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1971 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.

Johan Cruyff being presented with one of his three Ballon d'Or awardsJohan Cruyff being presented with one of his three Ballon d'Or awards

Below are the nominees in the final order after voting for the 1971 award. The winner was the Dutch player Johan Cruyff, his first of three Ballon d'Or awards. Cruyff also won in 1973 and 1974. Cruyff was the first player from the Netherlands to win the award. See the list of all Ballon d'Or winners.

Final order for the men's 1971 Ballon d'Or

Order Player Club Nationality Points
1 Johan Cruyff Netherlands Ajax 116
2 Sandro Mazzola Italy Internazionale 57
3 George Best Northern Ireland Manchester United 56
4 Günter Netzer West Germany Borussia Mönchengladbach 30
5 Franz Beckenbauer West Germany Bayern Munich 27
6 Gerd Müller West Germany Bayern Munich 18
Josip Skoblar Yugoslavia Marseille 18
8 Martin Chivers[notes 1] England Tottenham Hotspur 12
9 Piet Keizer Netherlands Ajax 9
10 Bobby Moore England West Ham United 7
Ferenc Bene Hungary Újpest 7
12 Yevhen Rudakov Soviet Union Dynamo Kyiv 6
13 Giacinto Facchetti Italy Internazionale 4
Mimis Domazos Greece Panathinaikos 4
15 Pirri Spain Real Madrid 3
Dragan Džajić Yugoslavia Red Star Belgrade 3
Berti Vogts West Germany Borussia Mönchengladbach 3
18 Terry Cooper England Leeds United 2
Francis Lee England Manchester City 2
Wolfgang Overath West Germany 1. FC Köln 2
Wilfried Van Moer Belgium Standard Liège 2
22 Bobby Charlton England Manchester United 1
Albert Shesternyov Soviet Union CSKA Moscow 1


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