List of Ballon d’Or winners since 1956

List of Ballon d’Or winners since the award’s inception in 1956 after Cristiano Ronaldo was named 2016 winner on Monday:

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 (Soviet Union) 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 Mueller (West Germany) 1971 – Johan Cruyff (Netherlands) 1972 – Franz Beckenbauer (Germany) 1973 – Johan Cruyff (Netherlands) 1974 – Johan Cruyff (Netherlands) 1975 – Oleg Blokhin (Soviet Union) 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 (Soviet Union) 1987 – Ruud Gullit (Netherlands) 1988 – Marco van Basten (Netherlands)

1989 – Marco van Basten (Netherlands) 1990 – Lothar Matthaeus (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 – Andriy Shevchenko (Ukraine)

2005 – Ronaldinho (Brazil)

2006 – Fabio Cannavaro (Italy)

2007 – Kaka (Brazil)

2008 – Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) 2009 – Lionel Messi (Argentina) 2010 – Lionel Messi (Argentina)

* 2011 – Lionel Messi (Argentina) * 2012 – Lionel Messi (Argentina) * 2013 – Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) * 2014 – Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) * 2015 – Lionel Messi (Argentina) * 2016 – Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal)

* From 2010-2015 the Ballon d’Or was merged with the FIFA World Player of the Year to create the FIFA Ballon d’Or award.

Credit: Marca.com

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