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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