Ballon d’Or: List of all winners from Stanley Matthews to Karim Benzema

Lionel Messi is the only player to win the award on four consecutive occasions.
The best performance from the top five European leagues from the previous year is awarded the Ballon d’Or award every year. The first was delivered in 1956. Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema is the latest winner in 2022. Cristiano Ronaldo has won the men’s Ballon d’Or award five times, while Lionel Messi holds the record for winning the trophy seven times in total.

The FIFA Player of the Year results, which were combined with the Ballon d’Or between 2009 and 2015 to produce the FIFA Ballon d’Or, are of great interest to many people.

A Ballon d’Or for women has been awarded since 2018 under the name Ballon d’Or Féminin.

The 2022 Prize
In August, 30 candidates for the 2022 Ballon d’Or were revealed. Lionel Messi, seven-time champion, was not selected (for the first time since 2005), but Cristiano Ronaldo was. On October 17, at a ceremony at Paris’ Theater du Chatelet, the winners were announced. France and Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema was the winner. However, for the first time in his career, Cristiano Ronaldo got 0 votes to be a winner, as he took 20th place at age 37 this year.

Men’s Ballon d’Or award winners
Karim Benzema – 2022
Lionel Messi -2021
not awarded – 2020
Lionel Messi – 2019
Luka Modric – 2018
Cristiano Ronaldo – 2017
Cristiano Ronaldo – 2016
Lionel Messi – 2015
Cristiano Ronaldo – 2014
Cristiano Ronaldo – 2013
Lionel Messi – 2012
Lionel Messi – 2011
Lionel Messi – 2010
Lionel Messi – 2009
Cristiano Ronaldo – 2008
Kaka – 2007
Fábio Cannavaro – 2006
Ronaldinho – 2005
Andriy Shevchenko – 2004
Pavel Nedvěd – 2003
Ronaldo – 2002
Michael Owen – 2001
Luís Figo – 2000
Rivaldo – 1999
Zinedine Zidane – 1998
Ronaldo – 1997
Matthias Sammer – 1996
George Weah – 1995
Hristo Stoichkov – 1994
Roberto Baggio – 1993
Marco van Basten – 1992
Jean-Pierre Papin – 1991
Lothar Matthäus – 1990
Marco van Basten – 1989
Marco van Basten – 1988
Ruud Gullit – 1987
Igor Belanov – 1986
Michel Platini – 1985
Michel Platini – 1984
Michel Platini – 1983
Paulo Rossi – 1982
Karl-Heinz Rummenigge – 1981
Karl-Heinz Rummenigge – 1980
Kevin Keegan – 1979
Kevin Keegan – 1978
Allan Simonsen – 1977
Franz Beckenbauer – 1976
Oleg Blokhin – 1975
Johan Cruyff – 1974
Johan Cruyff – 1973
Franz Beckenbauer – 1972
Johan Cruyff – 1971
Gerd Muller – 1970
Gianni Rivera – 1969
George Best – 1968
Florian Albert – 1967
Bobby Charlton – 1966
Eusebio – 1965
Denis Law – 1964
Lev Yashin – 1963
Josef Masopust – 1962
Omar Sivori – 1961
Luis Suarez – 1960
Alfredo Di Stefano – 1959
Raymond Kopa – 1958
Alfredo Di Stefano – 1957
Stanley Matthews – 1956

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