Ballon d'Or 1997

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The 1997 Ballon d'Or, given to the best football player in Europe as judged by a panel of sports journalists from UEFA member countries, was awarded to Ronaldo on 23 December 1997.[1]


Rank Name Club Nationality Points
1 Ronaldo Spain Barcelona  Brazil 222
2 Predrag Mijatović Spain Real Madrid  Yugoslavia 72
3 Zinedine Zidane Italy Juventus  France 63
4 Dennis Bergkamp England Arsenal  Netherlands 53
5 Roberto Carlos Spain Real Madrid  Brazil 47
6 Andreas Möller Germany Borussia Dortmund  Germany 40
7 Raúl Spain Real Madrid  Spain 35
8 Peter Schmeichel England Manchester United  Denmark 19
9 Jürgen Kohler Germany Borussia Dortmund  Germany 17
10 Matthias Sammer Germany Borussia Dortmund  Germany 16
Christian Vieri Spain Atlético Madrid  Italy 16
12 Youri Djorkaeff Italy Internazionale  France 15
13 Luis Enrique Spain Barcelona  Spain 14
14 Luís Figo Spain Barcelona  Portugal 12
15 Gianfranco Zola England Chelsea  Italy 11
Krasimir Balakov Germany Stuttgart  Bulgaria 11
17 Didier Deschamps Italy Juventus  France 10
Clarence Seedorf Spain Real Madrid  Netherlands 10
19 Alessandro Del Piero Italy Juventus  Italy 9
Alan Shearer England Newcastle  England 9
David Beckham England Manchester United  England 9
22 Fernando Hierro Spain Real Madrid  Spain 8
23 Gabriel Batistuta Italy Fiorentina  Argentina 7
24 Olaf Thon Germany Schalke 04  Germany 6
25 Juninho Paulista Spain Atletico Madrid  Brazil 5
Paulo Sousa Germany Borussia Dortmund  Portugal 5
Lillian Thuram Italy Parma  France 5
28 Ryan Giggs England Manchester United  Wales 4
29 Oliver Bierhoff Italy Udinese  Germany 3
Angelo Peruzzi Italy Juventus  Italy 3
Raí France Paris Saint Germain  Brazil 3
32 Victor Ikpeba France Monaco  Nigeria 2
33 Laurent Blanc France Olympique Marseille  France 1
Ciro Ferrara Italy Juventus F.C.  Italy 1
Rivaldo Spain Barcelona  Brazil 1
Bent Skammelsrud Norway Rosenborg  Norway 1

Additionally, fourteen players were nominated but received no votes: Sonny Anderson, Enrico Chiesa, Hernán Crespo, Iván de la Peña, Robbie Fowler, Thomas Hässler, Thomas Helmer, Filippo Inzaghi, Gianluca Pagliuca, Robert Pires, Karl-Heinz Riedle, Sergi Barjuan, Davor Šuker and Ian Wright.


  1. ^ Pierrend, José Luis (26 March 2005). "European Footballer of the Year ("Ballon d'Or") 1997". RSSSF. Archived from the original on 26 March 2005. Retrieved 5 November 2013. 

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