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1978 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 1978 award. The winner was Kevin Keegan.

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 1978 Mario Kempes would have won if he was eligible.

See the list of all Ballon d'Or winners.

Final order for the men's 1978 Ballon d'Or

Order Player Club Nationality Points
1 Kevin Keegan Hamburger SV England 87
2 Hans Krankl Barcelona Austria 81
3 Rob Rensenbrink Anderlecht Netherlands 50
4 Roberto Bettega Juventus Italy 28
5 Paolo Rossi L.R. Vicenza Italy 23
6 Ronnie Hellström Kaiserslautern Sweden 20
Ruud Krol Ajax Netherlands 20
8 Kenny Dalglish Liverpool Scotland 10
Allan Simonsen Borussia Mönchengladbach Denmark 10
10 Peter Shilton Nottingham Forest England 9
11 Arie Haan Anderlecht Netherlands 7
12 René van de Kerkhof PSV Eindhoven Netherlands 6
13 Antonio Cabrini Juventus Italy 5
Willy van de Kerkhof PSV Eindhoven Netherlands 5
15 Johan Cruyff Barcelona Netherlands 4
Graeme Souness Liverpool Scotland 4
Zdeněk Nehoda Dukla Prague Czechoslovakia 4
18 Marián Masný Slovan Bratislava Czechoslovakia 3
19 Archie Gemmill Nottingham Forest Scotland 2
Marius Trésor Marseille France 2
21 João Alves Benfica Portugal 1
Rainer Bonhof Valencia West Germany 1
Zbigniew Boniek Widzew Łódź Poland 1
Franco Causio Juventus Italy 1
Hansi Müller VfB Stuttgart West Germany 1
Johan Neeskens Barcelona Netherlands 1
Michel Platini Nancy France 1
Karl-Heinz Rummenigge Bayern Munich West Germany 1
Didier Six Marseille France 1
François Van Der Elst Anderlecht Belgium 1


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