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At the end of each FIFA World Cup final tournament, several awards are attributed to the players and teams which have distinguished from the rest, in different aspects of the game.


There are currently six awards:

  • the Golden Ball (currently commercially termed "adidas Golden Ball") for best player;
  • the Golden Boot (also known as the Golden Shoe, commercially termed "adidas Golden Shoe" from 1982, although now referred to again as the Golden Boot) was first awarded in 1930 for top goal scorer;
  • the Golden Glove Award for best goalkeeper (first awarded in 1994);
  • the Best Young Player (currently commercially termed as "Hyundai Best Young Player") award for best player under 21 years of age at the start of the calendar year, first awarded in 2006.
  • the FIFA Fair Play Trophy for the team with the best record of fair play (first awarded in 1970);
  • the Most Entertaining Team award for the team that has entertained the public the most, during the World Cup final tournament, as determined by a poll of the general public, first awarded in 1994.

An All-Star Team (currently commercially termed "Mastercard All-Star Team") comprising the best players of the tournament, is also announced for each tournament since 1990.

Golden Ball[edit]

The Golden Ball award is presented to the best player at each FIFA World Cup finals, with a shortlist drawn up by the FIFA technical committee and the winner voted for by representatives of the media. Those who finish as runners-up in the vote receive the Silver Ball and Bronze Ball awards as the second and third most outstanding players in the tournament respectively.

World Cup Golden Ball Silver Ball Bronze Ball
1978 Argentina[2] Argentina Mario Kempes Italy Paolo Rossi Brazil Dirceu
1982 Spain Italy Paolo Rossi Brazil Falcão West Germany Karl-Heinz Rummenigge
1986 Mexico Argentina Diego Maradona[3] West Germany Harald Schumacher Denmark Preben Elkjær Larsen
1990 Italy Italy Salvatore Schillaci West Germany Lothar Matthäus Argentina Diego Maradona
1994 United States Brazil Romário Italy Roberto Baggio Bulgaria Hristo Stoichkov
1998 France Brazil Ronaldo Croatia Davor Šuker France Lilian Thuram
2002 Korea/Japan Germany Oliver Kahn Brazil Ronaldo South Korea Hong Myung-bo
2006 Germany France Zinedine Zidane Italy Fabio Cannavaro Italy Andrea Pirlo
2010 South Africa Uruguay Diego Forlán Netherlands Wesley Sneijder Spain David Villa
2014 Brazil

Golden Boot[edit]

The Golden Boot or Golden Shoe Award goes to the top goalscorer of the FIFA World Cup. It was introduced at the 1930 FIFA World Cup.[4]

If there is more than one player with the same amount of goals, the tie-breaker goes to the player who has contributed the most assists (with the FIFA Technical Study Group deciding whether an assist is to be counted as such). If there is still more than one player, the tie-breaker goes to the player who has played the least amount of time.[5]

World Cup Golden Boot Goals Silver Boot Goals Bronze Boot Goals
1930 Uruguay Argentina Guillermo Stábile 8 Uruguay Pedro Cea 5 United States Bert Patenaude 4
1934 Italy Czechoslovakia Oldřich Nejedlý 5(1) Germany Edmund Conen
Italy Angelo Schiavio
4 Switzerland Leopold Kielholz
Italy Raimundo Orsi
1938 France Brazil Leônidas 7(2) Hungary György Sárosi
Hungary Gyula Zsengellér
Italy Silvio Piola
5 Poland Ernest Wilimowski
Italy Gino Colaussi
1950 Brazil Brazil Ademir 8(3) Uruguay Óscar Míguez 5 Uruguay Alcides Ghiggia
Brazil Chico
Spain Estanislau Basora
Spain Telmo Zarra
1954 Switzerland Hungary Sándor Kocsis 11 Switzerland Josef Hügi
West Germany Max Morlock
Austria Erich Probst
6 Hungary Ferenc Puskás
West Germany Helmut Rahn
Switzerland Robert Ballaman
Hungary Nándor Hidegkuti
West Germany Hans Schäfer
West Germany Ottmar Walter
Uruguay Carlos Borges
1958 Sweden France Just Fontaine 13 Brazil Pelé
West Germany Helmut Rahn
6 Brazil Vavá
Northern Ireland Peter McParland
1962 Chile Hungary Flórián Albert
Soviet Union Valentin Ivanov
Brazil Garrincha
Brazil Vavá
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Dražan Jerković
Chile Leonel Sánchez
4 Brazil Amarildo
Hungary Lajos Tichy
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Milan Galić
Czechoslovakia Adolf Scherer
3 Italy Giacomo Bulgarelli
Soviet Union Igor Chislenko
Uruguay José Sasía
Soviet Union Viktor Ponedelnik
West Germany Uwe Seeler
England Ron Flowers
Chile Jorge Toro
Chile Jaime Ramírez
Chile Eladio Rojas
1966 England Portugal Eusébio 9 West Germany Helmut Haller 6 Soviet Union Valeriy Porkujan
England Geoff Hurst
Hungary Ferenc Bene
West Germany Franz Beckenbauer
1970 Mexico West Germany Gerd Müller 10 Brazil Jairzinho 7 Peru Teófilo Cubillas 5
1974 West Germany Poland Grzegorz Lato 7 Poland Andrzej Szarmach
Netherlands Johan Neeskens
5 Sweden Ralf Edström
West Germany Gerd Müller
Netherlands Johnny Rep
1978 Argentina Argentina Mario Kempes 6 Peru Teófilo Cubillas
Netherlands Rob Rensenbrink
5 Argentina Leopoldo Luque
Austria Hans Krankl
1982 Spain (4) Italy Paolo Rossi 6 West Germany Karl-Heinz Rummenigge 5 Brazil Zico

Poland Zbigniew Boniek

1986 Mexico England Gary Lineker 6 Spain Emilio Butragueño
Brazil Careca
Argentina Diego Maradona
5 Soviet Union Igor Belanov
Denmark Preben Elkjær Larsen
Italy Alessandro Altobelli
Argentina Jorge Valdano
1990 Italy Italy Salvatore Schillaci 6 Czechoslovakia Tomáš Skuhravý 5 Cameroon Roger Milla
Spain Míchel
West Germany Lothar Matthäus
England Gary Lineker
1994 United States Russia Oleg Salenko(5)
Bulgaria Hristo Stoichkov
6 Germany Jürgen Klinsmann
Sweden Kennet Andersson
Italy Roberto Baggio
Brazil Romário
5 Argentina Gabriel Batistuta
Romania Florin Răducioiu
Sweden Martin Dahlin
1998 France Croatia Davor Šuker 6 Argentina Gabriel Batistuta
Italy Christian Vieri
5 Mexico Luis Hernández
Chile Marcelo Salas
Brazil Ronaldo
2002 South Korea/Japan Brazil Ronaldo 8(6) Germany Miroslav Klose
Brazil Rivaldo
5 Denmark Jon Dahl Tomasson
Italy Christian Vieri
2006 Germany Germany Miroslav Klose 5 Argentina Hernán Crespo 3 Brazil Ronaldo 3
2010 South Africa Germany Thomas Müller 5(7) Spain David Villa 5(7) Netherlands Wesley Sneijder 5(7)

1 FIFA initially credited Nejedlý with only four goals, which would make him joint top scorer with Angelo Schiavio of Italy and Edmund Conen of Germany. However, FIFA changed it to five goals in November 2006, making Nejedlý the outright top scorer.[6]

2 FIFA initially credited Leônidas with eight goals. However, in November 2006, FIFA confirmed that in the quarter-final tie against Czechoslovakia, he had scored once, not twice as FIFA had originally recorded, meaning he had scored only seven goals in total.[6]

3 There was controversy regarding the number of goals Brazilian Ademir had scored in 1950, as a result of incomplete data concerning the Final Round game Brazil vs. Spain (6–1). The 5–0 goal had been credited to Jair, but is now credited to Ademir[7][8]

4 Since FIFA and adidas became partners over 30 years ago,[9] the award's official name has been "adidas Golden Shoe".[10]

5 Salenko is the only player to win the award playing for a team that were eliminated in the group stages. His six goals are the only international goals he ever scored.

6 During the tournament, after the group stage match against Costa Rica, Ronaldo logged a protest against the crediting of a goal as an own goal, and FIFA granted him the change.[11]

7 Müller, Villa, Sneijder and Forlán tied with 5 goals. Müller won by virtue of having more assists (3) than the rest (each had 1). Villa won the Silver Boot due to playing fewer minutes than Sneijder, and Sneijder won the Bronze Boot due to having played fewer minutes than Forlán.[12]

Golden Glove[edit]

The Golden Glove Award is awarded to the best goalkeeper of the tournament. Before 2010, the award was named the Yashin Award in honour of the late Soviet goalkeeper Lev Yashin.[4] The FIFA Technical Study Group recognises the top goalkeeper of the tournament based on the player's performance throughout the final competition. Although goalkeepers have this specific award for their position, they are still eligible for the Golden Ball as well, as when Oliver Kahn was awarded in 2002. Although the Golden Glove Award was first awarded in 1994, every All-Star Team in World Cups prior to 1998 but 1990 included only one goalkeeper.

World Cup Goalkeeper included in the All-Star Team
1930 Uruguay Uruguay Enrique Ballestrero
1934 Italy Spain Ricardo Zamora
1938 France Czechoslovakia František Plánička
1950 Brazil Uruguay Roque Máspoli
1954 Switzerland Hungary Gyula Grosics
1958 Sweden Northern Ireland Harry Gregg
1962 Chile Czechoslovakia Viliam Schrojf
1966 England England Gordon Banks
1970 Mexico Uruguay Ladislao Mazurkiewicz
1974 West Germany West Germany Sepp Maier
1978 Argentina Argentina Ubaldo Fillol
1982 Spain Italy Dino Zoff
1986 Mexico Belgium Jean-Marie Pfaff
1990 Italy Costa Rica Luis Gabelo Conejo
Argentina Sergio Goycochea

The Yashin Award was first awarded in 1994.

World Cup Yashin Award winner
1994 United States Belgium Michel Preud'homme
1998 France France Fabien Barthez
2002 Korea/Japan Germany Oliver Kahn
2006 Germany Italy Gianluigi Buffon

The award was renamed the Golden Glove Award in 2010.

World Cup Golden Glove Award winner
2010 South Africa Spain Iker Casillas

Best Young Player Award[edit]

The Best Young Player award was awarded for the first time at the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany and given to Germany's Lukas Podolski.[13] The award is given to the best player in the tournament who is at most 21 years old. For the 2014 FIFA World Cup this meant that the player had to have been born on or after 1 January 1993. The election took place on FIFA's official World Cup website with the help of The FIFA Technical Study Group.

FIFA organised a survey on the Internet for users to choose the "best young player" of the World Cup, between 1958 and 2002, named the best young player of each tournament.[14] With 61% of the overall vote, the winner was Pelé, who finished ahead of the Peruvian Teófilo Cubillas, the best young player at Mexico 1970, and England's Michael Owen, who reached similar heights at France 98.[15]

World Cup Young Player Age
1958 Sweden Brazil Pelé 17
1962 Chile Hungary Flórián Albert 20
1966 England West Germany Franz Beckenbauer 20
1970 Mexico Peru Teófilo Cubillas 21
1974 West Germany Poland Władysław Żmuda 20
1978 Argentina Italy Antonio Cabrini 20
1982 Spain France Manuel Amoros 21
1986 Mexico Belgium Enzo Scifo 20
1990 Italy Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Robert Prosinečki 21
1994 United States Netherlands Marc Overmars 21
1998 France England Michael Owen 18
2002 Korea/Japan United States Landon Donovan 20

The Best Young Player Award was first awarded in 2006.

World Cup Best Young Player Award Age
2006 Germany Germany Lukas Podolski 21
2010 South Africa Germany Thomas Müller[16] 20

FIFA Fair Play Trophy[edit]

The FIFA Fair Play Trophy is given to the team with the best record of fair play during the World Cup final tournament. Only teams that qualified for the second round are considered. The winners of this award earn the FIFA Fair Play Trophy, a diploma, a fair play medal for each player and official, and $50,000 worth of football equipment to be used for youth development.[17]

The appearance of the award was originally a certificate but from 1982–1994 it had been a golden trophy based on Sport Billy, a football-playing cartoon character from 1982 who became an icon for FIFA Fair play. More recently it is simply a trophy with an elegant footballer figure. Peru was the first nation to win the award after receiving no yellow or red cards in the 1970 FIFA World Cup held in Mexico.[18]

Peru's FIFA Fair Play trophy award. Peru won the award after receiving no yellow or red cards in the tournament.
World Cup FIFA Fair Play Trophy Winners
1970 Mexico Peru Peru
1978 Argentina Argentina Argentina
1982 Spain  Brazil
1986 Mexico  Brazil
1990 Italy  England
1994 United States  Brazil
1998 France  England
2002 Korea/Japan  Belgium
2006 Germany  Brazil
2010 South Africa  Spain

Most Entertaining Team[edit]

The FIFA Award for the Most Entertaining Team[19] was a subjectively awarded prize for the team which had done the most to entertain the public with a positive approach to the game. The award was organised through public participation in a poll. It was last awarded in 2006.

World Cup Most Entertaining Team Award
1994 United States  Brazil[citation needed]
1998 France  France[citation needed]
2002 Korea/Japan  South Korea[20]
2006 Germany  Portugal[21]

All-Star Team[edit]

The All-Star Team,[22] until 2006 named after sponsor MasterCard All-Star Team (in 2010,Yingli sponsored the award), is a team of players from the World Cup Finals, chosen up to 2006 by FIFA's technical study group, and in 2010 by an online poll on the website.[23]
The ways in which the FIFA All-Star team members have been chosen has varied from year to year. A technical study group consisting of journalists and experts has historically chosen the team. However, in 1998, a FIFA technical group first chose the team. In 2010, the All-Star team was chosen through a popular online voting contest.[24] The number of players was expanded from 11 to 16 at the 1998 finals, and then to 23 in 2006, but returned to 11 in 2010 (which saw the selection of a coach, Vicente del Bosque). Before 1998, journalists and experts chose a "Dream Team" with outstanding players from each playing position. The teams were chosen mostly by European and South American journalists.

World Cup Goalkeepers Defenders Midfielders Forwards Managers
1930 Uruguay

Uruguay Enrique Ballestrero

Uruguay José Nasazzi
Kingdom of Yugoslavia Milutin Ivković

Argentina Luis Monti
Uruguay Álvaro Gestido
Uruguay José Leandro Andrade

Uruguay Pedro Cea
Uruguay Héctor Castro
Uruguay Héctor Scarone
Argentina Guillermo Stábile
United States Bert Patenaude

1934 Italy

Spain Ricardo Zamora

Spain Jacinto Quincoces
Italy Eraldo Monzeglio

Italy Luis Monti
Italy Attilio Ferraris
Spain Leonardo Cilaurren

Italy Giuseppe Meazza
Italy Raimundo Orsi
Italy Enrique Guaita
Austria Matthias Sindelar
Czechoslovakia Oldřich Nejedlý

1938 France

Czechoslovakia František Plánička

Italy Pietro Rava
Italy Alfredo Foni
Brazil Domingos da Guia

Italy Michele Andreolo
Italy Ugo Locatelli

Italy Silvio Piola
Italy Gino Colaussi
Hungary György Sárosi
Hungary Gyula Zsengellér
Brazil Leônidas

1950 Brazil

Uruguay Roque Máspoli

Sweden Erik Nilsson
Spain José Parra
Uruguay Víctor Rodríguez Andrade

Uruguay Obdulio Varela
Brazil Bauer
Uruguay Alcides Ghiggia
Brazil Jair

Brazil Zizinho
Brazil Ademir
Uruguay Juan Alberto Schiaffino

1954 Switzerland

Hungary Gyula Grosics

Austria Ernst Ocwirk
Brazil Djalma Santos
Uruguay José Santamaría

West Germany Fritz Walter
Hungary József Bozsik
Hungary Nándor Hidegkuti
Hungary Zoltán Czibor

West Germany Helmut Rahn
Hungary Ferenc Puskás
Hungary Sándor Kocsis

1958 Sweden

Northern Ireland Harry Gregg

Brazil Djalma Santos
Brazil Bellini
Brazil Nílton Santos

Northern Ireland Danny Blanchflower
Brazil Didi
Sweden Gunnar Gren
France Raymond Kopa

Brazil Pelé
Brazil Garrincha
France Just Fontaine

1962 Chile

Czechoslovakia Viliam Schrojf

Brazil Djalma Santos
Italy Cesare Maldini
Soviet Union Valery Voronin
West Germany Karl-Heinz Schnellinger

Brazil Zagallo
Brazil Zito
Czechoslovakia Josef Masopust

Brazil Vavá
Brazil Garrincha
Chile Leonel Sánchez

1966 England

England Gordon Banks

England George Cohen
England Bobby Moore
Portugal Vicente
Argentina Silvio Marzolini

Germany Franz Beckenbauer
Portugal Mário Coluna
England Bobby Charlton

Hungary Flórián Albert
Germany Uwe Seeler
Portugal Eusébio

1970 Mexico

Uruguay Ladislao Mazurkiewicz

Brazil Carlos Alberto
Uruguay Atilio Ancheta
West Germany Franz Beckenbauer
Italy Giacinto Facchetti

Brazil Gérson
Brazil Rivellino
England Bobby Charlton

Brazil Pelé
West Germany Gerd Müller
Brazil Jairzinho

1974 West Germany

West Germany Sepp Maier

West Germany Berti Vogts
Netherlands Ruud Krol
West Germany Franz Beckenbauer
West Germany Paul Breitner

West Germany Wolfgang Overath
Poland Kazimierz Deyna
Netherlands Johan Neeskens

Netherlands Rob Rensenbrink
Netherlands Johan Cruyff
Poland Grzegorz Lato

1978 Argentina

Argentina Ubaldo Fillol

Germany Berti Vogts
Netherlands Ruud Krol
Argentina Daniel Passarella
Argentina Alberto Tarantini

Brazil Dirceu
Peru Teófilo Cubillas
Netherlands Rob Rensenbrink

Italy Roberto Bettega
Italy Paolo Rossi
Argentina Mario Kempes

1982 Spain

Italy Dino Zoff

Brazil Luizinho
Brazil Júnior
Italy Claudio Gentile
Italy Fulvio Collovati

Poland Zbigniew Boniek
Brazil Falcão
France Michel Platini
Brazil Zico

Italy Paolo Rossi
West Germany Karl-Heinz Rummenigge

1986 Mexico

Belgium Jean-Marie Pfaff

Brazil Josimar
France Manuel Amoros
Brazil Júlio César

Belgium Jan Ceulemans
France Jean Tigana
France Michel Platini
Argentina Diego Maradona

Denmark Preben Elkjær Larsen
Spain Emilio Butragueño
England Gary Lineker

1990 Italy

Argentina Sergio Goycochea
Costa Rica Luis Gabelo Conejo

West Germany Andreas Brehme
Italy Paolo Maldini
Italy Franco Baresi

Argentina Diego Maradona
West Germany Lothar Matthäus
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Dragan Stojković
England Paul Gascoigne

Italy Salvatore Schillaci
Cameroon Roger Milla
West Germany Jürgen Klinsmann

1994 United States

Belgium Michel Preud'homme

Brazil Jorginho
Brazil Márcio Santos
Italy Paolo Maldini

Brazil Dunga
Bulgaria Krasimir Balakov
Romania Gheorghe Hagi
Sweden Tomas Brolin

Brazil Romário
Bulgaria Hristo Stoichkov
Italy Roberto Baggio

1998 France

France Fabien Barthez
Paraguay José Luis Chilavert

Brazil Roberto Carlos
France Marcel Desailly
France Lilian Thuram
Netherlands Frank de Boer
Paraguay Carlos Gamarra

Brazil Dunga
Brazil Rivaldo
Denmark Michael Laudrup
France Zinedine Zidane
Netherlands Edgar Davids

Brazil Ronaldo
Croatia Davor Šuker
Denmark Brian Laudrup
Netherlands Dennis Bergkamp

2002 Korea/Japan

Germany Oliver Kahn
Turkey Rüştü Reçber

Brazil Roberto Carlos
England Sol Campbell
Spain Fernando Hierro
South Korea Hong Myung-bo
Turkey Alpay Özalan

Brazil Rivaldo
Brazil Ronaldinho
Germany Michael Ballack
United States Claudio Reyna
South Korea Yoo Sang-Chul

Brazil Ronaldo
Germany Miroslav Klose
Senegal El Hadji Diouf
Turkey Hasan Şaş

2006 Germany

Italy Gianluigi Buffon
Germany Jens Lehmann
Portugal Ricardo

Argentina Roberto Ayala
England John Terry
France Lilian Thuram
Germany Philipp Lahm
Italy Fabio Cannavaro
Italy Gianluca Zambrotta
Portugal Ricardo Carvalho

Brazil Zé Roberto
France Patrick Vieira
France Zinedine Zidane
Germany Michael Ballack
Italy Andrea Pirlo
Italy Gennaro Gattuso
Portugal Luís Figo
Portugal Maniche

Argentina Hernán Crespo
France Thierry Henry
Germany Miroslav Klose
Italy Luca Toni
Italy Francesco Totti

2010 South Africa[25]

Spain Iker Casillas

Germany Philipp Lahm
Spain Sergio Ramos
Spain Carles Puyol
Brazil Maicon

Spain Andrés Iniesta
Germany Bastian Schweinsteiger
Netherlands Wesley Sneijder
Spain Xavi

Spain David Villa
Uruguay Diego Forlán

Spain Vicente del Bosque

Only two players have been named in three separate All-Star teams: Franz Beckenbauer of West Germany, who was included in 1966, 1970, and 1974, Djalma Santos in 1954, 1958 and 1962. 21 others have been named to two separate All-Star teams: Luis Monti (1930 and 1934; however, in 1930, he was representing Argentina while in 1934 he represented Italy); Garrincha (1958 and 1962); Pelé (1958 and 1970); Bobby Charlton (1966 and 1970); Ruud Krol and Rob Rensenbrink (1974 and 1978); Berti Vogts (1974 and 1978); Paolo Rossi (1978 and 1982); Michel Platini (1982 and 1986); Diego Maradona (1986 and 1990); Paolo Maldini (1990 and 1994); Dunga (1994 and 1998); Roberto Carlos, Rivaldo, and Ronaldo (1998 and 2002); Lilian Thuram and Zinedine Zidane (1998 and 2006); Michael Ballack and Miroslav Klose (2002 and 2006); and Philipp Lahm (2006 and 2010).

Pelé is the only player to be named in All-Star teams 12 years apart (1958 and 1970).

Uruguay in 1930 and 1950, Germany and Italy in 2006 and Spain in 2010 are the only teams to have had a player in every position on the All-Star Team.

Uruguay in 1930 and Italy in 2006 have the most players elected to the All-Star Team with 7 players each. However, the 1930 selection only had 11 players overall, while the 2006 selection had 23.

36 different Brazilian players were named in All-Star teams, Brazil is also the nation with most nominations with 44 nominees. No Brazilian goalkeeper has ever been nominated.

Only two Asian players have been named in All-Star teams, Hong Myung-bo and Yoo Sang-Chul of South Korea. Both were selected in 2002.

Similarly, only two African players have been named in All-Star teams, Roger Milla from Cameroon in 1990 and El Hadji Diouf from Senegal in 2002.

Only one player on the victorious 1986 Argentina team, Diego Maradona, was selected to that year's All-Star team.

Uniquely, brothers Brian Laudrup and Michael Laudrup were both selected for the All Star Team from Denmark in 1998 FIFA World Cup.


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