Every Ballon d'Or winner: Messi, Ronaldo & best player awards from 1956 to 2018

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Following Luka Modric ending Messi and Ronaldo's duopoly on football's most prestigious individual award, we look back at every past winner

Luka Modric became the first man not named Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo to win the Ballon d'Or in over a decade this week. 

Despite Messi and Ronaldo's recent duopoly on the award there was a time where the winner was changing every year.

Goal takes a look at every winner of the prestigious France Football award, from Stanley Matthews winning the inaugural award in 1956 to Modric's triumph in 2018.

  1. 1956 - Stanley Matthews - Blackpool & England
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    1956 - Stanley Matthews - Blackpool & England

     
  2. 1957 - Alfredo Di Stefano - Real Madrid & Spain
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    1957 - Alfredo Di Stefano - Real Madrid & Spain

     
  3. 1958 - Raymond Kopa - Real Madrid & France
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    1958 - Raymond Kopa - Real Madrid & France

     
  4. 1959 - Alfredo Di Stefano - Real Madrid & Spain
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    1959 - Alfredo Di Stefano - Real Madrid & Spain

     
  5. 1960 - Luis Suarez - Barcelona & Spain
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    1960 - Luis Suarez - Barcelona & Spain

     
  6. 1961 - Omar Sivori - Juventus & Italy
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    1961 - Omar Sivori - Juventus & Italy

     
  7. 1962- Josef Masopust - Dukla Prague & Czechoslovakia
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    1962- Josef Masopust - Dukla Prague & Czechoslovakia

     
  8. 1963 - Lev Yashin - Dynamo Moscow & Soviet Union
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    1963 - Lev Yashin - Dynamo Moscow & Soviet Union

     
  9. 1964 - Denis Law - Man Utd & Scotland
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    1964 - Denis Law - Man Utd & Scotland

     
  10. 1965 - Eusebio - Benfica & Portugal
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    1965 - Eusebio - Benfica & Portugal

     
  11. 1966 - Bobby Charlton - Man Utd & England
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    1966 - Bobby Charlton - Man Utd & England

     
  12. 1967 - Florian Albert - Ferencvaros & Hungary
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    1967 - Florian Albert - Ferencvaros & Hungary

     
  13. 1968 - George Best - Man Utd & Northern Ireland
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    1968 - George Best - Man Utd & Northern Ireland

     
  14. 1969 - Gianni Rivera - AC Milan & Italy
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    1969 - Gianni Rivera - AC Milan & Italy

     
  15. 1970 - Gerd Muller - Bayern Munich & West Germany
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    1970 - Gerd Muller - Bayern Munich & West Germany

     
  16. 1971 - Johan Cruyff - Ajax & Netherlands
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    1971 - Johan Cruyff - Ajax & Netherlands

     
  17. 1972 - Franz Beckenbauer - Bayern Munich & West Germany
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    1972 - Franz Beckenbauer - Bayern Munich & West Germany

     
  18. 1973 - Johan Cruyff - Barcelona & Netherlands
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    1973 - Johan Cruyff - Barcelona & Netherlands

     
  19. 1974 - Johan Cruyff - Barcelona & Netherlands
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    1974 - Johan Cruyff - Barcelona & Netherlands

     
  20. 1975 - Oleg Blokhin - Dynamo Kyiv & Soviet Union
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    1975 - Oleg Blokhin - Dynamo Kyiv & Soviet Union

     
  21. 1976 - Franz Beckenbauer - Bayern Munich & West Germany
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    1976 - Franz Beckenbauer - Bayern Munich & West Germany

     
  22. 1977 - Allan Simonsen - Borussia Monchengladbach & Denmark

    1977 - Allan Simonsen - Borussia Monchengladbach & Denmark

     
  23. 1978 - Kevin Keegan - Hamburg & England
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    1978 - Kevin Keegan - Hamburg & England

     
  24. 1979 - Kevin Keegan - Hamburg & England
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    1979 - Kevin Keegan - Hamburg & England

     
  25. 1980 - Karl-Heinz Rummenigge - Bayern Munich & West Germany
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    1980 - Karl-Heinz Rummenigge - Bayern Munich & West Germany

     
  26. 1981 - Karl-Heinz Rummenigge - Bayern Munich & West Germany

    1981 - Karl-Heinz Rummenigge - Bayern Munich & West Germany

     
  27. 1982 - Paolo Rossi - Juventus & Italy
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    1982 - Paolo Rossi - Juventus & Italy

     
  28. 1983 - Michel Platini - Juventus & France
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    1983 - Michel Platini - Juventus & France

     
  29. 1984 - Michel Platini - Juventus & France
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    1984 - Michel Platini - Juventus & France

     
  30. 1985 - Michel Platini - Juventus & France

    1985 - Michel Platini - Juventus & France

     
  31. 1986 - Igor Belanov - Dynamo Kyiv & Soviet Union
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    1986 - Igor Belanov - Dynamo Kyiv & Soviet Union

     
  32. 1987 - Ruud Gullit - AC Milan & Netherlands

    1987 - Ruud Gullit - AC Milan & Netherlands

     
  33. 1988 - Marco van Basten - AC Milan & Netherlands
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    1988 - Marco van Basten - AC Milan & Netherlands

     
  34. 1989 - Marco van Basten - AC Milan & Netherlands
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    1989 - Marco van Basten - AC Milan & Netherlands

     
  35. 1990 - Lothar Matthaus - Inter & West Germany
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    1990 - Lothar Matthaus - Inter & West Germany

     
  36. 1991 Jean-Pierre Papin - Marseille & France
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    1991 Jean-Pierre Papin - Marseille & France

     
  37. 1992 - Marco van Basten - AC Milan & Netherlands
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    1992 - Marco van Basten - AC Milan & Netherlands

     
  38. 1993 - Roberto Baggio - Juventus & Italy
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    1993 - Roberto Baggio - Juventus & Italy

     
  39. 1994 - Hristo Stoichkov - Barcelona & Bulgaria
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    1994 - Hristo Stoichkov - Barcelona & Bulgaria

     
  40. 1995 - George Weah - AC Milan & Liberia
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    1995 - George Weah - AC Milan & Liberia

     
  41. 1996 - Matthias Sammer - Borussia Dortmund & Germany
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    1996 - Matthias Sammer - Borussia Dortmund & Germany

     
  42. 1997 - Ronaldo - Inter & Brazil
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    1997 - Ronaldo - Inter & Brazil

     
  43. 1998 - Zinedine Zidane - Juventus & France
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    1998 - Zinedine Zidane - Juventus & France

     
  44. 1999- Rivaldo - Barcelona & Brazil
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    1999- Rivaldo - Barcelona & Brazil

     
  45. 2000 - Luis Figo - Real Madrid & Portugal
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    2000 - Luis Figo - Real Madrid & Portugal

     
  46. 2001- Michael Owen - Liverpool & England
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    2001- Michael Owen - Liverpool & England

     
  47. 2002 - Ronaldo - Real Madrid & Brazil
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    2002 - Ronaldo - Real Madrid & Brazil

     
  48. 2003 - Pavel Nedved - Juventus & Czech Republic

    2003 - Pavel Nedved - Juventus & Czech Republic

     
  49. 2004 - Andriy Shevchenko - AC Milan & Ukraine
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    2004 - Andriy Shevchenko - AC Milan & Ukraine

     
  50. 2005 - Ronaldinho - Barcelona & Brazil
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    2005 - Ronaldinho - Barcelona & Brazil

     
  51. 2006 - Fabio Cannavaro - Real Madrid & Italy
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    2006 - Fabio Cannavaro - Real Madrid & Italy

     
  52. 2007 - Kaka - AC Milan & Brazil
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    2007 - Kaka - AC Milan & Brazil

     
  53. 2008 - Cristiano Ronaldo - Man Utd & Portugal
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    2008 - Cristiano Ronaldo - Man Utd & Portugal

     
  54. 2009 - Lionel Messi - Barcelona & Argentina
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    2009 - Lionel Messi - Barcelona & Argentina

     
  55. 2010 - Lionel Messi - Barcelona & Argentina
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    2010 - Lionel Messi - Barcelona & Argentina

     
  56. 2011 - Lionel Messi - Barcelona & Argentina
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    2011 - Lionel Messi - Barcelona & Argentina

     
  57. 2012 - Lionel Messi - Barcelona & Argentina
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    2012 - Lionel Messi - Barcelona & Argentina

     
  58. 2013 - Cristiano Ronaldo - Real Madrid & Portugal
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    2013 - Cristiano Ronaldo - Real Madrid & Portugal

     
  59. 2014 - Cristiano Ronaldo - Real Madrid & Portugal
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    2014 - Cristiano Ronaldo - Real Madrid & Portugal

     
  60. 2015 - Lionel Messi - Barcelona & Argentina
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    2015 - Lionel Messi - Barcelona & Argentina

     
  61. 2016 - Cristiano Ronaldo - Real Madrid & Portugal
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    2016 - Cristiano Ronaldo - Real Madrid & Portugal

     
  62. 2017 - Cristiano Ronaldo - Real Madrid & Portugal
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    2017 - Cristiano Ronaldo - Real Madrid & Portugal

     
  63. 2018 - Luka Modric - Real Madrid & Croatia
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    2018 - Luka Modric - Real Madrid & Croatia