The Ballon d'Or award is an annual football award for the best player over the previous year. Here are some firsts ...
- The FIRST time a men's Ballon d'Or award was handed out was in 1956.
- The FIRST player from Eastern Europe to win the Ballon d'Or was Dukla Prague's Josef Masopust in 1962.
- The FIRST goalkeeper (and so far only one) to win the award was Russian Lev Yashin in 1963.
- The FIRST African national team player to win the award was George Weah from Liberia in 1995.
- The FIRST South American winner was Brazilian Ronaldo in 1997.
- The FIRST women's Ballon d'Or award was presented (called the Ballon d'Or Féminin) in 2018.
- The FIRST player to win the award while playing for a team in MLS was Lionel Messi in 2023.
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