The Ballon d’Or award is the most prestigious individual honor that any player can receive and that’s the aim of many but only few were able to win it. With so many talented footballers all over the world, it’s indeed a great privilege to win this award and it gives the player so much fulfillment in his career.
The first player to ever win the Ballon d’Or was Stanley Matthews. He won it in 1956 with Blackpool in England. After him, Real Madrid and Barcelona players took over for 4 years before players from other teams won it.
Johan Cruyff was the first player to win the award for more than one consecutive time in the years 1973 and 1974. After him other players won it for 2 successive years and currently the player to have won it for more successive years is Barcelona star, Lionel Messi; for 4 consecutive times.
Liberian legend, George Weah won it with AC Milan in 1995 and became the first non-European player to ever win the award and after him a list of other football legends following suit to win it for their remarkable performance in those years.
For the past 9 years, Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo and Barcelona’s Lionel Messi have won it between them, with Messi winning it the most. Cristiano Ronlado won it in 2008 with Manchester United before joining Real Madrid in 2009.
The Winners From 2008-2016
2008- Cristiano ROnaldo
2009- Lionel Messi
2010- Lionel Messi
2011- Lionel Messi
2012- Lionel Messi
2013- Cristiano Ronaldo
2014- Cristiano Ronaldo
2015- Lionel Messi
2016- Cristiano Ronlado
Who will win the 2017 Ballon d’or ? Would Cristiano Ronaldo win it to tie with Messi or another player would shock the world?..