List of all World Cup Golden Ball Winners: Playing Position Wise
After doing similar Articles on Ballon D’Or Winners, it is time to look at the players who have been best performers in the World Cup throughout the years. Of course, we will view them position wise to add some authenticity and will involve the clubs they have played for as well. Here is our list of world cup golden ball winners.
We are starting it with Forwards because they are most likely to win it. In the end, Goals matter the most.
.Giuseppe Meazza – (Striker )(Inter Milan) (AC Milan) (Juventus) (World Cup -Won). Italy has won the second-ever world cup. He wasn’t the top scorer. He has played for every big Italian club.
.Leonidas – (Brazil) (7 Goals) (Striker). (World Cup Won – No). He has scored 7 Goals, was the top scorer. Unfortunately, they did not win the world cup.
.Ferenc Puskas – (Hungary) (Real Madrid) (Striker).(World Cup Won – No) The Legendary Man after which the Puskas Awards are held every year has played for Real Madrid. He wasn’t the top scorer. They lost in the Finals. He has scored in the finals.
.Garrincha – (Brazil) (Winger) (World Cup Won) He was the top scorer of the tournament.
.Pele – (Brazil) (Striker) (World cup won) The Man, The Myth, The Legend. The Best Player of all time. He was not the top scorer. Brazil won the world cup. a formidable world cup golden ball winner.
.Mario Kempes – (Argentina) (Striker) (World cup won). He was the top scorer of the tournament with 6 goals and helped Argentina to win the World cup.
.Paolo Rossi – (Striker) (Italy) (World cup won) (AC Milan) (Juventus). He was Top scorer of the tournament with 6 goals. He has played for both AC Milan and Juventus. Italy won this edition of the world cup.
.Salvatore Schillaci – (Italy) (Juventus) (Inter Milan) (Striker) (World cup won -No). He was the top scorer but, has failed to win the cup.
.Romario– (Brazil) (Striker) (Barcelona) .(Won world cup). Was just one goal behind the top scorer. Brazil went on to win the world cup. Has played for FC Barcelona.
.Ronaldo – (Brazil) (Striker) (AC Milan, Juventus, Barcelona, Real Madrid)(World cup won -No) Was 2 goals behind the top scorer. Lost this one, but went on to win the next one. He is said to be one of the best strikers to have played the game. el phenomeno has been a world cup golden ball winner.
.Diego Forlan – (Uruguay) (Atletico Madrid, Manchester United, Inter Milan) (Striker)(world cup won – no) He is considered to be one of the best strikers of his generation. Has scored 5 goals and was the top scorer of the competition. Lost to Spain in semifinals.
.Lionel Messi – (Forward) (Argentina) (Barcelona)(world cup won -no) Arguably, the greatest one to play this sport, is best along with Cristiano currently. He wasn’t the top scorer. Argentina lost in finals.
Though the forwards are most likely to win this award, there have been few exceptions, as quite a few midfielders have won this award as well, latest being Luka Modric.
.Zizinho -(Brazil) (Midfielder)(world cup won -no) .Brazil lost in the finals.
.Didi – (Brazil) (Real Madrid) (Central Midfielder) (won world cup). Brazil won its first-ever world cup with this man in midfield.
.Bobby Charlton – (England) (Manchester United) (Attacking Midfielder). He went on to win the Ballon d’Or and that is the only world cup England has ever won. He is considered to be one of the best players in the history of English football. He is also a Manchester United legend. The holy trinity statue just outside Old Trafford features him.
.Johan Cruyff – (Netherlands) (Barcelona) (Attacking Midfielder) (Won world cup -no). One of the footballing greats has failed to win it in the finals.
.Maradona – (Argentina) (Barcelona) (Attacking Midfielder) (won world cup) One of the best players of all time, has single-handedly won Argentina the world cup.
.Zinedine Zidane – (France) (Real Madrid) (Juventus)(attacking midfielder). (world cup won – no) One of the best footballers ever was the inspiration for many players of our era, has come out of retirement. But, failed to win after his sending off following that headbutt.
.Luka Modric – (Croatia) (Real Madrid) (Central midfielder) (world cup won -no). One of the best midfielders of his generation, has amazing ball control, vision, and passing ability. Has won champions league 4 times.
There is only a single defensive player who had the honor to win this prestigious award. He won it during the very first edition of the world cup.
Jose Nasazzi – (Uruguay) (Right Back)(won world cup) He helped Uruguay to win the very first football world cup. He was a full back.
There is also a goalkeeper who has won this award. He was the exceptional one, though.
Oliver Kahn – (Germany) (Bayern Munich) He has played only for Bayern. But, even likes of Sir Alex Ferguson were crazy to sign him. But, he always denied him. He is considered to be one of the best goalkeepers of all time. He was known as ‘the titan’. No wonder Germany has had exceptional goalkeepers over the years.
Next time, we will see you with another interesting list!