FIFA Ballon d'Or
The FIFA Ballon d'Or (French pronunciation: [balɔ̃ dɔʁ], "Golden Ball") is an annual association football award given by FIFA to the male player considered to have performed the best in the previous calendar year. It is awarded based on the votes from national team coaches and captains, as well as journalists from around the world.
The award started in 2010 after France Football's Ballon d'Or and the men's FIFA World Player of the Year award were merged. The winner of the inaugural 2010 FIFA Ballon d'Or was Lionel Messi who then went on to reclaim the title the following two years. After the merger, the FIFA World Player of the Year award became a women-only award.
The award has been dominated by Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo as part of their ongoing rivalry. As of 2014, Ronaldo is the most recent recipient of the FIFA Ballon d'Or, after beating Messi and Manuel Neuer to the 2014 award.
|Until 2010, the best player in the world won the Ballon d'Or or the FIFA World Player of the Year award.|
|2010||Lionel Messi (Barcelona)||Andrés Iniesta (Barcelona)||Xavi (Barcelona)|
|2011||Lionel Messi (Barcelona)||Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)||Xavi (Barcelona)|
|2012||Lionel Messi (Barcelona)||Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)||Andrés Iniesta (Barcelona)|
|2013||Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)||Lionel Messi (Barcelona)||Franck Ribéry (Bayern Munich)|
|2014||Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)||Lionel Messi (Barcelona)||Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich)|
Wins by player
|Player||First place||Second place||Third place|
Wins by country
|Country||First place||Second place||Third place|
|1||Argentina||3 (2010, 2011, 2012)||2 (2013, 2014)||0|
|2||Portugal||2 (2013, 2014)||2 (2011, 2012)||0|
|3||Spain||0||1 (2010)||3 (2010, 2011, 2012)|
Wins by club
|Club||First place||Second place||Third place|
|1||Barcelona||3 (2010, 2011, 2012)||3 (2010, 2013, 2014)||3 (2010, 2011, 2012)|
|2||Real Madrid||2 (2013, 2014)||2 (2011, 2012)||0|
|3||Bayern Munich||0||0||2 (2013, 2014)|
Ballon d'Or Prix d'Honneur
In 2014, Pelé was given an honorary Ballon d'Or, having won three FIFA World Cups with Brazil but never an individual award from FIFA, as during his playing career only European-based players were eligible to win the original Ballon d'Or.
Media related to FIFA Ballon d'Or at Wikimedia Commons
- "Cristiano Ronaldo wins Ballon d’Or over Lionel Messi & Manuel Neuer". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 12 January 2015. Retrieved 12 January 2015.
- "Pele receives FIFA Ballon d’Or Prix d’Honneur". FIFA.com (Fédération Internationale de Football Association). 13 January 2014. Retrieved 13 January 2014.