaro and Emerson". BBC Sport. 19 July 2006. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/europe/5169176.stm. Retrieved 6 December 2008. 
  16. ^ "Man Utd accept £80m Ronaldo bid". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 11 June 2009. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/m/man_utd/8094720.stm. Retrieved 11 June 2009. 

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The "Ballon d'Or", "The Golden Ball", referred to as the European Footballer of the Year award, is an annual association football award. It is presented to the player who has been considered to have performed the best over the previous calendar year. The award was conceived by France Football's chief magazine writer Gabriel Hanot, who asked his colleagues to vote for the player of the year in Europe in 1956. The inaugural winner was Stanley Matthews of Blackpool.[1]

Originally, journalists could only vote for European players at European clubs, meaning that players like Diego Maradona and Pelé were ineligible for the award.[2] In 1995, there was a change in the rules to allow non-European players to be eligible for the award if they played for a European club. The first non-European to win after the rule change was Milan's George Weah in the same year.[3] The rules were changed again in 2007 so that players of any nationality and from any club around the world could be eligible for the award. As a result, the number of journalists allowed to vote also increased; 96 journalists from around the world chose their top five players, as opposed to the 52 Europe based journalists in 2006.[4]

Three players have won the award three times each: Johan Cruyff, Michel Platini, and Marco van Basten. Platini is the only player to have won the award three times in a row; he won the award from 1983 to 1985.[1] Ronaldo became the first Brazilian to win the award in 1997, after non-Europeans were made eligible.[3] With seven awards each, Dutch and German players have won the Ballon d'Or the most. Italian clubs Juventus and Milan have had the most winners; six players have won eight awards while playing for the club.[5] The most recent recipient of the Ballon d'Or is Lionel Messi, the third Argentine to win the award, but the first as an Argentine citizen.[6]

Since 2010, the Ballon d'Or and the FIFA World Player of the Year award have been merged. The world’s best player will be awarded the FIFA Ballon d’Or each year.[7]

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Winners

File:Kevin
Kevin Keegan, who won the award in 1978 and 1979.

[[File:|thumb|upright|Johan Cruyff won Ballons d'Or as player and manager.]]

File:Platini
Michel Platini won three Ballons d'Or in succession.

[[File:|thumb|upright|Ronaldo, two-time winner of the Ballon d'Or & youngest winner 1997.]] [[File:|thumb|upright|Lionel Messi is the current holder of the Ballon d'Or.]]

Year Place Player Nationality Club Points Notes
1956 1st Stanley Matthews  England Blackpool 047
2nd Alfredo Di Stéfano  Spain Real Madrid 044 [A]
3rd Raymond Kopa  France Real Madrid 033
1957 1st Alfredo Di Stéfano  Spain Real Madrid 072 [A]
2nd Billy Wright  England Wolverhampton Wanderers 019
3rd= Duncan Edwards  England Manchester United 016
3rd= Raymond Kopa  France Real Madrid 016
1958 1st Raymond Kopa  France Real Madrid 071
2nd Helmut Rahn  West Germany Rot-Weiss Essen 040
3rd Just Fontaine  France Stade Reims 023
1959 1st Alfredo Di Stéfano  Spain Real Madrid 080 [A]
2nd Raymond Kopa  France Real Madrid 042
3rd John Charles  Wales Juventus 024
1960 1st Luis Suárez  Spain Barcelona 054
2nd Ferenc Puskás File:Flag of Hungary (1957-1989).svg Hungary Real Madrid 037
3rd Uwe Seeler  West Germany Hamburg 033
1961 1st Omar Sívori  Italy Juventus 046 [B]
2nd Luis Suárez  Spain Internazionale 040
3rd Johnny Haynes  England Fulham 022
1962 1st Josef Masopust  Czechoslovakia Dukla Prague 065
2nd Eusébio  Portugal Benfica 053
3rd Karl-Heinz Schnellinger  West Germany Köln 033
1963 1st Lev Yashin  Soviet Union Dynamo Moscow 073
2nd Gianni Rivera  Italy Milan 055
3rd Jimmy Greaves  England Tottenham Hotspur 050
1964 1st Denis Law  Scotland Manchester United 061
2nd Luis Suárez  Spain Internazionale 043
3rd Amancio  Spain Real Madrid 038
1965 1st Eusébio  Portugal Benfica 067
2nd Giacinto Facchetti  Italy Internazionale 059
3rd Luis Suárez  Spain Internazionale 045
1966 1st Bobby Charlton  England Manchester United 081
2nd Eusébio  Portugal Benfica 080
3rd Franz Beckenbauer  West Germany Bayern Munich 059
1967 1st Flórián Albert  Hungary Ferencváros 068
2nd Bobby Charlton  England Manchester United 040
3rd Jimmy Johnstone  Scotland Celtic 039
1968 1st George Best  Northern Ireland Manchester United 061
2nd Bobby Charlton  England Manchester United 053
3rd Dragan Džajić  Yugoslavia Red Star Belgrade 046
1969 1st Gianni Rivera  Italy Milan 083
2nd Luigi Riva  Italy Cagliari 079
3rd Gerd Müller  West Germany Bayern Munich 038
1970 1st Gerd Müller  West Germany Bayern Munich 077
2nd Bobby Moore  England West Ham United 070
3rd Luigi Riva  Italy Cagliari 065
1971 1st Johan Cruyff  Netherlands Ajax 116
2nd Sandro Mazzola  Italy Internazionale 057
3rd George Best  Northern Ireland Manchester United 056
1972 1st Franz Beckenbauer  West Germany Bayern Munich 081
2nd= Gerd Müller  West Germany Bayern Munich 079
2nd= Günter Netzer  West Germany Borussia Mönchengladbach 079
1973 1st Johan Cruyff  Netherlands Barcelona 096 [C]
2nd Dino Zoff  Italy Juventus 047
3rd Gerd Müller  West Germany Bayern Munich 044
1974 1st Johan Cruyff  Netherlands Barcelona 116
2nd Franz Beckenbauer  West Germany Bayern Munich 105
3rd Kazimierz Deyna  Poland Legia Warsaw 035
1975 1st Oleg Blokhin  Soviet Union Dynamo Kyiv 122
2nd Franz Beckenbauer  West Germany Bayern Munich 042
3rd Johan Cruyff  Netherlands Barcelona 027
1976 1st Franz Beckenbauer  West Germany Bayern Munich 091
2nd Rob Rensenbrink  Netherlands File:Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Anderlecht 075
3rd Ivo Viktor  Czechoslovakia Dukla Prague 052
1977 1st Allan Simonsen  Denmark Borussia Mönchengladbach 074
2nd Kevin Keegan  England Hamburg 071
3rd Michel Platini  France Nancy 070
1978 1st Kevin Keegan  England Hamburg 087
2nd Hans Krankl  Austria Barcelona 081
3rd Rob Rensenbrink  Netherlands File:Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Anderlecht 050
1979 1st Kevin Keegan  England Hamburg 118
2nd Karl-Heinz Rummenigge  West Germany Bayern Munich 052
3rd Ruud Krol  Netherlands Ajax 041
1980 1st Karl-Heinz Rummenigge  West Germany Bayern Munich 122
2nd Bernd Schuster  West Germany Barcelona 034
3rd Michel Platini  France Saint-Étienne 033
1981 1st Karl-Heinz Rummenigge  West Germany Bayern Munich 106
2nd Paul Breitner  West Germany Bayern Munich 064
3rd Bernd Schuster  West Germany Barcelona 039
1982 1st Paolo Rossi  Italy Juventus 115
2nd Alain Giresse  France Bordeaux 064
3rd Zbigniew Boniek  Poland Juventus 053
1983 1st Michel Platini  France Juventus 110
2nd Kenny Dalglish  Scotland Liverpool 026
3rd Allan Simonsen  Denmark Vejle 025
1984 1st Michel Platini  France Juventus 128
2nd Jean Tigana  France Bordeaux 057
3rd Preben Elkjær  Denmark Verona 048
1985 1st Michel Platini  France Juventus 127
2nd Preben Elkjær  Denmark Verona 071
3rd Bernd Schuster  West Germany Barcelona 046
1986 1st Igor Belanov  Soviet Union Dynamo Kyiv 084
2nd Gary Lineker  England Barcelona 062 [D]
3rd Emilio Butragueño  Spain Real Madrid 059
1987 1st Ruud Gullit  Netherlands Milan 106 [E]
2nd Paulo Futre  Portugal Atlético Madrid 091
3rd Emilio Butragueño  Spain Real Madrid 061
1988 1st Marco van Basten  Netherlands Milan 129
2nd Ruud Gullit  Netherlands Milan 088
3rd Frank Rijkaard  Netherlands Milan 045
1989 1st Marco van Basten  Netherlands Milan 119
2nd Franco Baresi  Italy Milan 080
3rd Frank Rijkaard  Netherlands Milan 043
1990 1st Lothar Matthäus  Germany Internazionale 137
2nd Salvatore Schillaci  Italy Juventus 084
3rd Andreas Brehme  Germany Internazionale 068
1991 1st Jean-Pierre Papin  France Marseille 141
2nd= Dejan Savićević  Yugoslavia Red Star Belgrade 042
2nd= Darko Pančev  Yugoslavia Red Star Belgrade 042
2nd= Lothar Matthäus  Germany Internazionale 042
1992 1st Marco van Basten  Netherlands Milan 098
2nd Hristo Stoichkov  Bulgaria Barcelona 080
3rd Dennis Bergkamp  Netherlands Ajax 053
1993 1st Roberto Baggio  Italy Juventus 142
2nd Dennis Bergkamp  Netherlands Internazionale 083
3rd Eric Cantona  France Manchester United 034
1994 1st Hristo Stoichkov  Bulgaria Barcelona 210
2nd Roberto Baggio  Italy Juventus 136
3rd Paolo Maldini  Italy Milan 109
1995 1st George Weah  Liberia Milan 144 [F]
2nd Jürgen Klinsmann  Germany Bayern Munich 108
3rd Jari Litmanen  Finland Ajax 067
1996 1st Matthias Sammer  Germany Borussia Dortmund 144
2nd Ronaldo  Brazil Barcelona 143
3rd Alan Shearer  England Newcastle United 107
1997 1st Ronaldo  Brazil Internazionale 222 [G]
2nd Predrag Mijatović  Yugoslavia Real Madrid 068
3rd Zinedine Zidane  France Juventus 063
1998 1st Zinedine Zidane  France Juventus 244
2nd Davor Šuker  Croatia Real Madrid 068
3rd Ronaldo  Brazil Internazionale 066
1999 1st Rivaldo  Brazil Barcelona 219
2nd David Beckham  England Manchester United 154
3rd Andriy Shevchenko  Ukraine Milan 064
2000 1st Luís Figo  Portugal Real Madrid 197 [H]
2nd Zinedine Zidane  France Juventus 181
3rd Andriy Shevchenko  Ukraine Milan 085
2001 1st Michael Owen  England Liverpool 176
2nd Raúl  Spain Real Madrid 140
3rd Oliver Kahn  Germany Bayern Munich 114
2002 1st Ronaldo  Brazil Real Madrid 169 [I]
2nd Roberto Carlos  Brazil Real Madrid 145
3rd Oliver Kahn  Germany Bayern Munich 110
2003 1st Pavel Nedvěd  Czech Republic Juventus 190
2nd Thierry Henry  France Arsenal 128
3rd Paolo Maldini  Italy Milan 123
2004 1st Andriy Shevchenko  Ukraine Milan 175
2nd Deco  Portugal Barcelona 139 [J]
3rd Ronaldinho  Brazil Barcelona 133
2005 1st Ronaldinho  Brazil Barcelona 225
2nd Frank Lampard  England Chelsea 148
3rd Steven Gerrard  England Liverpool 142
2006 1st Fabio Cannavaro  Italy Real Madrid 173 [K]
2nd Gianluigi Buffon  Italy Juventus 124
3rd Thierry Henry  France Arsenal 121
2007 1st Kaká  Brazil Milan 444
2nd Cristiano Ronaldo  Portugal Manchester United 277
3rd Lionel Messi  Argentina Barcelona 255
2008 1st Cristiano Ronaldo  Portugal Manchester United 446
2nd Lionel Messi  Argentina Barcelona 281
3rd Fernando Torres  Spain Liverpool 179
2009 1st Lionel Messi  Argentina Barcelona 473
2nd Cristiano Ronaldo  Portugal Real Madrid 233 [L]
3rd Xavi  Spain Barcelona 170

By player

Player Total Years
Cruyff, JohanJohan Cruyff 3 1971, 1973, 1974
Platini, MichelMichel Platini 3 1983, 1984, 1985
van Basten, MarcoMarco van Basten 3 1988, 1989, 1992
Di Stéfano, AlfredoAlfredo Di Stéfano 2 1957, 1959
Beckenbauer, FranzFranz Beckenbauer 2 1972, 1976
Keegan, KevinKevin Keegan 2 1978, 1979
Rummenigge, Karl-HeinzKarl-Heinz Rummenigge 2 1980, 1981
, RonaldoRonaldo 2 1997, 2002

By country

Country Players Total
 Germany 5 7
 Netherlands 3 7
 France 4 6
 Brazil 4 5
 England 4 5
 Italy 5 5
 Portugal 3 3
 Soviet Union 3 3
 Spain 2 3
 Argentina 1 1
 Bulgaria 1 1
 Czech Republic 1 1
 Czechoslovakia 1 1
 Denmark 1 1
 Hungary 1 1
 Liberia 1 1
 Northern Ireland 1 1
 Scotland 1 1
 Ukraine 1 1

By club

Club Players Total
Juventus 6 8
Milan 6 8
Barcelona 6 8
Real Madrid 5 6
Bayern Munich 3 5
Manchester United 4 4
Dynamo Kyiv 2 2
Internazionale 2 2
Hamburg 1 2
Blackpool 1 1
Dukla Prague 1 1
Dynamo Moscow 1 1
Benfica 1 1
Ferencváros 1 1
Ajax 1 1
Borussia Mönchengladbach 1 1
Marseille 1 1
Borussia Dortmund 1 1
Liverpool 1 1

See also

Notes

A. a b Despite being born in Argentina, Alfredo Di Stefano acquired Spanish citizenship in 1956, and went on to play for the Spanish national football team.[8]

B. ^ Despite being born in Argentina, Omar Sívori acquired Italian citizenship in 1961, and went on to play for the Italian national football team.[9]

C. ^ Johan Cruyff was signed by Barcelona from Ajax mid-way through 1973.[10]

D. ^ Gary Lineker was signed by Barcelona from Everton mid-way through 1986.

E. ^ Ruud Gullit was signed by Milan from PSV Eindhoven mid-way through 1987.[11]

F. ^ George Weah was signed by Milan from Paris Saint-Germain mid-way through 1995.[12]

G. ^ Ronaldo was signed by Internazionale from Barcelona mid-way through 1997.[13]

H. ^ Luís Figo was signed by Real Madrid from Barcelona mid-way through 2000.[14]

I. ^ Ronaldo was signed by Real Madrid from Internazionale mid-way through 2002.[15]

J. ^ Deco was signed by Barcelona from Porto mid-way through 2004.

K. ^ Fabio Cannavaro was signed by Real Madrid from Juventus mid-way through 2006.[16]

L. ^ Cristiano Ronaldo was signed by Real Madrid from Manchester United mid-way through 2009.[17]

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