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Ballon d’Or winners and the top 10 players from 2000 to 2021 as Karim Benzema set to end Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo’s dominance after stunning year with Real Madrid

By talksport

Karim Benzema is the favourite to win 2022’s Ballon d’Or tonight after helping Real Madrid win the Champions League during the 2021/22 season.

The Frenchman scored 44 goals as Los Blancos won club football’s most prestigious trophy and LaLiga.

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Benzema is Real Madrid’s main man and dragged them to the Champions League title

Robert Lewandowski was awarded the ‘Striker of the Year’ award at the 2021 Ballon d’Or ceremony

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Robert Lewandowski was awarded the ‘Striker of the Year’ award at the 2021 Ballon d’Or ceremony

Lionel Messi won, though, but but acknowledged Lewandowski when he accepted the prize

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Lionel Messi won, though, but but acknowledged Lewandowski when he accepted the prize

Judged by a panel of journalists, the Ballon d’Or ran in conjunction with FIFA from 2010 until 2015, when the governing body split to create its own – and much less prestigious – ‘Best Player’ award.

It has been dominated by Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in recent years, with the duo winning 11 of the 12 awards up for grabs since 2008 – Luka Modric briefly broke their duopoly in 2018.

Lewandowski was among the front-runners for the 2021 edition but Paris Saint-German superstar and six-time winner Messi added a seventh triumph.

However, it looks like Ronaldo and Messi’s dominance is about to come to an end, with Benzema poised to collect the trophy.

But what did football’s top prize look like before Messi and Ronaldo took over? That’s what talkSPORT.com is looking at, stretching back to 2000.

It’s also interesting to see who made it into voters’ lists of the top ten footballers in the world from every year since the turn of the millennium, including this one.


Ballon d’Or 2000

1. Luis Figo (Barcelona and Real Madrid)

2. Zinedine Zidane (Juventus)

3. Andriy Shevchenko (AC Milan)

4. Thierry Henry (Arsenal)

5. Alessandro Nesta (Lazio)

6. Rivaldo (Barcelona)

Real Madrid star Luis Figo collects his award in 2000

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Real Madrid star Luis Figo collects his award in 2000

7. Gabriel Batistuta (Roma)

8. Gaizka Mendieta (Valencia)

9. Raul (Real Madrid)

10: Paolo Maldini (AC Milan)

10: David Beckham (Manchester United)

Ballon d’Or 2001

1. Michael Owen (Liverpool)

2. Raul (Real Madrid)

3. Oliver Kahn (Bayern Munich)

4. David Beckham (Manchester United)

5. Francesco Totti (Roma)

6. Luis Figo (Real Madrid)

7. Rivaldo (Barcelona)

8. Andriy Shevchenko (AC Milan)

9. Thierry Henry (Arsenal)

10. Zinedine Zidane (Real Madrid)

Ballon d’Or 2002

1. Ronaldo (Inter Milan and Real Madrid)

2. Roberto Carlos (Real Madrid)

3. Oliver Kahn (Bayern Munich)

4. Zinedine Zidane (Real Madrid)

5. Michael Ballack (Bayer Leverkusen and Bayern Munich)

6. Thierry Henry (Arsenal)

7. Raul (Real Madrid)

8. Rivaldo (Barcelona and AC Milan)

9. Yildiray Basturk (Bayer Leverkusen)

10. Alessandro Del Piero (Juventus)

Ballon d’Or 2003

1. Pavel Nedved (Juventus)

2. Thierry Henry (Arsenal)

3. Paolo Maldini (AC Milan)

4. Andriy Shevchenko (AC Milan)

5. Zinedine Zidane (Real Madrid)

Juventus midfielder Pavel Nedved poses with the prestigious gong

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Juventus midfielder Pavel Nedved poses with the prestigious gong

6. Ruud van Nistelrooy (Manchester United)

7. Raul (Real Madrid)

8. Roberto Carlos (Real Madrid)

9. Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus)

10. David Beckham (Manchester United and Real Madrid)

Ballon d’Or 2004

1. Andriy Shevchenko (AC Milan)

2. Deco (Porto and Barcelona)

3. Ronaldinho (Barcelona)

4. Thierry Henry (Arsenal)

5. Theodoros Zagorakis (AEK Athens and Bologna)

6. Adriano (Parma and Inter Milan)

7. Pavel Naved (Juventus)

8. Wayne Rooney (Everton and Manchester United)

9. Ricardo Carvalho (Porto and Chelsea)

10. Ruud van Nistelrooy (Manchester United)

Ballon d’Or 2005

1. Ronaldinho (Barcelona)

2. Frank Lampard (Chelsea)

3. Steven Gerrard (Liverpool)

4. Thierry Henry (Arsenal)

5. Andriy Shevchenko (AC Milan)

6. Paolo Maldini (AC Milan)

7. Adriano (Inter Milan)

8. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Juventus)

9. Kaka (AC Milan)

10: Samuel Eto’o (Barcelona)

10: John Terry (Chelsea)

Ballon d’Or 2006

1. Fabio Cannavaro (Juventus and Real Madrid)

2. Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus)

3. Thierry Henry (Arsenal)

4. Ronaldinho (Barcelona)

5. Zinedine Zidane (Real Madrid)

6. Samuel Eto’o (Barcelona)

A moment Fabio Cannavaro will never forget

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A moment Fabio Cannavaro will never forget

7. Miroslav Klose (Werder Bremen)

8. Didier Drogba (Chelsea)

9. Andrea Pirlo (AC Milan)

10. Jens Lehmann (Arsenal)

Ballon d’Or 2007

1. Kaka (AC Milan)

2. Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United)

3. Lionel Messi (Barcelona)

4. Didier Drogba (Chelsea)

5. Andrea Pirlo (AC Milan)

6. Ruud van Nistelrooy (Real Madrid)

7. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Inter Milan)

8. Cesc Fabregas (Arsenal)

9. Robinho (Real Madrid)

10. Francesco Totti (Roma)

Ballon d’Or 2008

1. Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United)

2. Lionel Messi (Barcelona)

3. Fernando Torres (Liverpool)

4. Iker Casillas (Real Madrid)

5. Xavi (Barcelona)

6. Andrey Arshavin (Zenit Saint Petersburg)

7. David Villa (Valencia)

8. Kaka (AC Milan)

9. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Inter Milan)

10. Steven Gerrard (Liverpool)

Ballon d’Or 2009

1. Lionel Messi (Barcelona)

2. Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United and Real Madrid)

3. Xavi (Barcelona)

4. Andres Iniesta (Barcelona)

5. Samuel Eto’o (Barcelona)

6. Kaka (AC Milan and Real Madrid)

Lionel Messi with his first Ballon d’Or in 2009

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Lionel Messi with his first Ballon d’Or in 2009

7. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Inter Milan and Barcelona)

8. Wayne Rooney (Manchester United)

9. Steven Gerrard (Liverpool)

10. Didier Drogba (Chelsea)

Ballon d’Or 2010

1. Lionel Messi (Barcelona)

2. Andres Iniesta (Barcelona)

3. Xavi (Barcelona)

4. Wesley Sneijder (Inter Milan)

5. Diego Forlan (Atletico Madrid)

6. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)

7. Iker Casillas (Real Madrid)

8. David Villa (Valencia and Barcelona)

9. Didier Drogba (Chelsea)

10. Xabi Alonso (Liverpool)

Messi and Ronaldo have won the Ballon d’Or multiple times and have dominated it since 2008

Messi and Ronaldo have won the Ballon d’Or multiple times and have dominated it since 2008

Ballon d’Or 2011

1. Lionel Messi (Barcelona)

2. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)

3. Xavi (Barcelona)

4. Andres Iniesta (Barcelona)

5. Wayne Rooney (Manchester United)

6. Luis Suarez (Ajax and Liverpool)

7. Diego Forlan (Atletico Madrid and Inter Milan)

8. Samuel Eto’o (Inter Milan and Anzhi Makhachkala)

9. Iker Casillas (Real Madrid)

10. Neymar (Santos)

Ballon d’Or 2012

1. Lionel Messi (Barcelona)

2. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)

3. Xavi (Barcelona)

4. Andres Iniesta (Barcelona)

5. Radamel Falcao (Atletico Madrid)

6. Iker Casillas (Real Madrid)

7. Andrea Pirlo (Juventus)

8. Didier Drogba (Chelsea and Atletico Madrid)

9. Robin van Persie (Arsenal and Manchester United)

10. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (AC Milan and Paris Saint-Germain)

Ballon d’Or 2013

1. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)

2. Lionel Messi (Barcelona)

3. Franck Ribery (Bayern Munich)

4. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Paris Saint-Germain)

5. Neymar (Santos and Barcelona)

Ronaldo has won it five times during his career

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Ronaldo has won it five times during his career

6. Andres Iniesta (Barcelona)

7. Robin van Persie (Manchester United)

8. Arjen Robben (Bayern Munich)

9. Gareth Bale (Tottenham and Real Madrid)

10. Andrea Pirlo (Juventus)

Ballon d’Or 2014

1. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)

2. Lionel Messi (Barcelona)

3. Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich)

4. Arjen Robben (Bayern Munich)

5. Philipp Lahm (Bayern Munich)

6. Thomas Muller (Bayern Munich)

7. Neymar (Barcelona)

8. James Rodriguez (Monaco and Real Madrid)

9. Toni Kroos (Bayern Munich and Real Madrid)

10. Angel di Maria (Real Madrid and Manchester United)

Ballon d’Or 2015

1. Lionel Messi (Barcelona)

2. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)

3. Neymar (Barcelona)

4. Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich)

5. Paul Pogba (Juventus)

Messi has won it six times and could even add another in 2021

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Messi has won it six times and could even add another in 2021

6. Thomas Muller (Bayern Munich)

7. Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich)

8. Eden Hazard (Chelsea)

9. Andres Iniesta (Barcelona)

10. Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal)

Ballon d’Or 2016

1. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)

2. Lionel Messi (Barcelona)

3. Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid)

4. Luis Suarez (Barcelona)

5. Neymar (Barcelona)

6. Gareth Bale (Real Madrid)

7. Riyad Mahrez (Leicester)

8. Jamie Vardy (Leicester)

9: Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus)

9: Pepe (Real Madrid)

Jorginho has proven many of his doubters wrong and has even been tipped to win the Ballon d’Or

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Jorginho has proven many of his doubters wrong and has even been tipped to win the Ballon d’Or

Ballon d’Or 2017

1. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)

2. Lionel Messi (Barcelona)

3. Neymar (Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain)

4. Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus)

5. Luka Modric (Real Madrid)

6. Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid)

7. Kylian Mbappe (Monaco and Paris Saint-Germain)

8. N’Golo Kante (Chelsea)

9. Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich)

10. Harry Kane (Tottenham)

Ballon d’Or 2018

1. Luka Modric (Real Madrid)

2. Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus)

3. Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid)

4. Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain)

5. Lionel Messi (Barcelona)

Real Madrid and Croatia midfielder Modric was awarded it following a fantastic season which also saw him named best player at the World Cup

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Real Madrid and Croatia midfielder Modric was awarded it following a fantastic season which also saw him named best player at the World Cup

6. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)

7. Raphael Varane (Real Madrid)

8. Eden Hazard (Chelsea)

9. Kevin de Bruyne (Manchester City)

10. Harry Kane (Tottenham)

Ballon d’Or 2019

1. Lionel Messi (Barcelona)

2. Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool)

3. Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus)

4. Sadio Mane (Liverpool)

5. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)

No player has won the Ballon d’Or more than Messi

No player has won the Ballon d’Or more than Messi

6. Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain)

7. Alisson Becker (Liverpool)

8. Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich)

9. Bernardo Silva (Manchester City)

10. Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City)

Ballon d’Or 2020 (cancelled due to COVID pandemic)

Ballon d’Or 2021

1. Lionel Messi (PSG)

2. Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich)

3. Jorginho (Chelsea)

4. Karim Benzema (Real Madrid)

5. N’golo Kante (Chelsea)

6. Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United)

7. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)

8. Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City)

9. Kylian Mbappe (PSG)

10. Gianluigi Donnarumma (PSG)

That man Messi wins the Ballon d’Or again

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That man Messi wins the Ballon d’Or again

Ballon d’Or 2022 nominees

Karim Benzema (Real Madrid)

Erling Haaland (Borussia Dortmund and Manchester City)

Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain)

Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)

Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool)

Sadio Mane (Liverpool and Bayern Munich)

Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich and Barcelona)

Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City)

Vinicius Junior (Real Madrid)

Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur)

Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United)

Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool)

Joao Cancelo (Manchester City)

Casemiro (Real Madrid and Manchester United)

Thibaut Courtois (Real Madrid)

Luis Diaz (FC Porto and Liverpool)

Fabinho (Liverpool)

Phil Foden (Manchester City)

Sebastien Haller (Ajax and Borussia Dortmund)

Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich)

Rafael Leao (AC Milan)

Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City)

Mike Maignan (AC Milan)

Luka Modric (Real Madrid)

Christopher Nkunku (RB Leipzig)

Darwin Nunez (Benfica and Liverpool)

Antonio Rudiger (Chelsea and Real Madrid)

Bernardo Silva (Manchester City)

Heung-min Son (Tottenham Hotspur)

Dusan Vlahovic (Fiorentina and Juventus)

Haaland is seen as Benzema’s closest competition

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Haaland is seen as Benzema’s closest competition

Source: Talksport.

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