2009 Ballon d'Or

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2009 Ballon d'Or
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2009 Ballon d'Or winner Lionel Messi
Date1 December 2009 (2009-12-01)
LocationParis, France
Presented byFrance Football
Won byArgentina Lionel Messi (1st award)

The 2009 Ballon d'Or, given to the best football player in the world as judged by an international panel of sports journalists, was awarded to Lionel Messi of Barcelona on 1 December 2009.[1]

Messi won the award by a then record margin, 240 points ahead of 2008 winner Cristiano Ronaldo. Xavi was the second Barcelona player in the top three, finishing a further 63 points behind Ronaldo. Messi's win made him the first Argentine-born player to win the award since Omar Sívori in 1961; however, Sívori had taken Italian citizenship by that time and is recognised to have won the Ballon d'Or as an Italian player.


Rank Player Nationality Club Points
1 Lionel Messi  Argentina Spain Barcelona 473
2 Cristiano Ronaldo  Portugal England Manchester United
Spain Real Madrid
3 Xavi  Spain Spain Barcelona 170
4 Andrés Iniesta  Spain Spain Barcelona 149
5 Samuel Eto'o  Cameroon Spain Barcelona
Italy Internazionale
6 Kaká  Brazil Italy Milan
Spain Real Madrid
7 Zlatan Ibrahimović  Sweden Italy Internazionale
Spain Barcelona
8 Wayne Rooney  England England Manchester United 35
9 Didier Drogba  Ivory Coast England Chelsea 33
10 Steven Gerrard  England England Liverpool 32
11 Fernando Torres  Spain England Liverpool 22
12 Cesc Fàbregas  Spain England Arsenal 13
13 Edin Džeko  Bosnia and Herzegovina Germany VfL Wolfsburg 12
14 Ryan Giggs  Wales England Manchester United 11
15 Thierry Henry  France Spain Barcelona 9
16 Luís Fabiano  Brazil Spain Sevilla 8
Nemanja Vidić  Serbia England Manchester United 8
Iker Casillas  Spain Spain Real Madrid 8
19 Diego Forlán  Uruguay Spain Atlético Madrid 7
20 Yoann Gourcuff  France France Bordeaux 6
21 Andrey Arshavin  Russia England Arsenal 5
Júlio César  Brazil Italy Internazionale 5
Frank Lampard  England England Chelsea 5
24 Maicon  Brazil Italy Internazionale 4
25 Diego  Brazil Germany Werder Bremen
Italy Juventus
26 David Villa  Spain Spain Valencia 2
John Terry  England England Chelsea 2
28 Franck Ribéry  France Germany Bayern Munich 1
Yaya Touré  Ivory Coast Spain Barcelona 1

Additionally, another player was nominated but received no votes: Karim Benzema (Lyon, Real Madrid).


  1. ^ "Classement 2009". France Football (in French). Groupe Amaury. Archived from the original on 16 November 2012. Retrieved 10 January 2013.

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