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Lionel Messi Bags Ballon d'Or Number 7, Plus All Winners List (1956 - 2021)

Conceived by sports writer Gabriel Hanot, the Ballon d'Or award originally honoured the male player deemed to have performed the best over the previous year, based on voting by football journalists, from 1956 to 2006. 

After 2007, coaches and captains of national teams were also given the right to vote. Originally it was an award for players from Europe. In 1995 the Ballon d'Or was expanded to include all players from any origin that have been active at European clubs. The award became a global prize in 2007 with all professional footballers from around the world being eligible.

Following stellar campaign for Argentina at the Copa America in 2021, Lionel Messi scooped his record-breaking seventh career Ballon d'Or. The Argentine managed five goals and four assists in the Copa America, leading the country to glory.

In 2018 a Women's Ballon d'Or was introduced. It was first awarded to Ada Hegerberg of Norway becoming the inaugural recipient of the award. The 2021 Women's Ballon d'Or was awarded to FC Barcelona Captain Alexia Putellas who was remarkable as the Catalans won the Champions League.

Ballon d'Or Winners List

Ballon d'Or All Winners List (1956 - 2021)

Year

Player

Nationality

Club

2021

 Lionel Messi

Argentina 

PSG 

2020

Not Awarded

 

 

2019

Lionel Messi

Argentina

FC Barcelona

2018

Luka Modric

Croatia

Real Madrid

2017

Cristiano Ronaldo

Portugal

Real Madrid

2016

Cristiano Ronaldo

Portugal

Real Madrid

2015

Lionel Messi

Argentina

FC Barcelona

2014

Cristiano Ronaldo

Portugal

Real Madrid

2013

Cristiano Ronaldo

Portugal

Real Madrid

2012

Lionel Messi

Argentina

FC Barcelona

2011

Lionel Messi

Argentina

FC Barcelona

2010

Lionel Messi

Argentina

FC Barcelona

2009

Lionel Messi

Argentina

FC Barcelona

2008

Cristiano Ronaldo

Portugal

Manchester United

2007

Ricardo Kaka

Brazil

Milan

2006

Fabio Cannavaro

Italy

Real Madrid

2005

Ronaldinho

Brazil

FC Barcelona

2004

Andriy Shevchenko

Ukraine

Milan

2003

Pavel Nedved

Czech Republic

Juventus

2002

Ronaldo

Brazil

Real Madrid

2001

Michael Owen

England

Liverpool

2000

Luis Figo

Portugal

Real Madrid

1999

Rivaldo

Brazil

FC Barcelona

1998

Zinedine Zidane

France

Juventus

1997

Ronaldo

Brazil

Internazionale

1996

Matthias Sommer

Germany

Borussia Dortmund

1995

George Weah

Liberia

Milan

1994

Hristo Stoichkov

Bulgaria

FC Barcelona

1993

Roberto Baggio

Italy

 

1992

Marco van Basten

Netherlands

Milan

1991

Jean-Pierre Papin

France

Marseille

1990

Lothar Matthaus

Germany

Internazionale

1989

Marco van Basten

Netherlands

Milan

1988

Marco van Basten

Netherlands

Milan

1987

Ruud Gullit

Netherlands

Milan

1986

Igor Belanov

Soviet Union

Dynamo Kyiv

1985

Michel Platini

France

Juventus

1984

Michel Platini

France

Juventus

1983

Michel Platini

France

Juventus

1982

Paolo Rossi

Italy

Juventus

1981

Karl-Heinz Rumminigge

West Germany

Bayern Munich

1980

Karl-Heinz Rumminigge

West Germany

Bayern Munich

1979

Kevin Keagan

England

Hamburg

1978

Kevin Keagan

England

Hamburg

1977

Allan Simonsen

Denmark

Borussia Monchengladbach

1976

Franz Beckenbauer

West Germany

Bayern Munich

1975

Oleg Blokhin

Soviet Union

Dynamo Kyiv

1974

Johan Cruyff

Netherlands

Ajax

1973

Johan Cruyff

Netherlands

Ajax

1972

Franz Beckenbauer

West Germany

Bayern Munich

1971

Johan Cruyff

Netherlands

Ajax

1970

Gerd Muller

West Germany

Bayern Munich

1969

Gianni Rivera

Italy

Milan

1968

George Best

Northern Ireland

Manchester United

1967

Florian Albert

Hungary

Ferencv rosi TC

1966

Bobby Charlton

England

Manchester United

1965

Eusebio

Portugal

Benfica

1964

Dennis Law

Scotland

Manchester United

1963

Lev Yashin

Soviet Union

Dynamo Moscow

1962

Josef Masopust

Czechoslovakia

Dukla Prague

1961

Omar Sivori

Italy

Juventus

1960

Luis Suarez

Spain

FC Barcelona

1959

Alfredo Di Stefano

Spain

Real Madrid

1958

Raymond Kopa

France

Real Madrid

1957

Alfredo Di Stefano

Spain

Real Madrid

1956

Stanley Matthews

England

Blackpool

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