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1962 Ballon d'Or Results

The Ballon d'Or award is an annual football award for the best player from the previous year. Up until 1995 it was awarded only to football players from Europe and was generally known as the European Footballer of the Year award.

Below are the nominees in the final order after voting for the 1962 award. The winner was Josef Masopust. Dukla Prague's Masopust become the first player and only player from Czechoslovakia to win the Ballon d'Or, and the first from Eastern Europe. Masopust was born in an area which now part of the Czech Republic. Only one other Czech player has won the award, Pavel Nedvěd in 2003.

As only European players were eligible for the Ballon d'Or at this time, there may have been players outside of Europe deserving of the best player of the year award. To coincide with the 60th anniversary of the Ballon d'Or in 2016, the results were reevaluated, and it was determined that in 1962 Garrincha would have won if he was eligible.

See the list of all Ballon d'Or winners.

Final order for the men's 1962 Ballon d'Or

Order Player Club Nationality Points
1 Josef Masopust Dukla Prague Czechoslovakia 65
2 Eusébio Benfica Portugal 53
3 Karl-Heinz Schnellinger 1. FC Köln West Germany 33
4 Dragoslav Šekularac Red Star Belgrade Yugoslavia 26
5 Jef Jurion Anderlecht Belgium 15
6 Gianni Rivera Milan Italy 14
7 Jimmy Greaves Tottenham Hotspur England 11
8 John Charles Juventus /  Leeds United / Roma Wales 10
Milan Galić Partizan Yugoslavia 10
10 János Göröcs Újpest Hungary 6
11 José Águas Benfica Portugal 4
Raymond Kopa Reims France 4
Denis Law Torino /  Manchester United Scotland 4
Omar Sívori Juventus Argentina 4
15 Luis Del Sol Real Madrid / Juventus Spain 3
Andrej Kvašňák Sparta Prague Czechoslovakia 3
André Lerond Stade Français France 3
Luis Suárez Internazionale Spain 3
19 Flórián Albert Ferencváros Hungary 2
Kurt Hamrin Fiorentina Sweden 2
Horst Nemec Austria Wien Austria 2
Joaquín Peiró Atlético Madrid / Torino Spain 2
Viliam Schrojf Slovan Bratislava Czechoslovakia 2
Ernő Solymosi Újpest Hungary 2
25 Francisco Gento Real Madrid Spain 1
Ezio Pascutti Bologna Italy 1
Lajos Tichy Budapest Honvéd Hungary 1


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