FIFA World Cup awards
At the end of each FIFA World Cup final tournament, several awards are presented to the players and teams which have distinguished themselves in various aspects of the game.
There are currently five post-tournament awards, and one given during the tournament:
- the Golden Ball (currently commercially termed "adidas Golden Ball") for best player, first awarded in 1982;
- the Golden Boot (currently commercially termed "adidas Golden Boot", previously known as the "adidas Golden Shoe" from 1982 to 2006) for top goal scorer, first awarded in 1982;
- the Golden Glove Award (currently commercially termed "adidas Golden Glove"; previously known as the "Lev Yashin Award" from 1994 to 2006) for best goalkeeper, first awarded in 1994;
- the Best Young Player (currently commercially termed as "Hyundai Best Young Player") award for best player under 21 years of age at the start of the calendar year, first awarded in 2006;
- the FIFA Fair Play Trophy for the team that advanced to the second round with the best record of fair play, first awarded in 1970;
- the Man of the Match Award (currently commercially termed as "Budweiser Man of the Match") for outstanding performance during each game of the tournament, first awarded in 2002.
Two other awards were given between 1994 and 2006:
- The Most Entertaining Team award for the team that has entertained the public the most, during the World Cup final tournament, as determined by a poll of the general public;
- An All-Star Team comprising the best players of the tournament chosen by the technical study group.
The Golden Ball award is presented to the best player at each FIFA World Cup finals, with a shortlist drawn up by the FIFA technical committee and the winner voted for by representatives of the media. Those who finish as runners-up in the vote receive the Silver Ball and Bronze Ball awards as the second and third most outstanding players in the tournament respectively. The current award was introduced in the 1982 FIFA World Cup, sponsored by Adidas and France Football, though fifa.com also lists in their player articles as "golden ball winners" Kempes, Cruyff, Pelé, Bobby Charlton, Garrincha and Didi for 1978, 1974, 1970, 1966, 1962 and 1958 respectively. Barcelona is the only club whose players have won the Golden Ball a record 3 times (Johan Cruyff in 1974, Romário in 1994, Lionel Messi in 2014).
|West Germany / Germany||1||4||3||8|
The Golden Boot or Golden Shoe Award goes to the top goalscorer of the FIFA World Cup. While every World Cup had a ranking of the goalscorers, the first time an award was given was in 1982, under the name Golden Shoe. It was rechristened Golden Boot in 2010. FIFA sometimes lists the top goalscorers of previous Cups among the Golden Boot winners.
If there is more than one player with the same number of goals, since 1994 the tie-breaker goes to the player with fewer goals scored from penalties, then next tie breaker goes to the person with more assists - with the FIFA Technical Study Group deciding whether an assist is to be counted as such. If there is still more than one player, the tie-breaker since 2006 goes to the player who has played the least amount of time, which translates to a higher goal average.
|World Cup||Top goalscorer||Goals||Runners-up||Goals||Third place||Goals|
|1930 Uruguay||Guillermo Stábile||8||Pedro Cea||5||Bert Patenaude||4|
|1934 Italy||Oldřich Nejedlý||5[a]|| Edmund Conen
|1938 France||Leônidas||7[b]|| György Sárosi
|1950 Brazil||Ademir||8[c]||Óscar Míguez|| Alcides Ghiggia
|1954 Switzerland||Sándor Kocsis||11|| Josef Hügi
|1958 Sweden||Just Fontaine||13|| Pelé|
|1962 Chile|| Flórián Albert
|1966 England||Eusébio||9||Helmut Haller||6|| Valeriy Porkujan
|1970 Mexico||Gerd Müller||10||Jairzinho||7||Teófilo Cubillas||5|
|1974 West Germany||Grzegorz Lato||7|| Andrzej Szarmach
|1978 Argentina||Mario Kempes||6||Teófilo Cubillas||Rob Rensenbrink||5|
|World Cup||Golden Shoe||Goals||Silver Shoe||Goals||Bronze Shoe||Goals|
|1982 Spain||Paolo Rossi||6||Karl-Heinz Rummenigge||5||Zico||4|
|1986 Mexico||Gary Lineker||6|| Emilio Butragueño
|1990 Italy||Salvatore Schillaci||6||Tomáš Skuhravý||5|| Roger Milla
|1994 United States|| Oleg Salenko[d]
| Kennet Andersson
|1998 France||Davor Šuker||6|| Gabriel Batistuta
|2002 South Korea/Japan||Ronaldo||8[h][i]|| Miroslav Klose
|2006 Germany||Miroslav Klose||5||Hernán Crespo||3[j]||Ronaldo||3[j]|
|World Cup||Golden Boot||Goals||Silver Boot||Goals||Bronze Boot||Goals|
|2010 South Africa||Thomas Müller||5[k]||David Villa||5[k]||Wesley Sneijder||5[k]|
|2014 Brazil||James Rodríguez||6||Thomas Müller||5|| Neymar
|2018 Russia||Harry Kane||6||Antoine Griezmann||4[m]||Romelu Lukaku||4[m]|
The Golden Glove Award is awarded to the best goalkeeper of the tournament. The award was introduced with the name Lev Yashin Award in 1994, in honor of the late Soviet goalkeeper. The FIFA Technical Study Group recognises the top goalkeeper of the tournament based on the player's performance throughout the final competition. Although goalkeepers have this specific award for their position, they are still eligible for the Golden Ball as well, as when Oliver Kahn was awarded in 2002. In the event of a tie, the Golden Glove Award goes to the goalkeeper who progressed furthest in the competition. The next tiebreakers are saves made, then minutes played.
|World Cup||Golden Glove|
|1994 United States||Michel Preud'homme|
|1998 France||Fabien Barthez|
|2002 Korea/Japan||Oliver Kahn|
|2006 Germany||Gianluigi Buffon|
|2010 South Africa||Iker Casillas|
|2014 Brazil||Manuel Neuer|
|2018 Russia||Thibaut Courtois|
Although the Golden Glove Award was first awarded in 1994, every All-Star Team in World Cups prior to 1998 except 1990 included only one goalkeeper.
Best Young Player Award
The Best Young Player award was awarded for the first time at the 2006 World Cup in Germany and given to Germany's Lukas Podolski. The award is given to the best player in the tournament who is at most 21 years old. For the 2018 World Cup, this meant that the player had to have been born on or after 1 January 1997. The election took place on FIFA's official World Cup website with the help of The FIFA Technical Study Group.
FIFA organised a survey on the Internet for users to choose the "best young player" of the World Cup, between 1958 and 2002, named the best young player of each tournament. With 61% of the overall vote, the winner was Pelé, who finished ahead of the Peruvian Teófilo Cubillas, the best young player at Mexico 1970, and England's Michael Owen, who reached similar heights at France 98.
|World Cup||Best Young Player||Age|
|1962 Chile||Flórián Albert||20|
|1966 England||Franz Beckenbauer||20|
|1970 Mexico||Teófilo Cubillas||21|
|1974 West Germany||Władysław Żmuda||20|
|1978 Argentina||Antonio Cabrini||20|
|1982 Spain||Manuel Amoros||21|
|1986 Mexico||Enzo Scifo||20|
|1990 Italy||Robert Prosinečki||21|
|1994 United States||Marc Overmars||20|
|1998 France||Michael Owen||18|
|2002 Korea/Japan||Landon Donovan||20|
|2006 Germany||Lukas Podolski||21|
|2010 South Africa||Thomas Müller||20|
|2014 Brazil||Paul Pogba||21|
|2018 Russia||Kylian Mbappé||19|
FIFA Fair Play Trophy
The FIFA Fair Play Trophy is given to the team with the best record of fair play during the World Cup final tournament since 1970. Only teams that qualified for the second round are considered. The winners of this award earn the FIFA Fair Play Trophy, a diploma, a fair play medal for each player and official, and $50,000 worth of football equipment to be used for youth development.
The appearance of the award was originally a certificate. From 1982 to 1990, it had been a golden trophy based on Sport Billy, a football-playing cartoon character from 1982 who became an icon for FIFA Fair play. Ever since 1994, it is simply a trophy with an elegant footballer figure. Peru was the first nation to win the award after receiving no yellow or red cards in the 1970 FIFA World Cup held in Mexico.
|World Cup||FIFA Fair Play Trophy Winners|
|1974 West Germany||West Germany|
|1994 United States||Brazil|
|1998 France|| England|
|2006 Germany|| Brazil|
|2010 South Africa||Spain|
Man of the Match
The Man of the Match award picks the outstanding player in every game of the tournament since 2002. While the inaugural two editions were chosen by the technical group, the Man of the Match is since 2010 picked by an online poll on FIFA's website.
|World Cup||Most Man of the Match wins||Wins|
|2002 South Korea/Japan||Rivaldo||3|
|2006 Germany||Andrea Pirlo||3|
|2010 South Africa||Wesley Sneijder||4|
|2014 Brazil||Lionel Messi||4|
|2018 Russia||Antoine Griezmann||3|
As of 15 July 2018
|Rank||Player||Country||MoM||WC with awards|
|1||Arjen Robben||Netherlands||6||2006, 2010, 2014|
|Cristiano Ronaldo||Portugal||2010, 2014, 2018|
|Lionel Messi||Argentina||2010, 2014, 2018|
|4||Luis Suárez||Uruguay||5||2010, 2014, 2018|
|5||Eden Hazard||Belgium||4||2014, 2018|
|Keisuke Honda||Japan||2010, 2014|
|James Rodríguez||Colombia||2014, 2018|
|Miroslav Klose||Germany||2002, 2006|
|Park Ji-sung||South Korea||2002, 2006, 2010|
|Thomas Müller||Germany||2010, 2014|
As of 15 July 2018
Most Entertaining Team
The FIFA Award for the Most Entertaining Team is a subjectively awarded prize for the team that had done the most to entertain the public with a positive approach to the game, organised through public participation in a poll starting in 1994.
|World Cup||Most Entertaining Team Award|
|1994 United States||Brazil|
|2002 Korea/Japan||South Korea|
|2010 South Africa||Germany|
The All-Star Team is a team of the best performers at the respective World Cup finals. The ways in which the FIFA All-Star team members have been chosen officially (1994–2006) or unofficially (1930–1990 and 2010–2018) has varied from year to year. Until 1990, a technical study group consisting of journalists - mostly from Europe and South America - and experts has historically chosen the team. However, in 1994 FIFA decided to add an official squad, chosen by the FIFA technical group and under the brand name MasterCard All-Star Team. For 1998, 2002 and 2006, substitute and reserve members were also nominated for full 22 and 23-player squads. After FIFA changed its sponsorship from MasterCard to Visa in 2007, it published All-Star Teams based on other sponsors' statistical data, which evaluates players' performances, in its official website but it explained these are not awards.
|1974 West Germany[α]|
|1994 United States|
|2010 South Africa[δ]|
- Twelve players were exceptionally selected instead of eleven.
- In addition to the 16 of the All-Star Team, six reserves were listed: Edwin van der Sar, Juan Sebastián Verón, Thierry Henry, Jay-Jay Okocha, Michael Owen, and Christian Vieri.
- In addition to the 16 of the All-Star Team, seven reserves were listed: Iker Casillas, Cafu, Dietmar Hamann, Joaquín, Hidetoshi Nakata, Landon Donovan, and Marc Wilmots.
- Castrol published a team of the tournament based on their Castrol Performance Index.
- McDonald's sponsored in 2018 a fantasy football game, whose team of highest-scoring players was published.
- Only three players have been named in three separate All-Star teams: Djalma Santos in 1954, 1958 and 1962, Franz Beckenbauer in 1966, 1970 and 1974, Philipp Lahm in 2006, 2010 and 2014. Djalma Santos is especially the only player included three times in the best eleven.
- 21 players have been named in two separate All-Star teams: Luis Monti (1930 and 1934; representing Argentina and Italy respectively); Garrincha (1958 and 1962); Pelé (1958 and 1970); Bobby Charlton (1966 and 1970); Ruud Krol and Rob Rensenbrink (1974 and 1978); Berti Vogts (1974 and 1978); Paolo Rossi (1978 and 1982); Michel Platini (1982 and 1986); Diego Maradona (1986 and 1990); Paolo Maldini (1990 and 1994); Dunga (1994 and 1998); Roberto Carlos, Rivaldo, and Ronaldo (1998 and 2002); Lilian Thuram and Zinedine Zidane (1998 and 2006); Michael Ballack and Miroslav Klose (2002 and 2006); Manuel Neuer (2010 and 2014); Thiago Silva (2014 and 2018).
- Pelé hold the record of the longest time between being named in two separate All-Star teams by 12 years apart (1958 and 1970).
- Uruguay in 1930 and 1950, Spain in 2010 and Germany in 2014 are the only teams to have had a player in every position on the All-Star Team. Germany and Italy achieved it in 2006, however, the 2006 edition listed 23 players.
- Uruguay in 1930 and Italy in 2006 have the most players selected in the All-Star Team with 7 players each. However, the 1930 selection only had 11 players overall, while the 2006 selection had 23.
- 39 different Brazilian players have been named 47 times in All-Star teams.
- Only three players from North American zone and two from each the African and Asian zones have been named to All-Star teams, Bert Patenaude and Claudio Reyna from the United States in 1930 and 2002, as well as Luis Gabelo Conejo from Costa Rica in 1990, Hong Myung-bo and Yoo Sang-chul of South Korea in 2002 and Roger Milla from Cameroon in 1990 and El Hadji Diouf from Senegal in 2002. Another player from each zone has been named in reserves: Jay-Jay Okocha from Nigeria in 1998, Hidetoshi Nakata from Japan in 2002 and Landon Donovan from the United States in 2006.
- Only one player on the victorious 1986 Argentina team, Diego Maradona, was selected in that year's All-Star team.
- Uniquely, brothers Brian Laudrup and Michael Laudrup were both selected for the All Star Team from Denmark in 1998.
- Similarly, Cesare Maldini and Paolo Maldini are the only father and son players that were both selected for the All Star Team from Italy, in 1962 and 1990, 1994 respectively.
Since 2010, the fans' Dream Team is being voted by online poll of FIFA.com.
|2010 South Africa||Yingli|
Goal of the Tournament
|World Cup||Player||Scored against||Score (1)||Result (1)||Round||Source|
|2006 Germany||Maxi Rodríguez||Mexico||2‒1||2‒1||Round of 16|||
|2010 South Africa||Diego Forlán||Germany||2‒1||2‒3||3rd place match|
|2014 Brazil||James Rodríguez||Uruguay||1‒0||2‒0||Round of 16|
|2018 Russia||Benjamin Pavard||Argentina||2‒2||4‒3||Round of 16|
- (1) First number represents players team, while second number represents opponents team
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