The Ballon d’Or award winner since 1990 consists of and features twenty different players from eleven countries across the globe. In addition, Ballon d’Or is an annual award presented to the best footballer of the year by France football. Furthermore, it is among the oldest and most prestigious individual awards for football players.
According to Ballon d’Or (@francefootball), the below-listed players are the winners of the prestigious award from 1990 to date. The Ballon d’Or award winner from 1990 till date are listed below according to the years they won it.
1990: Lothar Matthaus (Inter Milan, Germany) –
Lothar Matthaus is a retired midfielder. He is among the greatest midfielders of all time; the German star was a sensitive passer and has one of the most powerful shots in the world. However, Matthaus is the 1990 Ballon d’Or award winner, he won the award two years after joining Inter Milan.
1991: Jean-Pierre Papin (Olympique Marseille, France) –
Jean-Pierre Papin achieved the greatest success of his career at Olympique Marseille. In addition, part of his achievement was the 1991 Ballon d’Or award. Furthermore, the former French forward was known for his goal-scoring ability and his superb volleys. He is currently a football manager and he coach C’Chartres Football in France.
1992: Marco Van Basten (AC Milan, Netherlands) –
Marco Van Basten previously won the Ballon d’Or award in 1988 and 1989. In addition, the Former Dutch forward is always remembered for his impeccable headers, spectacular strikes, and his attacking intelligence. Furthermore, he is a football manager but currently has no job at his disposal. Van Basten is the 1992 Ballon d’Or award winner.
1993: Roberto Baggio (Juventus, Italy) –
Roberto Baggio was a creative and technically gifted attacking midfielder. He is among the greatest players of all time. The former Italian football star is the 1993 Ballon d’Or award winner.
1994: Hristo Stoichkov (Barcelona, Bulgaria) –
Hristo Stoichkov was among the best players of his generation. In addition, the prolific forward had the most successful spell of his career with Barcelona. He is the 1994 Ballon d’Or award winner. He earned the award after leading his country to the semi-finals of the 1994 FIFA World Cup.
1995: George Wesh (PSG/AC Milan, Liberia) –
George Wesh is the first and only African to have won the Ballon d’Or award. He is one of the greatest African players of all time. George Wesh is the 1995 Ballon d’Or award winner. Furthermore, he is the first football player to become a head of state; he is the former President of his country Liberia.
1996: Matthias Sammer (Borussia Dortmund, Germany) –
Matthias Sammer’s most successful spell was with Borussia Dortmund where he won five titles. He, later on, came back after retiring as a player to coach Borussia Dortmund and he won the league title in 2002. He is the 1996 Ballon d’Or winner.
1997 & 2002: Ronaldo De Lima (Inter Milan/Barcelona, Brazil) –
Ronaldo De Lima won his first Ballon d’Or award at Inter Milan where he was the youngest player to win the award. In addition, the former Brazilian forward won his second Ballon d’Or award with Real Madrid in 2002. Furthermore, the two-time Ballon d’Or award winner is among the greatest players of all time. He has been an influence on some generation of strikers that have followed him. Ronaldo is the owner and president of La Liga club Real Valladolid.
1998: Zinedine Zidane (Juventus, France) –
Zinedine Zidane is among the most successful footballers and managers of all time. In addition, the former French midfielder will constantly be recalled for his passing, ball control, vision, and technique. Zidane is the 1998 Ballon d’Or winner. The one time Ballon d’Or winner currently manages Real Madrid.
1999: Rivaldo (Barcelona, Brazil) –
Rivaldo’s most successful spell was at Barcelona. He is the Spanish club’s ninth-highest goal scorer. Furthermore, the former Brazilian star is among the greatest players of all time. Rivaldo is the 1999 Ballon d’Or award winner.
2000: Luis Figo (Real Madrid/Barcelona, Portugal) –
Luis Figo is a retired Portuguese exceptional midfielder. The former Portuguese star will continually be recalled for his creativity and ability to drift past defenders. He is the 2000 Ballon d’Or award winner. Luis Figo is among the most successful footballers of all time.
2001: Michael Owen (Liverpool, England) –
Michael Owen is a retired English striker. The former English forward is among the greatest living players and also one of the greatest Liverpool players. He is the 2001 Ballon d’Or award winner.
2003: Pavel Nedved (Juventus, Czech Republic) –
Pavel Nedved is among the best players of his generation and also one of the most successful players to arise from the Czech Republic. After leading Juventus to the 2003 UEFA Champions League Final, he emerged as the winner of the Ballon d’Or award.
2004: Andriy Shevchenko (AC Milan, Ukraine) –
Andriy Shevchenko is a former Ukraine prolific striker. In addition, he is the sixth-highest goalscorer in all European competitions and also the all-time highest goal scorer of his country. The former Ukraine forward is the 2004 Ballon d’Or award winner.
2005: Ronaldinho (Barcelona, Brazil) –
Ronaldinho is constantly remembered for his technical skills, overhead kicks, pace, creativity, tricks, and free kicks accuracy. The former Brazilian attacking midfielder is the 2005 Ballon d’Or award winner. Furthermore, he is among the greatest players of all time and one of the best players of his generation.
2006: Fabio Cannavaro (Juventus, Real Madrid) –
Fabio Cannavaro spent the majority of his active career in Italy. The former Italian centre-back was among the best players of his generation. He is the 2006 Ballon d’Or award winner. Cannavaro is the current head coach of the Chinese club Guangzhou Evergrande.
2007: Kaka (AC Milan, Brazil) –
Kaka is one of the eight players to have won the Ballon d’Or award, FIFA World Cup, and the UEFA Champions League. The retired attacking midfielder will constantly be recalled for his creative passing, goal scoring, and dribbles from the midfield. Furthermore, he is among the best players of his generation.
2008, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017: Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United/Real Madrid) –
Cristiano Ronaldo is among the greatest active footballers in the world. He won his first Ballon d’Or award at Manchester United before joining Real Madrid in 2009 and winning the remaining four. In addition, the Portuguese forward holds the record for the most goals and assists in the UEFA Champions League. He is a five-time Ballon d’Or award winner.
2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2019: Lionel Messi (Barcelona) –
Lionel Messi is usually called the greatest of all time (G.O.A.T) by his fans. He is the first and only player to have won the Ballon d’Or award for a record six times. Furthermore, the Argentine forward has spent his entire professional career at Barcelona. The prolific striker holds the record for most hat tricks in the UEFA Champions League and goals in the La Liga.
2018: Luka Modric (Real Madrid) –
Luka Modric is one of the best midfielders of his generation and the greatest Croatian footballer of all time. He is a six-time Croatian Footballer of the Year from 2007 – 2019. After leading his country to the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals, he emerged the winner of the Ballon d’Or award. In addition, he is the first player to win the award other than Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi in more than a decade. Modric is the 2018 Ballon d’Or award winner.