FIFA Ballon d'Or
The FIFA Ballon d'Or (Template:IPA-fr, "Golden Ball") is an annual association football award given by FIFA to the male player considered to have performed the best in the previous calendar year. It is awarded based on the votes from national team coaches and captains, as well as journalists from around the world.
The award started in 2010 after France Football's Ballon d'Or and the men's FIFA World Player of the Year award were merged. The winner of the inaugural 2010 FIFA Ballon d'Or was Lionel Messi who then went on to reclaim the title the following two years. After the merger, the FIFA World Player of the Year award became a women-only award.
The award has been dominated by Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo as part of their ongoing rivalry. As of 2014, Ronaldo is the most recent recipient of the FIFA Ballon d'Or, after beating Messi and Manuel Neuer to the award.
|Until 2010, the best player in the world won the Ballon d'Or or the FIFA World Player of the Year award|
|2010||23x15px Lionel Messi (Barcelona)||23x15px Andrés Iniesta (Barcelona)||23x15px Xavi (Barcelona)|
|2011||23x15px Lionel Messi (Barcelona)||23x15px Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)||23x15px Xavi (Barcelona)|
|2012||23x15px Lionel Messi (Barcelona)||23x15px Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)||23x15px Andrés Iniesta (Barcelona)|
|2013||23x15px Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)||23x15px Lionel Messi (Barcelona)||23x15px Franck Ribéry (Bayern Munich)|
|2014||23x15px Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)||23x15px Lionel Messi (Barcelona)||23x15px Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich)|
Wins by player
|Player||First place||Second place||Third place|
|1||23x15px Lionel Messi||3||2||0|
|2||23x15px Cristiano Ronaldo||2||2||0|
|3||23x15px Andrés Iniesta||0||1||1|
|5||23x15px Franck Ribéry||0||0||1|
|23x15px Manuel Neuer||0||0||1|
Wins by country
|Country||First place||Second place||Third place|
|1||23x15px Argentina||3 (2010, 2011, 2012)||2 (2013, 2014)||0|
|2||23x15px Portugal||2 (2013, 2014)||2 (2011, 2012)||0|
|3||23x15px Spain||0||1 (2010)||3 (2010, 2011, 2012)|
|4||23x15px France||0||0||1 (2013)|
|23x15px Germany||0||0||1 (2014)|
Wins by club
|Club||First place||Second place||Third place|
|1||23x15px Barcelona||3 (2010, 2011, 2012)||3 (2010, 2013, 2014)||3 (2010, 2011, 2012)|
|2||23x15px Real Madrid||2 (2013, 2014)||2 (2011, 2012)||0|
|3||23x15px Bayern Munich||0||0||2 (2013, 2014)|
Ballon d'Or Prix d'Honneur
In 2014, Pelé was given an honorary Ballon d'Or, having won three FIFA World Cups with Brazil but never an individual award from FIFA, as during his playing career only European-based players were eligible to win the original Ballon d'Or.
- "Cristiano Ronaldo wins Ballon d’Or over Lionel Messi & Manuel Neuer". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 12 January 2015. Retrieved 12 January 2015.
- "Pele receives FIFA Ballon d’Or Prix d’Honneur". FIFA.com (Fédération Internationale de Football Association). 13 January 2014. Retrieved 13 January 2014.