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World Soccer Player of the Year

Since 1982, World Soccer, an English language football magazine, has voted on the "Player of the Year". The winners of this award are listed below.

See how this list compares to the FIFA player of the year award given for the same years - they do not always agree.

World Soccer also published in 1999 a list of the top 100 soccer players of the 20th century.

List of Winners

year player team votes
2023 Erling Haaland Manchester City  
2022 Lionel Messi Barcelona  
2021 Robert Lewandowski Bayern Munich  
2020 Robert Lewandowski Bayern Munich  
2019 Lionel Messi Barcelona  
2018 Luka Modrić Real Madrid  
2017 Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid  
2016 Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid  
2015 Lionel Messi Barcelona  
2014 Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid  
2013 Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid  
2012 Lionel Messi Barcelona 47.3%
2011 Lionel Messi Barcelona 60.2%
2010 Xavi Hernandez Barcelona 25.8%
2009 Lionel Messi Barcelona 43.2%
2008 Cristiano Ronaldo Manchester United 48%
2007 Kaká Milan 52%
2006 Fabio Cannavaro Real Madrid 40%
2005 Ronaldinho Barcelona 39%
2004 Ronaldinho Barcelona 29%
2003 Pavel Nedvěd Juventus 36%
2002 Ronaldo Real Madrid 26%
2001 Michael Owen Liverpool 31%
2000 Luís Figo Real Madrid 26%
1999 Rivaldo Barcelona 42%
1998 Zinedine Zidane Juventus 23%
1997 Ronaldo Internazionale 27%
1996 Ronaldo Barcelona 17%
1995 Gianluca Vialli Juventus 18%
1994 Paolo Maldini Milan 27%
1993 Roberto Baggio Juventus 14%
1992 Marco van Basten Milan 19%
1991 Jean-Pierre Papin Marseille 25%
1990 Lothar Matthäus Internazionale 22%
1989 Ruud Gullit Milan 24%
1988 Marco van Basten Milan 43%
1987 Ruud Gullit Milan 39%
1986 Diego Maradona Napoli 36%
1985 Michel Platini Juventus 21%
1984 Michel Platini Juventus 54%
1983 Zico Udinese 28%
1982 Paolo Rossi Juventus 23%

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