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Ballon d’Or Rankings: Players Quickest to Win after Senior Debut

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The Ballon d’Or wasn’t awarded in 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic. But now, the most prestigious individual trophy in world football is set to be awarded again, with Lionel Messi dreaming of a seventh, and a flock of youthful superstars dreaming of unseating the veteran who is an overwhelming favourite. 

Speediest Past Winners: Legendary Ronaldo scoops award in just 4 years

OnlineGambling.com has looked into past legends to work out how long after their professional debut it took the players to win. Topping the list is Brazil icon Ronaldo, who at 21 years old won his first Ballon d’Or, just four years after his senior debut, making him the fastest and youngest winner.

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Real Madrid’s Modrić is the “slowest” player to scoop the award, waiting 15 years after his senior debut.

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