Ballon d’Or: Full list of men’s award winners from 1956 to 2021 – SportsMediaz


Ballon d’Or is an annual award, presented by the French magazine France Football, regarded as the most prestigious individual honour in the sport.

The 2022 Ballon d’Or awards ceremony will take place at the Theatre du Chatelet in Paris on Monday, October 17.

Karim Benzema of France is expected to win the Ballon d’Or this time. Last season, the Real Madrid superstar scored 27 goals in La Liga and 15 goals in the Champions League, propelling Real Madrid to its 14th UCL title.

In 2021, Lionel Messi won the award for a record seventh time.

The elite accolade was presented for the first time in 1956 and the tradition has continued ever since. England’s Stanley Matthews was the first-ever recipient of the award.

Here’s a look at the full list of men’s Ballon d’Or winners since 1956:

  • ⦿Year / Player / (Club)
  • ⦿1956: Stanley Matthews (Blackpool)
  • ⦿1957: Alfredo Di Stefano (Real Madrid)
  • ⦿1958: Raymond Kopa (Real Madrid)
  • ⦿1959: Alfredo Di Stefano (Real Madrid)
  • ⦿1960: Luis Suarez (Barcelona)
  • ⦿1961: Omar Sivori (Juventus)
  • ⦿1962: Josef Masopust (Dukla Prague)
  • ⦿1963: Lev Yashin (Dynamo Moscow)
  • ⦿1964: Denis Law (Manchester United)
  • ⦿1965: Eusebio (Benfica)
  • ⦿1966: Bobby Charlton (Manchester United)
  • ⦿1967: Florian Albert (Ferencvaros)
  • ⦿1968: George Best (Manchester United)
  • ⦿1969: Gianni Rivera (AC Milan)
  • ⦿1970: Gerd Muller (Bayern Munich)
  • ⦿1971: Johan Cruyff (Ajax)
  • ⦿1972: Franz Beckenbauer (Bayern Munich)
  • ⦿1973: Johan Cruyff (Barcelona)
  • ⦿1974: Johan Cruyff (Barcelona)
  • ⦿1975: Oleg Blokhin (Dynamo Kyiv)
  • ⦿1976: Franz Beckenbauer (Bayern Munich)
  • ⦿1977: Allan Simonsen (Borussia Monchengladbach)
  • ⦿1978: Kevin Keegan (Hamburg)
  • ⦿1979: Kevin Keegan (Hamburg)
  • ⦿1980: Karl-Heinz Rummenigge (Bayern Munich)
  • ⦿1981: Karl-Heinz Rummenigge (Bayern Munich)
  • ⦿1982: Paolo Rossi (Juventus)
  • ⦿1983: Michel Platini (Juventus)
  • ⦿1984: Michel Platini (Juventus)
  • ⦿1985: Michel Platini (Juventus)
  • ⦿1986: Igor Belanov (Dynamo Kyiv)
  • ⦿1987: Ruud Gullit (AC Milan)
  • ⦿1988: Marco van Basten (AC Milan)
  • ⦿1989: Marco van Basten (AC Milan)
  • ⦿1990: Lothar Matthaus (Internazionale)
  • ⦿1991: Jean-Pierre Papin (Marseille)
  • ⦿1992: Marco van Basten (AC Milan)
  • ⦿1993: Roberto Baggio (Juventus)
  • ⦿1994: Hristo Stoichkov (Barcelona)
  • ⦿1995: George Weah (AC Milan)
  • ⦿1996: Matthias Sammer (Borussia Dortmund)
  • ⦿1997: Ronaldo (Internazionale)
  • ⦿1998: Zinedine Zidane (Juventus)
  • ⦿1999: Rivaldo (Barcelona)
  • ⦿2000: Luis Figo (Real Madrid)
  • ⦿2001: Michael Owen (Liverpool)
  • ⦿2002: Ronaldo (Real Madrid)
  • ⦿2003: Pavel Nedved (Juventus)
  • ⦿2004: Andriy Shevchenko (AC Milan)
  • ⦿2005: Ronaldinho (Barcelona)
  • ⦿2006: Fabio Cannavaro (Real Madrid)
  • ⦿2007: Kaka (Milan)
  • ⦿2008: Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United)
  • ⦿2009: Lionel Messi (Barcelona)
  • ⦿2010: Lionel Messi (Barcelona)
  • ⦿2011: Lionel Messi (Barcelona)
  • ⦿2012: Lionel Messi (Barcelona)
  • ⦿2013: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)
  • ⦿2014: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)
  • ⦿2015: Lionel Messi (Barcelona)
  • ⦿2016: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)
  • ⦿2017: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)
  • ⦿2018: Luka Modric (Real Madrid)
  • ⦿2019: Lionel Messi (Barcelona)
  • ⦿2020: Cancelled
  • ⦿2021: Lionel Messi (Paris Saint-Germain)

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