Balloon d'Or is an annual award presented by the french football to the best players.It is regarded as the most prestigious individual award awarded since 1956.
With many national powerhouses in football we look at countries which have produced most players to win the award.
1.1 balloon d'Ors
Croatia (Luka Modric)-2003
Czech Republic (Pavel Nedved)2003
Liberia (George weah) 1995
Ukraine (Andryil Shevchenko)2004
Hungary (Allan simosen)1977
2.3 balloon d'Ors (Russia and Spain)
Russia formerly known as the Soviet union was a force in football in the 20th century.
Spain won the award only three times despite dominating international football thanks to Alfredo di Stefano and Luis Alfredo won it twice in 1957 and 1959.Luis Suarez won it in 1960.
3.5 balloon d'Ors (Italy, Brazil, England)
Italy has won the award with 5 different footballers while Brazil and England have won it with 4 footballers.The Italians to win are,Oman Sivori,Gianni Rivera,Paolo Rosi,Roberto Baggio and Fabio cannavaro in 1961,1969,1982,1993 and 2006 respectively.
For Brazil,Pele would have been among them if the award was introduced Ronaldo Nozario won the award twice in 1997 and 2002.Rivado, Ronaldinho Gaucho and Kaka have won the award in 1999,2005 and 2007 respectively.
For England the first person to win it was Sir Stanley Mathews,Sir Bobby Charlton in 1966 and kelvin Keegan who won it twice in 1978 and 1979 becoming the first player to win it convectively.
4.6 balloon d'Ors (France, Argentina)
While 4 french football e have won the award,all the 6 balloon d'Ors have been awarded to one player for Argentina, Lionel Messi.
France’s awarded winners are Michael Platini, Jean Papin Zinedine Zidane and Raymond koppa.Platini won the award three times convectively from 1983 while the other footballers won it in 1991,1998 and 1958 respectively.
4.7 balloon d'Ors (Netherlands, Portugal, Germany)
For Portugal the most prominent footballer to win it is Cristiano Ronaldo who has won it 5 times in 2007,2009,20011,2012 and 2018.Eusebio in 1965 and Luis Figo in 2000are the other Portuguese players to win it.
In Netherlands,Johan Cruyff win it thrice in 1971,1973,1975.Ruud Gullit also won it in 1987 while Marco van basten won it thrice in 1988,1988 and 1992.
In Germany, five footballers have won seven balloon d'Ors.Franz Banckenbeur and karl rummenigge won it twice in 1972,1976 and 1980,1981 respectively.Gerd Muller,lothas Mathaus and Mathias sammer in 1970,1979 and 1990
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