2008 Ballon d'Or

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2008 Ballon d'Or
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Date2 December 2008 (2008-12-02)
LocationParis, France
Presented byFrance Football
Won byPortugal Cristiano Ronaldo (1st award)

The 2008 Ballon d'Or, given to the best football player in the world as judged by an international panel of sports journalists,[1] was awarded on 2 December 2008.[2] Cristiano Ronaldo won the award, being his first of five. His win also began a 10-year dominance of the award between him and Lionel Messi — which eventually led to an intense rivalry between the two. Both players had won five Ballon d'Or awards before the dominance was ended in 2018.


Rank Player Nationality Club(s) Points
1 Cristiano Ronaldo  Portugal England Manchester United 446
2 Lionel Messi  Argentina Spain Barcelona 281
3 Fernando Torres  Spain England Liverpool 179
4 Iker Casillas  Spain Spain Real Madrid 133
5 Xavi  Spain Spain Barcelona 97
6 Andrey Arshavin  Russia Russia Zenit Saint Petersburg 64
7 David Villa  Spain Spain Valencia 55
8 Zlatan Ibrahimović  Sweden Italy Internazionale 30
9 Kaká  Brazil Italy Milan 29
10 Steven Gerrard  England England Liverpool 28
11 Marcos Senna  Spain Spain Villarreal 16
12 Emmanuel Adebayor  Togo England Arsenal 12
13 Wayne Rooney  England England Manchester United 11
14 Sergio Agüero  Argentina Spain Atlético Madrid 10
15 Frank Lampard  England England Chelsea 8
16 Franck Ribéry  France Germany Bayern Munich 7
17 Samuel Eto'o  Cameroon Spain Barcelona 6
18 Gianluigi Buffon  Italy Italy Juventus 5
19 Michael Ballack  Germany England Chelsea 4
Cesc Fàbregas  Spain England Arsenal 4
21 Didier Drogba  Ivory Coast England Chelsea 3
Sergio Ramos  Spain Spain Real Madrid 3
Nemanja Vidić  Serbia England Manchester United 3
24 Edwin van der Sar  Netherlands England Manchester United 2
Ruud van Nistelrooy  Netherlands Spain Real Madrid 2
26 Karim Benzema  France France Lyon 0
Pepe  Portugal Spain Real Madrid 0
Luca Toni  Italy Germany Bayern Munich 0
Rafael van der Vaart  Netherlands Spain Real Madrid 0
Yuri Zhirkov  Russia Russia CSKA Moscow 0


  1. ^ "2008 Leaderboard". France Football. 2 December 2008. Archived from the original on 17 December 2008. Retrieved 17 December 2008.
  2. ^ Pierrend, José Luis (16 January 2009). "European Footballer of the Year ("Ballon d'Or") 2008". RSSSF. Retrieved 16 January 2009.

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