The Ballon d'Or award is an annual football award for the best player over the previous year.
- The men's Ballon d'Or award was first awarded in 1956, won by English player Stanley Matthews.
- The inaugural winner Stanley Matthews was 41 years and 10 months old when he won the award, making him the oldest winner ever. The second oldest winner is Lionel Messi, who was 34 years and 5 months when he won his record 7th Ballon d'Or in 2021.
- "Ballon d'Or" is French for "Golden Ball".
- George Weah from Liberia was the first non-European and first African national team player to win the award in 1995.
- Brazilian Ronaldo is the youngest ever player to win the Ballon d'Or, he was only 21 years and 96 days when he won in 1997. He also became the first South American winner in 1997.
- Due to the disruption to world sport in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, there was no award given in 2020.
- Lionel Messi has won the men's Ballon d'Or award a record seven times, his last in 2021 (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2019, 2021). The next best is Cristiano Ronaldo who has won the award five times. Beween them, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo won 12 of the 13 Ballon d’Ors between 2008 and 2021.
- In 2018, the first women's Ballon d'Or award was presented (called the Ballon d'Or Féminin), won by Ada Hegerberg of Norway.
- Four players have been nominated for the Ballon d'Or in every edition since its inception in 2018 (including 2022), a list which includes Australian Sam Kerr.
- Ballon d'Or Firsts
- Ballon d'Or Home
- Men's Ballon d'Or Winner's List
- Football Awards Lists
- Ballon d'Or Quiz
- See also the list of the FIFA male player of the year and FIFA female player of the year.
- History of the Ballon d'Or
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