There are three awards given annually for the best male football player of the year, as voted by different bodies, FIFA, France Football and World Soccer. Here is a comparison of three awards for it.
Only the winners of the awards since 1991 are shown, as this is when the FIFA award was first given. Since all these awards have been given, 17 times (out of 26) the same player has won all three awards.
From 2007 to 2009, the Ballon d'Or award was open to all world players, and the winners were the same as both of these awards. From 1995 until 2006, non-European players were eligible for the award if they played for a European club, and prior to 1995 only European players were eligible.
From 2005 until 2008, FIFPro also awarded the World Player of the Year before merging with the FIFA Ballon d'Or. Over this time period, the winners were the same as both of the FIFA and World Soccer awards.
|year||Ballon d'Or||FIFA Award||World Soccer Award||same?|
|2021||Lionel Messi||Robert Lewandowski||Robert Lewandowski|
|2020||not awarded||Robert Lewandowski||Robert Lewandowski||Y|
|2019||Lionel Messi||Lionel Messi||Lionel Messi||Y|
|2018||Luka Modric||Luka Modrić||Luka Modrić||Y|
|2017||Cristiano Ronaldo||Cristiano Ronaldo||Cristiano Ronaldo||Y|
|2016||Cristiano Ronaldo||Cristiano Ronaldo||Cristiano Ronaldo||Y|
|2015||Lionel Messi||Lionel Messi||Y|
|2014||Cristiano Ronaldo||Cristiano Ronaldo||Y|
|2013||Cristiano Ronaldo||Cristiano Ronaldo||Y|
|2012||Lionel Messi||Lionel Messi||Y|
|2011||Lionel Messi||Lionel Messi||Y|
|2010||Lionel Messi||Xavi Hernandez|
|2009||Lionel Messi||Lionel Messi||Lionel Messi||Y|
|2008||Cristiano Ronaldo||Cristiano Ronaldo||Cristiano Ronaldo||Y|
|2006||Fabio Cannavaro||Fabio Cannavaro||Fabio Cannavaro||Y|
|2003||Pavel Nedvěd||Zinedine Zidane||Pavel Nedvěd|
|2001||Michael Owen||Luís Figo||Michael Owen|
|2000||Luís Figo||Zinedine Zidane||Luís Figo|
|1998||Zinedine Zidane||Zinedine Zidane||Zinedine Zidane||Y|
|1995||George Weah||George Weah||Gianluca Vialli|
|1994||Hristo Stoichkov||Romário||Paolo Maldini|
|1993||Roberto Baggio||Roberto Baggio||Roberto Baggio||Y|
|1992||Marco van Basten||Marco van Basten||Marco van Basten||Y|
|1991||Jean-Pierre Papin||Lothar Matthäus||Jean-Pierre Papin|
- See each of these lists in full: FIFA Player of the year, World Soccer player of the year and the Ballon d'Or award
- See also the list of the female FIFA player of the year.
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