Ballon d'Or Trivia
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.
- "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 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.
- 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 Home
- Men's Ballon d'Or Winner's List
- 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
- More sporting trivia