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Officially, the "Ballon d'Or," presented by France Football magazine.
Year Player Team National Team
1999 Rivaldo Barcelona Brazil
1998 Zinedine Zidane Juventus France
1997 Ronaldo Inter-Milan Brazil
1996 Matthias Sammer Borussia Dortmund Germany
1995 George Weah AC Milan Liberia
1994 Hristo Stoitchkov Barcelona Bulgaria
1993 Roberto Baggio Juventus Italy
1992 Marco Van Basten AC Milan Holland
1991 Jean-Pierre Papin Marseille France
1990 Lothar Matthaus Inter-Milan West Germany
1989 Marco Van Basten AC Milan Holland
1988 Marco Van Basten AC Milan Holland
1987 Ruud Gullit AC Milan Holland
1986 Igor Belanov Dinamo Kiev USSR
1985 Michael Platini Juventus France
1984 Michael Platini Juventus France
1983 Michael Platini Juventus France
1982 Paolo Rossi Juventus Italy
1981 K.H. Rummenigge Bayern Munich West Germany
1980 K.H. Rummenigge Bayern Munich West Germany
1979 Kevin Keegan SV Hamburg England
1978 Kevin Keegan SV Hamburg England
1977 Allan Simonsen B. Monchengladbach Denmark
1976 Franz Beckenbauer Bayern Munich West Germany
1975 Oleg Blokhin Dinamo Kiev USSR
1974 Johan Cruyff Barcelona Holland
1973 Johan Cruyff Barcelona Holland
1972 Franz Beckenbauer Bayern Munich West Germany
1971 Johan Cruyff Barcelona Holland
1970 Gerd Muller Bayern Munich West Germany
1969 Giani Rivera AC Milan Italy
1968 George Best Manchester United Northern Ireland
1967 Florian Albert Ferencvaros Hungary
1966 Bobby Charlton Manchester United England
1965 Eusebio Benfica Portugal
1964 Denis Law Manchester United Scotland
1963 Lev Yashin Dinamo Moscow USSR
1962 Josef Masopust Dukla Prague Czechoslavakia
1961 Enrique Sivori Juventus Argentina / Italy
1960 Luis Suarez Barcelona Spain
1959 Alfredo di Stefano Real Madrid Argentina / Spain
1958 Raymond Kopa Real Madrid France
1957 Alfredo di Stefano Real Madrid Argentina / Spain
1956 Stanley Matthews Blackpool England

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