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Year
Name
Country
Club
2015
Lionel Messi
Argentina
Barcelona
2014
Cristiano Ronaldo
Portugal
Real Madrid
2013
Cristiano Ronaldo
Portugal
Real Madrid
2012
Lionel Messi
Argentina
Barcelona
2011
Lionel Messi
Argentina
Barcelona
2010
Lionel Messi
Argentina
Barcelona
2009
Lionel Messi
Argentina
Barcelona
2008
Cristiano Ronaldo
Portugal
Manchester United
Kaká
Brazil
AC Milan
Fabio Cannavaro
Italy
Real Madrid
2005
Ronaldinho
Brazil
Barcelona
2004
Andre Sjevtsjenko
Ukraine
AC Milan
2003
Pavel Nedved
Czech Republic
Juventus
2002
Brazil
Real Madrid
2001
Michael Owen
England
Liverpool
2000
Luis Figo
Portugal
Real Madrid
1999
Brazil
Barcelona
1998
France
Juventus
1997
Brazil
Inter Milan
1996
Germany
Borussia Dortmund
1995
Liberia
AC Milan
1994
Bulgaria
Barcelona
1993
Italy
Juventus
1992
Holland
AC Milan
1991
France
Olympique Marseille
1990
West Germany
Inter Milan
1989
Holland
AC Milan
1988
Holland
AC Milan
1987
Holland
AC Milan
1986
Soviet Union
Dynamo Kiev
1985
France
Juventus
1984
France
Juventus
France
Juventus
Italy
Juventus
West Germany
Bayern Munich
West Germany
Bayern Munich
England
Hamburger SV
England
Hamburger SV
Denmark
Bor.Mönchengladbach
West Germany
Bayern Munich
Soviet Union
Dynamo Kiev
Holland
FC Barcelona
Holland
Ajax
West Germany
Bayern München
Holland
Ajax
West Germany
Bayern Munich
Italy
AC Milan
Northern Ireland
Manchester United
Hungary
Ferencváros
England
Manchester United
Portugal
Benfica
Scotland
Manchester United
Soviet Union
Dinamo Moscow
Czechoslovakia
Dukla Prague
Italy
Juventus
Spain
Barcelona
Spain
Real Madrid
France
Real Madrid
Spain
Real Madrid
England
Blackpool
       


European Footballer of the Year?
French magazine France Football have been awarding their coveted Ballon d'Or (Golden Ball) ever since 1956. A balot held under football journalists is used to decide the winning player. Originally the trophy was available only to European players, with the winner of the Ballon d'Or widely recognised as being the European Footballer of the Year. Non-European players that did feature in the results, even winning the trophy on a number of occasions, only did so because they had come to be in possession of a passport from a UEFA member country.

From 1995 onward those non-European footballers that played in a league of one of the UEFA member countries were also eligible, and since 2007 all restrictions have been dropped. As a consequence, the Ballon d'Or can no longer be seen as an election of a European Footballer of the Year.

That last statement is underlined by the fact that the football journalists eligible to vote are now also located all over the World. To prevent journalist voting for obscure local heroes, votes can now only be cast for players on a list of nominees compiled by France Football.

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