1968 Ballon d'Or

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The 1968 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 George Best on 24 December 1968.[1]

Best was the first Northern Irish national to win the award. He was the third Manchester United player to win the trophy after Denis Law (1964) and Bobby Charlton (1966).[2]

Rankings[edit]

Rank Name Club Nationality Points
1 George Best Manchester United  Northern Ireland 61
2 Bobby Charlton Manchester United  England 53
3 Dragan Džajić Red Star Belgrade  Yugoslavia 46
4 Franz Beckenbauer Bayern Munich  West Germany 36
5 Giacinto Facchetti Internazionale  Italy 30
6 Luigi Riva Cagliari  Italy 22
7 Amancio Amaro Real Madrid  Spain 21
8 Eusébio Benfica  Portugal 15
9 Gianni Rivera Milan  Italy 13
10 Jimmy Greaves Tottenham Hotspur  England 8
Pirri Real Madrid  Spain 8
12 Willi Schulz Hamburger SV  West Germany 7
Antal Dunai Újpest Dózsa  Hungary 7
14 Georgi Asparuhov Levski Sofia  Bulgaria 6
Albert Shesternyov CSKA Moscow  Soviet Union 6
16 Ove Kindvall Feyenoord  Sweden 5
17 Lajos Szucs Ferencvárosi  Hungary 4
Alessandro Mazzola Internazionale  Italy 4
Flórián Albert Ferencvárosi  Hungary 4
20 Gerd Müller Bayern Munich  West Germany 3
Johan Cruijff Ajax  Netherlands 3
22 Jack Charlton Leeds United  England 2
Bobby Moore West Ham United  England 2
24 Alan Ball Everton  England 1
Ferenc Bene Újpest Dózsa  Hungary 1
Angelo Domenghini Internazionale  Italy 1
Mirsad Fazlagić FK Sarajevo  Yugoslavia 1
Tommy Gemmell Celtic  Scotland 1
Jimmy Johnstone Celtic  Scotland 1
Murtaz Khurtsilava Dinamo Tbilisi  Soviet Union 1
Ivica Osim Željezničar Sarajevo  Yugoslavia 1
Louis Pilot Standard Liège  Luxembourg 1

References[edit]

  1. ^ "European Footballer of the Year ("Ballon d'Or") 1968". RSSSF. 25 June 2005. Archived from the original on 18 January 2009. Retrieved 13 January 2009.
  2. ^ "European Footballer of the Year ("Ballon d'Or")". RSSSF. 18 December 2008. Archived from the original on 16 January 2009. Retrieved 13 January 2009.

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