European Footballer of the Year

Year Name Country Club
2018 Luka Modrić Croatia Barcelona
2017
Cristiano Ronaldo
Portugal
Real Madrid
2016
Cristiano Ronaldo
Portugal
Real Madrid
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
2007
Kaká
Brazil
AC Milan
2006
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
1983
France
Juventus
1982
Italy
Juventus
1981
West Germany
Bayern Munich
1980
West Germany
Bayern Munich
1979
England
Hamburger SV
1978 Kevin Keegan England Hamburger SV
1977 Allan Simonsen Denmark Bor.Mönchengladbach
1976 Franz Beckenbauer West Germany Bayern Munich
1975 Oleg Blockin Soviet Union Dynamo Kiev
1974 Johan Cruyff Holland FC Barcelona
1973 Johan Cruyff Holland Ajax
1972 Franz Beckenbauer West Germany Bayern München
1971 Johan Cruyff Holland Ajax
1970 Gerd Müller West Germany Bayern Munich
1969 Gianni Rivera Italy AC Milan
1968 George Best Northern Ireland Manchester United
1967 Florian Albert Hungary Ferencváros
1966 Bobby Charlton England Manchester United
1965 Eusebio Portugal Benfica
1964 Denis Law Scotland Manchester United
1963 Lev Yashin Soviet Union Dinamo Moscow
1962 Josef Masopust Czechoslovakia Dukla Prague
1961 Omar Sivori Italy Juventus
1960 Luis Suárez Spain Barcelona
1959 Alfredo di Stefano Spain Real Madrid
1958 Raymond Kopa France Real Madrid
1957 Alfredo di Stefano Spain Real Madrid
1956 Stanley Matthews 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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