Ballon d'Or 1971

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The 1971 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 Johan Cruyff on 28 December 1971.[1]

Cruyff was the first Dutch national to win the award, and also the first Ajax player to win the trophy.[2]


Rank Player Nationality Club Points
1 Johan Cruyff  Netherlands Netherlands Ajax 116
2 Alessandro Mazzola  Italy Italy Internazionale 57
3 George Best  Northern Ireland England Manchester United 56
4 Günter Netzer  West Germany West Germany Borussia Mönchengladbach 30
5 Franz Beckenbauer  West Germany West Germany Bayern Munich 27
6 Gerd Müller  West Germany West Germany Bayern Munich 18
Josip Skoblar  Yugoslavia France Marseille 18
8 Martin Chivers[notes 1]  England England Tottenham Hotspur 12
9 Piet Keizer  Netherlands Netherlands Ajax 9
10 Bobby Moore  England England West Ham United 7
Ferenc Bene  Hungary Hungary Újpesti Dózsa 7
12 Yevgeniy Rudakov  Soviet Union Soviet Union Dynamo Kyiv 6
13 Giacinto Facchetti  Italy Italy Internazionale 4
Mimis Domazos  Greece Greece Panathinaikos 4
15 Pirri  Spain Spain Real Madrid 3
Dragan Džajić  Yugoslavia Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Red Star Belgrade 3
Berti Vogts  West Germany West Germany Borussia Mönchengladbach 3
18 Terry Cooper  England England Leeds United 2
Francis Lee  England England Manchester City 2
Wolfgang Overath  West Germany West Germany Köln 2
Wilfried Van Moer  Belgium Belgium Standard Liège 2
22 Bobby Charlton  England England Manchester United 1
Albert Shesternyov  Soviet Union Soviet Union CSKA Moscow 1


  1. ^ France Football reports Chivers with 13 points.


  1. ^ Pierrend, José Luis (7 Apr 2005). "European Footballer of the Year ("Ballon d'Or") 1971". RSSSF. Archived from the original on 18 January 2009. Retrieved 25 December 2008. 
  2. ^ "European Footballer of the Year ("Ballon d'Or")". RSSSF. 18 December 2008. Archived from the original on 17 December 2008. Retrieved 25 December 2008. 

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