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

16:00 GMT 05/12/2018
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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.

  • Stanley Matthews Blackpool Bolton Wanderers 1953 T10

    1956 - Stanley Matthews - Blackpool & England

     
  • Alfredo Di Stefano Real Madrid

    1957 - Alfredo Di Stefano - Real Madrid & Spain

     
  • Raymond Kopa

    1958 - Raymond Kopa - Real Madrid & France

     
  • Alfredo di Stefano v Ballond'or

    1959 - Alfredo Di Stefano - Real Madrid & Spain

     
  • Luis Suarez Spain

    1960 - Luis Suarez - Barcelona & Spain

     
  • Omar Sivori

    1961 - Omar Sivori - Juventus & Italy

     
  • Josef Masopust

    1962- Josef Masopust - Dukla Prague & Czechoslovakia

     
  • Lev Yashin

    1963 - Lev Yashin - Dynamo Moscow & Soviet Union

     
  • Denis Law

    1964 - Denis Law - Man Utd & Scotland

     
  • Eusebio

    1965 - Eusebio - Benfica & Portugal

     
  • Bobby Charlton England

    1966 - Bobby Charlton - Man Utd & England

     
  • Florian Albert

    1967 - Florian Albert - Ferencvaros & Hungary

     
  • George Best

    1968 - George Best - Man Utd & Northern Ireland

     
  • Gianni Rivera

    1969 - Gianni Rivera - AC Milan & Italy

     
  • Gerd Muller scores last goal in 1974

    1970 - Gerd Muller - Bayern Munich & West Germany

     
  • Johann Cruyff

    1971 - Johan Cruyff - Ajax & Netherlands

     
  • Franz Beckenbauer

    1972 - Franz Beckenbauer - Bayern Munich & West Germany

     
  • Johan Cruyff

    1973 - Johan Cruyff - Barcelona & Netherlands

     
  • Johan Cruyff

    1974 - Johan Cruyff - Barcelona & Netherlands

     
  • Oleg Blokhin

    1975 - Oleg Blokhin - Dynamo Kyiv & Soviet Union

     
  • Franz Beckenbauer

    1976 - Franz Beckenbauer - Bayern Munich & West Germany

     
  • Allan Simonsen Denmark

    1977 - Allan Simonsen - Borussia Monchengladbach & Denmark

     
  • Kevin Keegan England

    1978 - Kevin Keegan - Hamburg & England

     
  • Kevin Keegan England

    1979 - Kevin Keegan - Hamburg & England

     
  • Karl-Heinz Rummenigge Germany

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

     
  • Karl-Heinz Rummenigge West Germany

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

     
  • Paolo Rossi - Italy-Brazil

    1982 - Paolo Rossi - Juventus & Italy

     
  • Michel Platini France

    1983 - Michel Platini - Juventus & France

     
  • Ultimate European Championship XI | Michel Platini

    1984 - Michel Platini - Juventus & France

     
  • Michel Platini Juventus

    1985 - Michel Platini - Juventus & France

     
  • Igor Belanov

    1986 - Igor Belanov - Dynamo Kyiv & Soviet Union

     
  • Ruud Gullit, Netherlands

    1987 - Ruud Gullit - AC Milan & Netherlands

     
  • Marco van Basten Netherlands England Euro 88

    1988 - Marco van Basten - AC Milan & Netherlands

     
  • Marco Van Basten

    1989 - Marco van Basten - AC Milan & Netherlands

     
  • Lothar Matthaus

    1990 - Lothar Matthaus - Inter & West Germany

     
  • Jean-Pierre Papin Champions League

    1991 Jean-Pierre Papin - Marseille & France

     
  • Marco van Basten

    1992 - Marco van Basten - AC Milan & Netherlands

     
  • Roberto Baggio Juventus

    1993 - Roberto Baggio - Juventus & Italy

     
  • Hristo Stoichkov | Barcelona

    1994 - Hristo Stoichkov - Barcelona & Bulgaria

     
  • George Weah Liberia election

    1995 - George Weah - AC Milan & Liberia

     
  • Matthias Sammer Germany Euro 1996

    1996 - Matthias Sammer - Borussia Dortmund & Germany

     
  • Ronaldo Brazil 1998 World Cup

    1997 - Ronaldo - Inter & Brazil

     
  • Zinedine Zidane Juventus Ballon D'or 1998

    1998 - Zinedine Zidane - Juventus & France

     
  • Brazil's Rivaldo celebrates

    1999- Rivaldo - Barcelona & Brazil

     
  • Luis Figo Real Madrid

    2000 - Luis Figo - Real Madrid & Portugal

     
  • Michael Owen Liverpool

    2001- Michael Owen - Liverpool & England

     
  • Ronaldo 2002 World Cup final

    2002 - Ronaldo - Real Madrid & Brazil

     
  • Pavel Nedved Juventus

    2003 - Pavel Nedved - Juventus & Czech Republic

     
  • 7 - Andriy Shevchenko

    2004 - Andriy Shevchenko - AC Milan & Ukraine

     
  • Ronaldinho Barcelona

    2005 - Ronaldinho - Barcelona & Brazil

     
  • Fabio Cannavaro - 2006 World Cup

    2006 - Fabio Cannavaro - Real Madrid & Italy

     
  • Kaka AC Milan Inter

    2007 - Kaka - AC Milan & Brazil

     
  • Cristiano Ronaldo Manchester United

    2008 - Cristiano Ronaldo - Man Utd & Portugal

     
  • HD Lionel Messi Barcelona Champions League final 2009

    2009 - Lionel Messi - Barcelona & Argentina

     
  • Looks Messi Ballon 2010 D'or Dolce & Gabbana

    2010 - Lionel Messi - Barcelona & Argentina

     
  • HD Lionel Messi Barcelona Champions League final 2011

    2011 - Lionel Messi - Barcelona & Argentina

     
  • Lionel Messi Barcelona 2012

    2012 - Lionel Messi - Barcelona & Argentina

     
  • Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid Real Sociedad La Liga 11092013

    2013 - Cristiano Ronaldo - Real Madrid & Portugal

     
  • Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid 2014

    2014 - Cristiano Ronaldo - Real Madrid & Portugal

     
  • Lionel Messi Barcelona Champions League 06062015

    2015 - Lionel Messi - Barcelona & Argentina

     
  • Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal v Andorra World Cup qualifying 07102016

    2016 - Cristiano Ronaldo - Real Madrid & Portugal

     
  • Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid 2017-18

    2017 - Cristiano Ronaldo - Real Madrid & Portugal

     
  • Modric Ballon d'Or

    2018 - Luka Modric - Real Madrid & Croatia