List of Ballon d’Or Winners (Forwards):
Though there are many awards given to footballers who have performed wonderfully throughout the year, nothing matches the level of prestige which the Ballon d’Or has had over the years, since the time it was inaugurated back in 1956. Strikers of, course have been favorites to win this trophy every year. But, there have been times when a midfielder, defender, or even a goalkeeper has won it. Here is our list for the ballon dor winners.
We will start our list with Attackers having won the Ballon d’Or :
.Stanley Matthews – (England-very first winner) (Winger)(Blackpool)
.Alfredo di stefano (Spain)(Striker) (Real Madrid)
Before the likes of Messi and Ronaldo, there was this guy tearing defenders apart, considered to be one of the best players of all time, have won this award twice, and is the first player to do so. some more ballon dor winners.
.Raymond Kopa – (France) (Real Madrid) (winger)
.Omar Sivori – (Italy) (Juventus) (Striker)
.Denis Law- (Scotland) (Manchester United) (Striker)
.Eusebio- Before Cristiano Ronaldo, there was Eusebio, the guy who won it. (Portugal) (Benfica) (Striker)
.Florian Albert – (Hungary) (Celtic) (Striker)
.George Best- (Northern Ireland) (Manchester United) (Winger)
As per his name, one of the best players to ever play this game, a Manchester United legend, the guy to whom Cristiano Ronaldo was compared when he moved to United.
.Gerd Muller – (Germany) (Bayern Munich) (Striker)
as per his last name, the other muller whose most goals in a year (85 Goals) stood for decades before Leo Messi broke it, has been regarded as one of the best forwards of all time.
.Oleg Blokhin- (Winger) (Ukraine) (Fc Dynamo)
.Allan Simonsen – (Denmark) (Winger) (Borussia M’Gladbach)
.Kevin Keegan – (England) (Hamburger Sv) (Striker)
.Karl Heinz Rummenigge – (Germany) (Fc Bayern) (Striker)
.Paolo Rossi – (Italy) (Juventus) (Striker)
.Igor Belanov – (Ukraine) (Fc Dynamo) (Striker)
.Ruud Gullit – (Netherlands) (Ac Milan) (Striker)
he hasn’t stopped yet, is killing players in fifa.
.Marco Van Basten – (Netherlands) (Ac Milan) (Striker)
Has won it three times.
.Jean Pierre Papin – (France) (Marseille)(Striker)
.Roberto Baggio – (Italy) (Juventus) (Striker)
.Hristo Stoichkov – (Winger) (Bulgaria) (Barcelona)
.George Weah – (Liberia) (Ac Milan) (Striker)
.Ronaldo – (Brazil) (Inter Milan)(Real Madrid) (Striker)
The other Ronaldo, considered to be one of the best strikers of all time, played with both Spanish giants Barcelona and Real Madrid, also has a world cup final brace to his name, the ‘el phenomenal ‘R9, has won it with two clubs.
.Luis Figo – (Real Madrid) (Portugal) (Winger)
the Portuguese who win it after Eusebio, considered to be one of the best players of all time, another one who has played for both Barcelona and Madrid and has won the award while playing for Madrid.
.Michael Owen – (England) (Liverpool) (Striker)
known as one of the best finishers of his time, has played for Madrid, Man United and Liverpool.
.Andriy Shevchenko-(Ukraine) (Ac Milan) (Striker)
the era dominated by Milan, he was their hero.
.Cristiano Ronaldo – (Manchester United) (Real Madrid) (Portugal) (Winger, Striker)
‘The Man The Myth The Legend’the best Winger cum Striker to ever play this beautiful game has dominated World Football for years.
.Lionel Messi – (Barcelona) (Argentina) (Striker)
the guy who could be called as one of the best centers forwards of all time, arguably the best player in the world along with Ronaldo.
Since, it is not possible to add midfielders, defenders, and goalkeeper in this list, we might do it in future articles. With 27 Strikers winning it over the years and forwards like Neymar and Mbappe who looks all pumped up to join this list anytime soon!