FIFA Golden Ball

Updated: January 13, 2014, 7:35 PM ET
Associated Press

Winners of the FIFA Golden Ball as world player of the year (award known as FIFA player of the year from 1991-09 before merging with the magazine France Football's Golden Ball award for European player of the year):

2013 -- Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal

2012 -- Lionel Messi, Argentina

2011 -- Lionel Messi, Argentina

2010 -- Lionel Messi, Argentina

2009 -- Lionel Messi, Argentina

2008 -- Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal

2007 -- Kaka, Brazil

2006 -- Fabio Cannavaro, Italy

2005 -- Ronaldinho, Brazil

2004 -- Ronaldinho, Brazil

2003 -- Zinedine Zidane, France

2002 -- Ronaldo, Brazil

2001 -- Luis Figo, Portugal

2000 -- Zinedine Zidane, France

1999 -- Rivaldo, Brazil

1998 -- Zinedine Zidane, France

1997 -- Ronaldo, Brazil

1996 -- Ronaldo, Brazil

1995 -- George Weah, Liberia

1994 -- Romario, Brazil

1993 -- Roberto Baggio, Italy

1992 -- Marco Van Basten, Netherlands

1991 -- Lothar Matthaus, Germany

Golden Ball (France Football European Player of the Year)

2009 -- Lionel Messi, Barcelona

2008 -- Cristiano Ronaldo, Manchester United

2007 -- Kaka, AC Milan

2006 -- Fabio Cannavaro, Real Madrid

2005 -- Ronaldinho, Barcelona

2004 -- Andriy Shevchenko, AC Milan

2003 -- Pavel Nedved, Juventus

2002 -- Ronaldo, Real Madrid

2001 -- Michael Owen, Liverpool

2000 -- Luis Figo, Real Madrid

1999 -- Rivaldo, Barcelona

1998 -- Zinedine Zidane, Juventus

1997 -- Ronaldo, Inter Milan

1996 -- Matthias Sammer, Borussia Dortmund

1995 -- George Weah, AC Milan

1994 -- Hristo Stoichkov, Barcelona

1993 -- Roberto Baggio, Juventus

1992 -- Marco Van Basten, AC Milan

1991 -- Jean-Pierre Papin, Marseille

1990 -- Lothar Matthaus, Inter Milan

1989 -- Marco Van Basten, AC Milan

1988 -- Marco Van Basten, AC Milan

1987 -- Ruud Gullit, AC Milan

1986 -- Igor Belanov, Dynamo Kiev

1985 -- Michel Platini, Juventus

1984 -- Michel Platini, Juventus

1983 -- Michel Platini, Juventus

1982 -- Paolo Rossi, Juventus

1981 -- Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, Bayern Munich

1980 -- Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, Bayern Munich

1979 -- Kevin Keegan, Hamburg SV

1978 -- Kevin Keegan, Hamburg SV

1977 -- Allan Simonsen, Borussia Moenchengladbach

1976 -- Franz Beckenbauer, Bayern Munich

1975 -- Oleg Blokhin, Dynamo Kiev

1974 -- Johan Cruyff, Barcelona

1973 -- Johan Cruyff, Barcelona

1972 -- Franz Beckenbauer, Bayern Munich

1971 -- Johan Cruyff, Ajax

1970 -- Gerd Muller, Bayern Munich

1969 -- Gianni Rivera, AC Milan

1968 -- George Best, Manchester United

1967 -- Florian Albert, Ferencvaros

1966 -- Bobby Charlton, Manchester United

1965 -- Eusebio, Benfica

1964 -- Denis Law, Manchester United

1963 -- Lev Yashin, Dynamo Moscow

1962 -- Josef Masopust, Dukla Prague

1961 -- Omar Sivori, Juventus

1960 -- Luis Suarez, Barcelona

1959 -- Alfredo Di Stefano, Real Madrid

1958 -- Raymond Kopa, Real Madrid

1957 -- Alfredo Di Stefano, Real Madrid

1956 -- Stanley Matthews, Blackpool


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