FIFA World Player of the Year

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Brazilians Ronaldo and Marta, the youngest recipients at age 20, won three and five awards respectively.

The FIFA World Player of the Year was an association football award presented annually by the sport's governing body, FIFA, between 1991 and 2015. Originally an honour awarded to world's best men's player from 1991–2000, it was awarded to both men and women from 2001–2009. After 2010, it has been presented exclusively to the best women's player. Coaches and captains of international teams and media representatives selected the player they deem to have performed the best in the previous calendar year.

During the men's era, Brazilian players won 8 out of 19 years, compared to three wins – the second most – for French players. In terms of individual players, Brazil again led with five, followed by Italy and Portugal with two each.[1][2] The youngest winner was Ronaldo, who won at 20 years old in 1996, and the oldest winner was Fabio Cannavaro, who won aged 33 in 2006.[3][4] Ronaldo and Zinedine Zidane each won the award three times, while Ronaldo and Ronaldinho were the only players to win in successive years. From 2010 to 2015, the equivalent men's award was the FIFA Ballon d'Or.[5][6]

Eight women's footballers – three Germans, three Americans, one Brazilian, and one Japanese – have won the award. Marta, the youngest recipient at age 20 in 2006, has won five successive awards, the most of any player. Birgit Prinz won three times in a row and Mia Hamm won twice in a row. The oldest winner is Nadine Angerer, who was 35 when she won in 2013; she is also the only goalkeeper of either sex to win.

Voting and selection process[edit]

The winners are chosen by the coaches and captains of national teams as well as by international media representatives invited by FIFA.[7] In a voting system based on positional voting, each voter is allotted three votes, worth five points, three points and one point, and the three finalists are ordered based on total number of points. Following criticism from some sections of the media over nominations in previous years, FIFA has since 2004 provided shortlists from which its voters can select their choices.[8]

FIFA World Player of the Year[edit]

Year Rank Player Team
1991 1st Germany Lothar Matthäus Italy Internazionale
2nd France Jean-Pierre Papin France Marseille
3rd England Gary Lineker England Tottenham Hotspur
1992 1st Netherlands Marco van Basten Italy Milan
2nd Bulgaria Hristo Stoichkov Spain Barcelona
3rd Germany Thomas Häßler Italy Roma
1993 1st Italy Roberto Baggio Italy Juventus
2nd Brazil Romário Spain Barcelona
3rd Netherlands Dennis Bergkamp Italy Internazionale
1994 1st Brazil Romário Spain Barcelona
2nd Bulgaria Hristo Stoichkov Spain Barcelona
3rd Italy Roberto Baggio Italy Juventus
1995 1st Liberia George Weah[note 1] Italy Milan
2nd Italy Paolo Maldini Italy Milan
3rd Germany Jürgen Klinsmann[note 2] Germany Bayern Munich
1996 1st Brazil Ronaldo[note 3] Spain Barcelona
2nd Liberia George Weah Italy Milan
3rd England Alan Shearer[note 4] England Newcastle United
1997 1st Brazil Ronaldo Italy Internazionale
2nd Brazil Roberto Carlos Spain Real Madrid
3rd Netherlands Dennis Bergkamp England Arsenal
France Zinedine Zidane Italy Juventus
1998 1st France Zinedine Zidane Italy Juventus
2nd Brazil Ronaldo Italy Internazionale
3rd Croatia Davor Šuker Spain Real Madrid
1999 1st Brazil Rivaldo Spain Barcelona
2nd England David Beckham England Manchester United
3rd Argentina Gabriel Batistuta Italy Fiorentina
2000 1st France Zinedine Zidane Italy Juventus
2nd Portugal Luís Figo[note 5] Spain Real Madrid
3rd Brazil Rivaldo Spain Barcelona
2001 1st Portugal Luís Figo Spain Real Madrid
2nd England David Beckham England Manchester United
3rd Spain Raúl Spain Real Madrid
2002 1st Brazil Ronaldo[note 6] Spain Real Madrid
2nd Germany Oliver Kahn Germany Bayern Munich
3rd France Zinedine Zidane Spain Real Madrid
2003 1st France Zinedine Zidane Spain Real Madrid
2nd France Thierry Henry England Arsenal
3rd Brazil Ronaldo Spain Real Madrid
2004 1st Brazil Ronaldinho Spain Barcelona
2nd France Thierry Henry England Arsenal
3rd Ukraine Andriy Shevchenko Italy Milan
2005 1st Brazil Ronaldinho Spain Barcelona
2nd England Frank Lampard England Chelsea
3rd Cameroon Samuel Eto'o Spain Barcelona
2006 1st Italy Fabio Cannavaro[note 7] Spain Real Madrid
2nd France Zinedine Zidane Spain Real Madrid
3rd Brazil Ronaldinho Spain Barcelona
2007 1st Brazil Kaká Italy Milan
2nd Argentina Lionel Messi Spain Barcelona
3rd Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo England Manchester United
2008 1st Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo England Manchester United
2nd Argentina Lionel Messi Spain Barcelona
3rd Spain Fernando Torres England Liverpool
2009 1st Argentina Lionel Messi Spain Barcelona
2nd Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo[note 8] England Manchester United
3rd Spain Xavi Spain Barcelona

Source:[1]

From 2010 to 2015, the world's best player was awarded the FIFA Ballon d'Or. In 2016, FIFA created The Best FIFA Men's Player to honour the best player around the world.

Wins by player[edit]

Player 1st 2nd 3rd
France Zinedine Zidane 3 (1998, 2000, 2003) 1 (2006) 2 (1997, 2002)
Brazil Ronaldo 3 (1996, 1997, 2002) 1 (1998) 1 (2003)
Brazil Ronaldinho 2 (2004, 2005) 1 (2006)
Argentina Lionel Messi 1 (2009) 2 (2007, 2008)
Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo 1 (2008) 1 (2009) 1 (2007)
Portugal Luís Figo 1 (2001) 1 (2000)
Brazil Romário 1 (1994) 1 (1993)
Liberia George Weah 1 (1995) 1 (1996)
Italy Roberto Baggio 1 (1993) 1 (1994)
Brazil Rivaldo 1 (1999) 1 (2000)
Germany Lothar Matthäus 1 (1991)
Netherlands Marco van Basten 1 (1992)
Italy Fabio Cannavaro 1 (2006)
Brazil Kaká 1 (2007)

Wins by country[edit]

Country Players Total
 Brazil 5 8
 Italy 2 2
 Portugal 2 2
 France 1 3
 Germany 1 1
 Netherlands 1 1
 Liberia 1 1
 Argentina 1 1

Wins by club[edit]

Club Players Total
Spain Barcelona 5 6
Spain Real Madrid 4 4
Italy Milan 3 3
Italy Juventus 2 3
Italy Internazionale 2 2
England Manchester United 1 1

FIFA Women's World Player of the Year[edit]

Year Rank Player Team
2001 1st United States Mia Hamm United States Washington Freedom
2nd China Sun Wen United States Atlanta Beat
3rd United States Tiffeny Milbrett United States New York Power
2002 1st United States Mia Hamm United States Washington Freedom
2nd Germany Birgit Prinz Germany 1. FFC Frankfurt
3rd China Sun Wen United States Atlanta Beat
2003 1st Germany Birgit Prinz Germany 1. FFC Frankfurt
2nd United States Mia Hamm United States Washington Freedom
3rd Sweden Hanna Ljungberg Sweden Umeå IK
2004 1st Germany Birgit Prinz Germany 1. FFC Frankfurt
2nd United States Mia Hamm United States Washington Freedom
3rd Brazil Marta Sweden Umeå IK
2005 1st Germany Birgit Prinz Germany 1. FFC Frankfurt
2nd Brazil Marta Sweden Umeå IK
3rd United States Shannon Boxx Unattached
2006 1st Brazil Marta Sweden Umeå IK
2nd United States Kristine Lilly Sweden KIF Örebro DFF
3rd Germany Renate Lingor Germany 1. FFC Frankfurt
2007 1st Brazil Marta Sweden Umeå IK
2nd Germany Birgit Prinz Germany 1. FFC Frankfurt
3rd Brazil Cristiane Germany VfL Wolfsburg
2008 1st Brazil Marta Sweden Umeå IK
2nd Germany Birgit Prinz Germany 1. FFC Frankfurt
3rd Brazil Cristiane[note 9] Brazil Corinthians
2009 1st Brazil Marta[note 10] Brazil Santos
2nd Germany Birgit Prinz Germany 1. FFC Frankfurt
3rd England Kelly Smith[note 11] United States Boston Breakers
2010 1st Brazil Marta Brazil Santos
2nd Germany Birgit Prinz Germany 1. FFC Frankfurt
3rd Germany Fatmire Bajramaj Germany 1. FFC Turbine Potsdam
2011 1st Japan Homare Sawa Japan INAC Kobe Leonessa
2nd Brazil Marta[note 12] United States Western New York Flash
3rd United States Abby Wambach United States magicJack
2012 1st United States Abby Wambach Unattached
2nd Brazil Marta Sweden Tyresö FF
3rd United States Alex Morgan United States Seattle Sounders Women
2013 1st Germany Nadine Angerer[note 13] Australia Brisbane Roar
2nd United States Abby Wambach United States Western New York Flash
3rd Brazil Marta Sweden Tyresö FF
2014 1st Germany Nadine Keßler Germany VfL Wolfsburg
2nd Brazil Marta[note 14] Sweden FC Rosengård
3rd United States Abby Wambach United States Western New York Flash
2015 1st United States Carli Lloyd United States Houston Dash
2nd Germany Célia Šašić Germany 1. FFC Frankfurt
3rd Japan Aya Miyama Japan Okayama Yunogo Belle

Source:[1]

In 2016, FIFA created The Best FIFA Women's Player award instead.

Wins by player[edit]

Player 1st 2nd 3rd
Brazil Marta 5 (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010) 4 (2005, 2011, 2012, 2014) 2 (2004, 2013)
Germany Birgit Prinz 3 (2003, 2004, 2005) 5 (2002, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010)
United States Mia Hamm 2 (2001, 2002) 2 (2003, 2004)
United States Abby Wambach 1 (2012) 1 (2013) 2 (2011, 2014)
Japan Homare Sawa 1 (2011)
Germany Nadine Angerer 1 (2013)
Germany Nadine Keßler 1 (2014)
United States Carli Lloyd 1 (2015)

Wins by country[edit]

Country Players Total
 Germany 3 5
 Brazil 1 5
 United States 3 4
 Japan 1 1

Wins by club[edit]

Club Players Total
Germany 1. FFC Frankfurt 1 3
Sweden Umeå IK 1 3
United States Washington Freedom 1 2
Brazil Santos 1 2
Japan INAC Kobe Leonessa 1 1
Australia Brisbane Roar 1 1
Germany VfL Wolfsburg 1 1
United States Houston Dash 1 1

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Weah was signed by Milan from Paris Saint-Germain midway through 1995.
  2. ^ Klinsmann was signed by Bayern Munich from Tottenham Hotspur midway through 1995.
  3. ^ Ronaldo was signed by Barcelona from PSV Eindhoven midway through 1996.
  4. ^ Shearer was signed by Newcastle United from Blackburn Rovers midway through 1996.
  5. ^ Figo was signed by Real Madrid from Barcelona midway through 2000.
  6. ^ Ronaldo was signed by Real Madrid from Internazionale midway through 2002.
  7. ^ Cannavaro was signed by Real Madrid from Juventus midway through 2006.
  8. ^ Cristiano Ronaldo was signed by Real Madrid from Manchester United midway through 2009.
  9. ^ Cristiane was signed by Corinthians from Linköpings F.C. midway through 2008.
  10. ^ Marta was signed by Santos from Los Angeles Sol midway through 2009.
  11. ^ Smith was signed by Boston Breakers from Arsenal Ladies midway through 2009.
  12. ^ Marta was signed by Western New York Flash from Santos midway through 2011.
  13. ^ Angerer was signed by Brisbane Roar from 1. FFC Frankfurt midway through 2013.
  14. ^ Marta was signed by FC Rosengård from Tyresö FF midway through 2014.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "FACTSheet FIFA awards" (PDF). FIFA. Retrieved 19 January 2016. 
  2. ^ "FIFA Awards". RSSSF.com. Retrieved 1 April 2013
  3. ^ "Brazil legend Ronaldo retires from football". BBC. Retrieved 17 November 2013
  4. ^ "Cannavaro discusses highs and lows". Football Federation Australia. Retrieved 18 November 2013
  5. ^ "The FIFA Ballon d'Or is born". FIFA.com. Retrieved 12 January 2016
  6. ^ "FIFA Ballon d'Or World Player of the Year: Award History". FIFA.com. Retrieved 12 January 2016
  7. ^ "Messi, Lloyd, Luis Enrique and Ellis triumph at FIFA Ballon d'Or 2015". FIFA. 11 January 2016. Retrieved 13 January 2016. 
  8. ^ FIFA.com - Thirty-five stars make Zurich shortlist