FIFA Ballon d'Or

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This article is about the men's award. For the women's award, see FIFA World Player of the Year. For the former European Footballer of the Year award, see Ballon d'Or (1956–2009).
Sepp Blatter holds up the agreement creating the FIFA Ballon d'Or in Johannesburg in July 2010

The FIFA Ballon d'Or (French pronunciation: ​[balɔ̃ dɔʁ], "Golden Ball") is an association football award given annually to the male player who is considered to have performed the best in the previous year. It is awarded based on votes by coaches and captains of international teams, as well as journalists from around the world.

The award started in 2010 after France Football's Ballon d'Or and the men's FIFA World Player of the Year award were merged. The winner of the inaugural 2010 FIFA Ballon d'Or was Lionel Messi who then went on to reclaim the title the following two years. After the merger, the FIFA World Player of the Year award became a women-only award.


Lionel Messi won the first three FIFA Ballons d'Or.
Cristiano Ronaldo, 2013 FIFA Ballon d'Or winner
Until 2010, the best player in the world won the Ballon d'Or or the FIFA World Player of the Year award
2010Argentina Lionel Messi (Barcelona)Spain Andrés Iniesta (Barcelona)Spain Xavi (Barcelona)
2011Argentina Lionel Messi (Barcelona)Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)Spain Xavi (Barcelona)
2012Argentina Lionel Messi (Barcelona)Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)Spain Andrés Iniesta (Barcelona)
2013Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)Argentina Lionel Messi (Barcelona)France Franck Ribéry (Bayern Munich)

Wins by player

PlayerFirst placeSecond placeThird place
1Argentina Lionel Messi310
2Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo120
3Spain Andrés Iniesta011
4Spain Xavi002
5France Franck Ribéry001

Wins by country

CountryFirst placeSecond placeThird place
1 Argentina3 (2010, 2011, 2012)1 (2013)0
2 Portugal1 (2013)2 (2011, 2012)0
3 Spain01 (2010)3 (2010, 2011, 2012)
4 France001 (2013)

Wins by club

ClubFirst placeSecond placeThird place
1Spain Barcelona3 (2010, 2011, 2012)2 (2010, 2013)3 (2010, 2011, 2012)
2Spain Real Madrid1 (2013)2 (2011, 2012)0
3Germany Bayern Munich001 (2013)

Ballon d'Or Prix d'Honneur

In 2014, Pelé was given an honorary Ballon d'Or, having won three FIFA World Cups with Brazil but never an individual award from FIFA, as during his playing career only European-based players were eligible to win the original Ballon d'Or.[1]

See also


Media related to FIFA Ballon d'Or at Wikimedia Commons

  1. ^ "Pele receives FIFA Ballon d’Or Prix d’Honneur". (Fédération Internationale de Football Association). 13 January 2014. Retrieved 13 January 2014. 

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