Definition of Ballon d'Or

What is the "Ballon d'Or"? What is the definition of the term "Ballon d'Or"?

The "Ballon d'Or", which translates into "Golden Ball", is an annual award that is presented by France Football Magazine to the male football player who is regarded to be the very best in the world.

The scope of the "Ballon d'Or" has expanded over the years - originally, it was awarded to European players only.

Ballon Dor in the hands of Messi, who is standing next to Xavi and Iniesta.  The good old Barcelona FC days.

In 1995, the award was expanded to include all European club players - in 2007, the award was finally expanded to include all players across the world.

The very first "Ballon d'Or" was awarded to Stanley Matthews of Blackpool in 1955.

Most recently (2016), the award was given to Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid, with Lionel Messi finishing in second place.

Lionel Messi has won the award five times, while Cristiano Ronaldo has won four of the "Ballon d'Or" awards.

The last time that somebody not named Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo won was in 2007, when Kaka of AC Milan took home the award. Cristiano Ronaldo, who played at Manchester United at the time, finished in second place.


The "Ballon d'Or" is the most prestigious individual award in all of football.