FIFA World Player of the Year

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FIFA World Player of the Year
Ronaldo Cannes.jpg
Ronaldo, the youngest recipient of the award aged 20, won it three times.
Presented by FIFA
First awarded1991
Last awarded2009
Most awards Flag of France.svg Zinedine Zidane
Flag of Brazil.svg Ronaldo
(3 awards each)
Website fifa.com
Related FIFA Ballon d'Or
The Best FIFA Men's Player
FIFA Women's World Player of the Year
Marta Vieira da Silva 2013.jpg
Marta, the youngest recipient of the award aged 20, won it five times.
Presented by FIFA
First awarded2001
Last awarded2015
Most awards Flag of Brazil.svg Marta (5 awards)
Website fifa.com
Related The Best FIFA Women's Player

The FIFA World Player of the Year was an association football award presented annually by the sport's governing body, FIFA, between 1991 and 2015. Coaches and captains of international teams and media representatives selected the player they deem to have performed the best in the previous calendar year.

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Originally a single award for the world's best men's player, parallels awards for men and women were awarded from 2001–2009. The men's award was subsumed into the FIFA Ballon d'Or in 2010 while the women's award remained until 2015. After 2015 both men's and women's awards became part of The Best FIFA Football Awards.

FIFA Ballon dOr award for association football players

The FIFA Ballon d'Or was an annual association football award presented to the world's best men's player from 2010 to 2015. Awarded jointly by FIFA and France Football, the prize was a merger of the FIFA World Player of the Year award and the Ballon d'Or, the two most prestigious individual honours in world football. The FIFA Ballon d'Or was awarded based on votes from international journalists and national team coaches and captains, who selected the players they deemed to have performed the best in the previous calendar year.

The Best FIFA Football Awards

The Best FIFA Football Awards is an association football award presented annually by the sport's governing body, FIFA, since 2016.

During the men's era, Brazilian players won 8 out of 19 years, compared to three wins – the second most – for French players. In terms of individual players, Brazil again led with five, followed by Italy and Portugal with two each. [1] [2] The youngest winner was Ronaldo, who won at 20 years old in 1996, and the oldest winner was Fabio Cannavaro, who won aged 33 in 2006. [3] [4] Ronaldo and Zinedine Zidane each won the award three times, while Ronaldo and Ronaldinho were the only players to win in successive years. From 2010 to 2015, the equivalent men's award was the FIFA Ballon d'Or, following a merging of the FIFA World Player of the Year and the France Football Ballon d'Or awards. [5] [6] Since 2016, the awards have been replaced by the Best FIFA Men's Player and the Best FIFA Women's Player awards. [7]

Ronaldo (Brazilian footballer) Brazilian footballer

Ronaldo Luís Nazário de Lima, commonly known as Ronaldo, is a Brazilian retired professional footballer who played as a striker. Popularly dubbed El Fenomeno, he is widely considered one of the greatest football players of all time. In his prime, he was known for his dribbling at speed, feints, and clinical finishing. At his best in the 1990s, Ronaldo starred at club level for Cruzeiro, PSV, Barcelona, and Inter Milan. His moves to Spain and Italy made him only the second player, after Diego Maradona, to break the world transfer record twice, all before his 21st birthday. By 23, he had scored over 200 goals for club and country. After almost three years of inactivity due to serious knee injuries and recuperation, Ronaldo joined Real Madrid in 2002, which was followed by spells at A.C. Milan and Corinthians.

Fabio Cannavaro Italian footballer

Fabio Cannavaro is an Italian former professional footballer and current manager of Chinese club Guangzhou Evergrande. Cannavaro is considered to be one of the greatest defenders of all time. He spent the majority of his career in Italy. He started his career at Napoli before spending seven years at Parma, with whom he won two Coppa Italia titles, the 1999 Supercoppa Italiana, and the 1999 UEFA Cup. After spells at Internazionale and Juventus, he transferred from Juventus to Real Madrid in 2006, with whom he won consecutive La Liga titles in 2007 and 2008. After returning to Juventus for one season in 2009–10, he joined Al-Ahli in Dubai, where he retired from football in 2011 after an injury-troubled season.

Zinedine Zidane French footballer

Zinedine Yazid Zidane, popularly known in French as Zizou, is a French former professional football player who played as an attacking midfielder and is the current manager of La Liga club Real Madrid. Widely regarded as one of the greatest players of all time, Zidane was an elite playmaker renowned for his elegance, vision, ball control and technique. Zidane received many individual accolades as a player, including being named the FIFA World Player of the Year in 1998, 2000 and 2003, and winning the 1998 Ballon d'Or. He was Ligue 1 Player of the Year in 1996, Serie A Footballer of the Year in 2001, and La Liga Best Foreign Player in 2002.

Eight women's footballers – three Germans, three Americans, one Brazilian, and one Japanese – have won the award. Marta, the youngest recipient at age 20 in 2006, has won five successive awards, the most of any player. Birgit Prinz won three times in a row and Mia Hamm won twice in a row. The oldest winner is Nadine Angerer, who was 35 when she won in 2013; she is also the only goalkeeper of either sex to win.

Marta (footballer) Brazilian association football player

Marta Vieira da Silva, commonly known as Marta, is a Swedish-Brazilian footballer who plays for the Orlando Pride in the National Women's Soccer League and the Brazil national team as a forward. With 17 goals, she holds the record for most goals scored at FIFA World Cup tournaments. Moreover, she is the first footballer of either gender to score at five World Cup editions, followed by Christine Sinclair.

Birgit Prinz German association football player

Birgit Prinz is a German retired footballer, two-time FIFA Women's World Cup champion and three-time FIFA World Player of the Year. In addition to the German national team, Prinz played for 1. FFC Frankfurt in the Frauen-Bundesliga as well as the Carolina Courage in the Women's United Soccer Association (WUSA), the first professional women's league in the United States. Prinz remains one of the game's most prolific strikers and is the second FIFA Women's World Cup all-time leading scorer with 14 goals. On 12 August 2011, she announced the end of her active career. She currently works as a sport psychologist for the men's and women's teams of 1. Bundesliga club TSG 1899 Hoffenheim.

Mia Hamm American association football player

Mariel Margaret Hamm-Garciaparra is an American retired professional soccer player, two-time Olympic gold medalist, and two-time FIFA Women's World Cup champion. Hailed as a soccer icon, she played as a forward for the United States women's national soccer team from 1987–2004. Hamm was the face of the Women's United Soccer Association (WUSA), the first professional women's soccer league in the United States, where she played for the Washington Freedom from 2001–2003. She played college soccer for the North Carolina Tar Heels women's soccer team and helped the team win four consecutive NCAA Division I Women's Soccer Championship titles.

Voting and selection process

The winners are chosen by the coaches and captains of national teams as well as by international media representatives invited by FIFA. [8] In a voting system based on positional voting, each voter is allotted three votes, worth five points, three points and one point, and the three finalists are ordered based on total number of points. Following criticism from some sections of the media over nominations in previous years, FIFA has since 2004 provided shortlists from which its voters can select their choices. [9]

FIFA World Player of the Year

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Ronaldo (left) and Zinedine Zidane (right) each won the award three times.
YearRankPlayerTeam
1991 1st Flag of Germany.svg Lothar Matthäus Flag of Italy.svg Inter Milan
2nd Flag of France.svg Jean-Pierre Papin Flag of France.svg Marseille
3rd Flag of England.svg Gary Lineker Flag of England.svg Tottenham Hotspur
1992 1st Flag of the Netherlands.svg Marco van Basten Flag of Italy.svg Milan
2nd Flag of Bulgaria.svg Hristo Stoichkov Flag of Spain.svg Barcelona
3rd Flag of Germany.svg Thomas Häßler Flag of Italy.svg Roma
1993 1st Flag of Italy.svg Roberto Baggio Flag of Italy.svg Juventus
2nd Flag of Brazil.svg Romário Flag of Spain.svg Barcelona
3rd Flag of the Netherlands.svg Dennis Bergkamp Flag of Italy.svg Internazionale
1994 1st Flag of Brazil.svg Romário Flag of Spain.svg Barcelona
2nd Flag of Bulgaria.svg Hristo Stoichkov Flag of Spain.svg Barcelona
3rd Flag of Italy.svg Roberto Baggio Flag of Italy.svg Juventus
1995 1st Flag of Liberia.svg George Weah [note 1] Flag of Italy.svg Milan
2nd Flag of Italy.svg Paolo Maldini Flag of Italy.svg Milan
3rd Flag of Germany.svg Jürgen Klinsmann [note 2] Flag of Germany.svg Bayern Munich
1996 1st Flag of Brazil.svg Ronaldo [note 3] Flag of Spain.svg Barcelona
2nd Flag of Liberia.svg George Weah Flag of Italy.svg Milan
3rd Flag of England.svg Alan Shearer [note 4] Flag of England.svg Newcastle United
1997 1st Flag of Brazil.svg Ronaldo Flag of Italy.svg Inter Milan
2nd Flag of Brazil.svg Roberto Carlos Flag of Spain.svg Real Madrid
3rd Flag of the Netherlands.svg Dennis Bergkamp Flag of England.svg Arsenal
Flag of France.svg Zinedine Zidane Flag of Italy.svg Juventus
1998 1st Flag of France.svg Zinedine Zidane Flag of Italy.svg Juventus
2nd Flag of Brazil.svg Ronaldo Flag of Italy.svg Internazionale
3rd Flag of Croatia.svg Davor Šuker Flag of Spain.svg Real Madrid
1999 1st Flag of Brazil.svg Rivaldo Flag of Spain.svg Barcelona
2nd Flag of England.svg David Beckham Flag of England.svg Manchester United
3rd Flag of Argentina.svg Gabriel Batistuta Flag of Italy.svg Fiorentina
2000 1st Flag of France.svg Zinedine Zidane Flag of Italy.svg Juventus
2nd Flag of Portugal.svg Luís Figo [note 5] Flag of Spain.svg Real Madrid
3rd Flag of Brazil.svg Rivaldo Flag of Spain.svg Barcelona
2001 1st Flag of Portugal.svg Luís Figo Flag of Spain.svg Real Madrid
2nd Flag of England.svg David Beckham Flag of England.svg Manchester United
3rd Flag of Spain.svg Raúl Flag of Spain.svg Real Madrid
2002 1st Flag of Brazil.svg Ronaldo [note 6] Flag of Spain.svg Real Madrid
2nd Flag of Germany.svg Oliver Kahn Flag of Germany.svg Bayern Munich
3rd Flag of France.svg Zinedine Zidane Flag of Spain.svg Real Madrid
2003 1st Flag of France.svg Zinedine Zidane Flag of Spain.svg Real Madrid
2nd Flag of France.svg Thierry Henry Flag of England.svg Arsenal
3rd Flag of Brazil.svg Ronaldo Flag of Spain.svg Real Madrid
2004 1st Flag of Brazil.svg Ronaldinho Flag of Spain.svg Barcelona
2nd Flag of France.svg Thierry Henry Flag of England.svg Arsenal
3rd Flag of Ukraine.svg Andriy Shevchenko Flag of Italy.svg Milan
2005 1st Flag of Brazil.svg Ronaldinho Flag of Spain.svg Barcelona
2nd Flag of England.svg Frank Lampard Flag of England.svg Chelsea
3rd Flag of Cameroon.svg Samuel Eto'o Flag of Spain.svg Barcelona
2006 1st Flag of Italy.svg Fabio Cannavaro [note 7] Flag of Spain.svg Real Madrid
2nd Flag of France.svg Zinedine Zidane Flag of Spain.svg Real Madrid
3rd Flag of Brazil.svg Ronaldinho Flag of Spain.svg Barcelona
2007 1st Flag of Brazil.svg Kaká Flag of Italy.svg Milan
2nd Flag of Argentina.svg Lionel Messi Flag of Spain.svg Barcelona
3rd Flag of Portugal.svg Cristiano Ronaldo Flag of England.svg Manchester United
2008 1st Flag of Portugal.svg Cristiano Ronaldo Flag of England.svg Manchester United
2nd Flag of Argentina.svg Lionel Messi Flag of Spain.svg Barcelona
3rd Flag of Spain.svg Fernando Torres Flag of England.svg Liverpool
2009 1st Flag of Argentina.svg Lionel Messi Flag of Spain.svg Barcelona
2nd Flag of Portugal.svg Cristiano Ronaldo [note 8] Flag of Spain.svg Real Madrid
3rd Flag of Spain.svg Xavi Flag of Spain.svg Barcelona

Source: [1]

From 2010 to 2015, the award was merged with the Ballon d'Or to become the FIFA Ballon d'Or in a six-year partnership with France Football . In 2016, FIFA rebranded the award as The Best FIFA Men's Player.

Ballon dOr annual association football award

The Ballon d'Or is an annual football award presented by France Football. It has been awarded since 1956, although between 2010 and 2015, an agreement was made with FIFA and the award was temporarily merged with the FIFA World Player of the Year, and known as the FIFA Ballon d'Or. However, the partnership ended in 2016 and the award reverted to the Ballon d'Or, while FIFA also reverted to its own separate annual award.

<i>France Football</i> magazine

France Football is a French weekly magazine containing football news from all over the world. It is one of the most reputable sports publications in Europe, mostly because of its photographic reports, in-depth and exclusive interviews and accurate statistics of the UEFA Champions League matches, and extensive coverage of the European leagues. The magazine was first published in 1946. The headquarters is in Paris.

The Best FIFA Men's Player is an association football award presented annually by the sport's governing body, FIFA, to the world's best men's player. The award is aimed at reviving the FIFA World Player of the Year, which was merged with France Football 's Ballon d'Or in 2010 to become the FIFA Ballon d'Or in a six-year partnership.

Wins by player

PlayerWinnerSecond placeThird place
Flag of France.svg Zinedine Zidane 3 (1998, 2000, 2003)1 (2006)2 (1997, 2002)
Flag of Brazil.svg Ronaldo 3 (1996, 1997, 2002)1 (1998)1 (2003)
Flag of Brazil.svg Ronaldinho 2 (2004, 2005)1 (2006)
Flag of Argentina.svg Lionel Messi 1 (2009)2 (2007, 2008)
Flag of Portugal.svg Cristiano Ronaldo 1 (2008)1 (2009)1 (2007)
Flag of Portugal.svg Luís Figo 1 (2001)1 (2000)
Flag of Brazil.svg Romário 1 (1994)1 (1993)
Flag of Liberia.svg George Weah 1 (1995)1 (1996)
Flag of Italy.svg Roberto Baggio 1 (1993)1 (1994)
Flag of Brazil.svg Rivaldo 1 (1999)1 (2000)
Flag of Germany.svg Lothar Matthäus 1 (1991)
Flag of the Netherlands.svg Marco van Basten 1 (1992)
Flag of Italy.svg Fabio Cannavaro 1 (2006)
Flag of Brazil.svg Kaká 1 (2007)

Wins by country

CountryPlayersTotal
Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil 58
Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 22
Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal 22
Flag of France.svg  France 13
Flag of Germany.svg  Germany 11
Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 11
Flag of Liberia.svg  Liberia 11
Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina 11

Wins by club

ClubPlayersTotal
Flag of Spain.svg Barcelona 56
Flag of Spain.svg Real Madrid 44
Flag of Italy.svg Milan 33
Flag of Italy.svg Juventus 23
Flag of Italy.svg Internazionale 22
Flag of England.svg Manchester United 11

FIFA Women's World Player of the Year

YearRankPlayerTeam
2001 1st Flag of the United States.svg Mia Hamm Flag of the United States.svg Washington Freedom
2nd Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Sun Wen Flag of the United States.svg Atlanta Beat
3rd Flag of the United States.svg Tiffeny Milbrett Flag of the United States.svg New York Power
2002 1st Flag of the United States.svg Mia Hamm Flag of the United States.svg Washington Freedom
2nd Flag of Germany.svg Birgit Prinz Flag of Germany.svg 1. FFC Frankfurt
3rd Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Sun Wen Flag of the United States.svg Atlanta Beat
2003 1st Flag of Germany.svg Birgit Prinz Flag of Germany.svg 1. FFC Frankfurt
2nd Flag of the United States.svg Mia Hamm Flag of the United States.svg Washington Freedom
3rd Flag of Sweden.svg Hanna Ljungberg Flag of Sweden.svg Umeå IK
2004 1st Flag of Germany.svg Birgit Prinz Flag of Germany.svg 1. FFC Frankfurt
2nd Flag of the United States.svg Mia Hamm Flag of the United States.svg Washington Freedom
3rd Flag of Brazil.svg Marta Flag of Sweden.svg Umeå IK
2005 1st Flag of Germany.svg Birgit Prinz Flag of Germany.svg 1. FFC Frankfurt
2nd Flag of Brazil.svg Marta Flag of Sweden.svg Umeå IK
3rd Flag of the United States.svg Shannon Boxx Unattached
2006 1st Flag of Brazil.svg Marta Flag of Sweden.svg Umeå IK
2nd Flag of the United States.svg Kristine Lilly Flag of Sweden.svg KIF Örebro DFF
3rd Flag of Germany.svg Renate Lingor Flag of Germany.svg 1. FFC Frankfurt
2007 1st Flag of Brazil.svg Marta Flag of Sweden.svg Umeå IK
2nd Flag of Germany.svg Birgit Prinz Flag of Germany.svg 1. FFC Frankfurt
3rd Flag of Brazil.svg Cristiane Flag of Germany.svg VfL Wolfsburg
2008 1st Flag of Brazil.svg Marta Flag of Sweden.svg Umeå IK
2nd Flag of Germany.svg Birgit Prinz Flag of Germany.svg 1. FFC Frankfurt
3rd Flag of Brazil.svg Cristiane [note 9] Flag of Brazil.svg Corinthians
2009 1st Flag of Brazil.svg Marta [note 10] Flag of Brazil.svg Santos
2nd Flag of Germany.svg Birgit Prinz Flag of Germany.svg 1. FFC Frankfurt
3rd Flag of England.svg Kelly Smith [note 11] Flag of the United States.svg Boston Breakers
2010 1st Flag of Brazil.svg Marta Flag of Brazil.svg Santos
2nd Flag of Germany.svg Birgit Prinz Flag of Germany.svg 1. FFC Frankfurt
3rd Flag of Germany.svg Fatmire Bajramaj Flag of Germany.svg 1. FFC Turbine Potsdam
2011 1st Flag of Japan.svg Homare Sawa Flag of Japan.svg INAC Kobe Leonessa
2nd Flag of Brazil.svg Marta [note 12] Flag of the United States.svg Western New York Flash
3rd Flag of the United States.svg Abby Wambach Flag of the United States.svg magicJack
2012 1st Flag of the United States.svg Abby Wambach Unattached
2nd Flag of Brazil.svg Marta Flag of Sweden.svg Tyresö FF
3rd Flag of the United States.svg Alex Morgan Flag of the United States.svg Seattle Sounders Women
2013 1st Flag of Germany.svg Nadine Angerer [note 13] Flag of Australia (converted).svg Brisbane Roar
2nd Flag of the United States.svg Abby Wambach Flag of the United States.svg Western New York Flash
3rd Flag of Brazil.svg Marta Flag of Sweden.svg Tyresö FF
2014 1st Flag of Germany.svg Nadine Keßler Flag of Germany.svg VfL Wolfsburg
2nd Flag of Brazil.svg Marta [note 14] Flag of Sweden.svg FC Rosengård
3rd Flag of the United States.svg Abby Wambach Flag of the United States.svg Western New York Flash
2015 1st Flag of the United States.svg Carli Lloyd Flag of the United States.svg Houston Dash
2nd Flag of Germany.svg Célia Šašić Flag of Germany.svg 1. FFC Frankfurt
3rd Flag of Japan.svg Aya Miyama Flag of Japan.svg Okayama Yunogo Belle

Source: [1]

In 2016, FIFA created The Best FIFA Women's Player award instead.

Wins by player

Player1st2nd3rd
Flag of Brazil.svg Marta 5 (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010)4 (2005, 2011, 2012, 2014)2 (2004, 2013)
Flag of Germany.svg Birgit Prinz 3 (2003, 2004, 2005)5 (2002, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010)
Flag of the United States.svg Mia Hamm 2 (2001, 2002)2 (2003, 2004)
Flag of the United States.svg Abby Wambach 1 (2012)1 (2013)2 (2011, 2014)
Flag of Japan.svg Homare Sawa 1 (2011)
Flag of Germany.svg Nadine Angerer 1 (2013)
Flag of Germany.svg Nadine Keßler 1 (2014)
Flag of the United States.svg Carli Lloyd 1 (2015)

Wins by country

CountryPlayersTotal
Flag of Germany.svg  Germany 35
Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil 15
Flag of the United States.svg  United States 34
Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 11

Wins by club

ClubPlayersTotal
Flag of Germany.svg 1. FFC Frankfurt 13
Flag of Sweden.svg Umeå IK 13
Flag of the United States.svg Washington Freedom 12
Flag of Brazil.svg Santos 12
Flag of Japan.svg INAC Kobe Leonessa 11
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Brisbane Roar 11
Flag of Germany.svg VfL Wolfsburg 11
Flag of the United States.svg Houston Dash 11

See also

Notes

  1. Weah was signed by Milan from Paris Saint-Germain midway through 1995.
  2. Klinsmann was signed by Bayern Munich from Tottenham Hotspur midway through 1995.
  3. Ronaldo was signed by Barcelona from PSV Eindhoven midway through 1996.
  4. Shearer was signed by Newcastle United from Blackburn Rovers midway through 1996.
  5. Figo was signed by Real Madrid from Barcelona midway through 2000.
  6. Ronaldo was signed by Real Madrid from Internazionale midway through 2002.
  7. Cannavaro was signed by Real Madrid from Juventus midway through 2006.
  8. Cristiano Ronaldo was signed by Real Madrid from Manchester United midway through 2009.
  9. Cristiane was signed by Corinthians from Linköpings F.C. midway through 2008.
  10. Marta was signed by Santos from Los Angeles Sol midway through 2009.
  11. Smith was signed by Boston Breakers from Arsenal Ladies midway through 2009.
  12. Marta was signed by Western New York Flash from Santos midway through 2011.
  13. Angerer was signed by Brisbane Roar from 1. FFC Frankfurt midway through 2013.
  14. Marta was signed by FC Rosengård from Tyresö FF midway through 2014.

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