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Top 10 countries with the most Ballon d’Or winners in history

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Ballon d’Or is awarded by the French outlet France Football to the best individual player in the preceding year. It is considered the highest individual honour in the world of football.

There have been many greats who have been awarded the Ballon d’Or. However, during the early days, the award was only given to European players, due to which Pele and Maradona were denied the award despite being the best players of their time. Now it is given to the best player regardless of his country.

So, here we take a look at the top 10 countries with the most Ballon d’Or winners in history.

Top 10 countries with the most Ballon d’Or winners in history

1. Germany [7]

  1. Franz Beckenbauer (1972, 1976)
  2. Karl-Heinz Rummenigge (1980, 1981)
  3. Gerd Muller (1970)
  4. Lothar Matthaus (1990)
  5. Matthias Sammer (1996)

2. Netherlands [7]

  1. Johan Cruyff (1971, 1973, 1974)
  2. Marco van Basten (1988, 1989, 1992)
  3. Ruud Gullit (1987)

3. Portugal [7]

  1. Cristiano Ronaldo (2008, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017)
  2. Eusebio da Silva Ferreira (1965)
  3. Luis Figo (2000)

4. Argentina [7]

  1. Lionel Messi (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2019, 2021)

5. France [6]

  1. Michel Platini (1983, 1984, 1985)
  2. Raymond Kopa (1958)
  3. Jean-Pierre Papin (1991)
  4. Zinedine Zidane (1998)

6. Italy [5]

  1. Fabio Cannavaro (2006)
  2. Gianni Rivera (1969)
  3. Paolo Rossi (1982)
  4. Omar Sivori (1961)
  5. Roberto Baggio (1993)

7. Brazil [5]

  1. Ronaldo Luis Nazario de Lima (1997, 2002)
  2. Kaka (2007)
  3. Rivaldo (1999)
  4. Ronaldinho (2005)

8. England [5]

  1. Kevin Keegan (1978, 1979)
  2. Bobby Charlton (1966)
  3. Stanley Matthews (1956)
  4. Michael Owen (2001)

9. Soviet Union [3]

  1. Igor Belanov (1986)
  2. Oleg Blokhin (1975)
  3. Lev Yashin (1963)

10. Spain [3]

  • Alfredo Di Stefano (1957, 1959)
  • Luis Suarez (1960)

Other countries with Ballon d’Or winners

  • Bulgaria – 1
  • Croatia – 1
  • Czech Republic – 1
  • Czechoslovakia – 1
  • Denmark – 1
  • Hungary – 1
  • Liberia – 1
  • Northern Ireland – 1
  • Scotland – 1
  • Ukraine – 1

Read: Here’s why Cristiano Ronaldo is present but Messi is absent from the Ballon d’Or 2022 nominees list

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Rahul Roy
Rahul Roy
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