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List of World Footballers of the Year
January 12, 2015 / 7:20 PM / 3 years ago

List of World Footballers of the Year

ZURICH (Reuters) - Previous winners of the World Player of the Year, FIFA World Player of the Year and European Footballer of the Year/Ballon D‘Or awards.

In 2010 the Ballon D‘Or award was merged with FIFA’s World Player of the Year award.

FIFA Ballon d‘Or winners

2010 - Lionel Messi (Argentina)

2011 - Lionel Messi (Argentina)

2012 - Lionel Messi (Argentina)

2013 - Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal)

2014 - Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal)

FIFA World Players of the Year

1991 - Lotthar Matthaeus (Germany)

1992 - Marco van Batsen (Netherlands)

1993 - Roberto Baggio (Italy)

1994 - Romario (Brazil)

1995 - George Weah (Liberia)

1996 - Ronaldo (Brazil)

1997 - Ronaldo (Brazil)

1998 - Zinedine Zidane (France)

1999 - Rivaldo (Brazil)

2000 - Zinedine Zidane (France)

2001 - Luis Figo (Portugal)

2002 - Ronaldo (Brazil)

2003 - Zinedine Zidane (France)

2004 - Ronaldinho (Brazil)

2005 - Ronaldinho (Brazil)

2006 - Fabio Cannavaro (Italy)

2007 - Kaka (Brazil)

2008 - Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal)

2009 - Lionel Messi (Argentina)

European (Ballon d‘Or) Footballers of the Year

1956 - Stanley Matthews (England)

1957 - Alfredo Di Stefano (Spain)

1958 - Raymond Kopa (France)

1959 - Alfredo Di Stefano (Spain)

1960 - Luis Suarez (Spain)

1961 - Omar Sivori (Italy)

1962 - Josef Masopust (Czechoslovakia)

1963 - Lev Yashin (USSR)

1964 - Denis Law (Scotland)

1965 - Eusebio (Portugal)

1966 - Bobby Charlton (England)

1967 - Florian Albert (Hungary)

1968 - George Best (Northern Ireland)

1969 - Gianni Rivera (Italy)

1970 - Gerd Muller (West Germany)

1971 - Johan Cruyff (Netherlands)

1972 - Franz Beckenbauer (Netherlands)

1973 - Johan Cruyff (Netherlands)

1974 - Johan Cruyff (Netherlands)

1975 - Oleg Blokhin (USSR)

1976 - Franz Beckenbauer(West Germany)

1977 - Allan Simonsen (Denmark)

1978 - Kevin Keegan (England)

1979 - Kevin Keegan (England)

1980 - Karl-Heinz Rummenigge (West Germany)

1981 - Karl-Heinz Rummenigge (West Germany)

1982 - Paolo Rossi (Italy)

1983 - Michel Platini (France)

1984 - Michel Platini (France)

1985 - Michel Platini (France)

1986 - Igor Belanov (USSR)

1987 - Ruud Gullit (Netherlands)

1988 - Marco van Basten (Netherlands)

1989 - Marco van Basten (Netherlands)

1990 - Lothar Matthaus (Germany)

1991 - Jean-Pierre Papin (France)

1992 - Marco van Basten (Netherlands)

1993 - Roberto Baggio (Italy)

1994 - Hristo Stoichkov (Bulgaria)

1995 - George Weah (Liberia)

1996 - Matthias Sammer (Germany)

1997 - Ronaldo (Brazil)

1998 - Zinedine Zidane (France)

1999 - Rivaldo (Brazil)

2000 - Luis Figo (Portugal)

2001 - Michael Owen (England)

2002 - Ronaldo (Brazil)

2003 - Pavel Nedved (Czech Republic)

2004 - Andrei Shevchenko (Ukraine)

2005 - Ronaldinho (Brazil)

2006 - Fabio Cannavaro (Italy)

2007 - Kaka (Brazil)

2008 - Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal)

2009 - Lionel Messi (Argentina)

Reporting by Mike Collett, editing by Ed Osmond

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