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Football players need recognition for their performance on the field and FIFA makes sure they are given the appreciation they deserve. Ballon d’Or is one award that players are looking forward to as it is one of the most prestigious awards in the history of football.
What is Ballon d’Or?
The French news magazine France Football presents this annual football award, which is the most prestigious and oldest individual award that any footballer can receive. The tradition has been followed since 1956 and was merged with FIFA in 2010. It is awarded to male players that have demonstrated remarkable talent and performance over the course of the last 12 months.
These are the Top Football Players with The Most Ballon d’Or in their showcase.
Johan Cruyff 🏆🏆🏆
The first Dutchman to win a Ballon d’Or, Johan Cruyff won the award in 1971, 1973, and 1974. The most legendary performance by Johan was in 1974 when he led his club, FC Barcelona, to a 5-0 win against Real Madrid at home.
Michel Platini 🏆🏆🏆
Michel Platini scored 28 goals in the summer of 1982 not only got him his first Ballon d’Or that year but also led Juventus to the finals of the European Cup and won the Coppa Italia. The Frenchman then later won the award in 1984 and 1985.
Marco van Basten 🏆🏆🏆
Marco van Basten moved to AC Milan from Ajax in 1987 and won his first Ballon d’Or in 1988. He scored 5 goals in Euros 1988 and helped the Netherlands win their only major international tournament. His other Ballon d’Or awards came in 1989 and 1992.
Cristiano Ronaldo 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆
This goal machine won his five Ballon d’Or awards in 2008, 2013, 2014, 2016, and 2017. His first Ballon d’Or was the result of his career-best 42 goals in all competitions, which even included a goal in the Champions League final against Chelsea.
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Lionel Messi 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆
Lionel Messi is one of the finest players in football history. The football world expects him to get even more Ballon d’Or awards in the future. Currently standing at 6 awards, Lionel has won them in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015, and 2019.
According to a recent re-evaluation, France Football believes Pele has won seven Ballon d’Or awards. Since only European footballers were eligible to win Ballon d’Or until 1995, Pele missed out on many opportunities to win the prestigious award. However, they have done an international re-evaluation and gave Pele seven Ballon d’Or awards, retrospectively for the years 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1963, 1964, and 1970.
Same as Pelé, France Football also awarded the Argentinian Diego Maradona with 2 Ballon d´Or for the years 1986 and 1990.
Wins by Club
FC Barcelona is first in the ranking of the trophy, with a total of 12 Ballon d’Or in their trophy cabinet, ahead of Real Madrid with 11, and Milan and Juventus with 8 each.
Next Ballon d´Or
In 2020 France Football announced that the Ballon d’Or would not be awarded because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Let´s hope things will be different for 2021, and this prestigious prize can be awarded again.
Apart from the two star players Messi and Ronaldo, there are also 3 more favorites to win this year´s Ballon d´Or: Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich), Kevin De Bruyne (Man. City), and Neymar (PSG).
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