The Ballon d’Or award is presented to the best footballer of the year by France Football. Journalists of France football and other federations have a 50% vote percentage.
The other 50% vote is cast by the national and club team Captains and coaches. France Football presents the Ballon d’Or based on the performance of the player, and how impactful the player was for his team.
The first-ever Ballon d’Or award was given in 1956. The most recent Ballon d’Or award is given to Leo Messi in 2021.
Total 66 Ballon d’Or has been awarded and Leo Messi wins the most. He won 7 ballon d’Or. Cristiano Ronaldo comes second on the list by winning 5. other than them, No player manages to win more than 3.
Let’s take a look at the past winners of Ballon d’Or:
|1957||Alfredo Di Stéfano||Spain|
|1959||Alfredo Di Stéfano||Spain|
|1963||Lev Yashin||Soviet Union|
|1965||Eusébio da Silva Ferreira||Portugal|
|1968||George Best||Northern Ireland|
|1970||Gerd Müller||West Germany|
|1972||Franz Beckenbauer||West Germany|
|1975||Oleg Blokhin||Soviet Union|
|1976||Franz Beckenbauer||West Germany|
|1980||Karl-Heinz Rummenigge||West Germany|
|1981||Karl-Heinz Rummenigge||West Germany|
|1986||Igor Belanov||Igor Belanov|
|1988||Marco van Basten||Netherlands|
|1989||Marco van Basten||Netherlands|
|1992||Marco van Basten||Netherlands|
|2003||Pavel Nedvěd||Czech Republic|
until 1995, The award was referred to as the European footballer of the year. it was only given to European players.
After 1995, the eligibility rules were changed. Then it was allowed the non-European players to be eligible for the award. Rules further change and in 2007, any player is declared eligible to win this award.
FIFA player of the year and Ballon d’Or were awarded separately. Between 2009-2015, both federations merged their awards and it goes with the name of FIFA Ballon d’Or.
FAQs Regarding Ballon d’Or award
Q. Who wins the most Ballon d’Or awards?
A. last night, Leo Messi won his record 7 Ballon d’Or, which is most the history of the award.
Q. How many Ballon d’Or does Cristiano Ronaldo have?
A. Cristiano Ronaldo has 5 ballon d’Ors.
Q. Why Lewandoski didn’t win Ballon d’Or in 2020?
A. Ballon d’Or 2020 was canceled by France football due to a covid pandemic. Although he won the FIFA player of the year award.