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FIFA World Player of the Year

Sepp Blatter holds up the agreement creating the FIFA Ballon d'Or in Johannesburg in July 2010

The FIFA World Player of the Year is an association football award presented to the female player voted as best in the world by coaches and captains of international teams. It began in 1991 as an award for the best men's player in the world, and from 2001 to 2009 both men's and women's awards were presented. As of 2010, the equivalent men's award is the FIFA Ballon d'Or.[1] In a voting system based on positional voting, each coach has three votes, worth five points, three points and one point, and the three finalists are ordered based on total number of points.

During the men's era, European-based Brazilian players dominated the award, winning 8 out of 18 times, compared to three wins – the second most – for French players. In terms of the number of individual players who have received the award from each country, Brazil leads with five, followed by Italy and Portugal with two each.[2][3]

The award's youngest male winner was Ronaldo, who won at the age of 20 in 1996.[4] He won it again in 1997 and 2002. Both Ronaldo and Ronaldinho won twice in a row. Ronaldo and Zinedine Zidane won the award three times. The oldest winner is Fabio Cannavaro, who was 33 when he won in 2006.[5]

So far, only seven female players – three Germans, two Americans, one Brazilian, and one Japanese – have won the award. Marta has won it five times in a row, 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 to win either the women's or men's award. The youngest winner is Marta, who won in 2006 at age 20.

Contents

  • Nomination and selection process 1
  • List of male winners 2
    • Wins by player 2.1
    • Wins by country 2.2
    • Wins by club 2.3
  • List of female winners 3
    • Wins by player 3.1
    • Wins by country 3.2
    • Wins by club 3.3
  • See also 4
  • Notes and references 5

Nomination and selection process

Following criticism from some sections of the media over nominations in previous years, in 2004 FIFA drew up a short list of 35 men and 21 women from which national team managers and, for the first time, team captains and representatives from

  1. ^ FIFA.com - The FIFA Ballon d'Or is born
  2. ^ "FIFA World Player". FIFA.com. Retrieved 1 April 2013
  3. ^ "FIFA Awards". RSSSF.com. Retrieved 1 April 2013
  4. ^ "Brazil legend Ronaldo retires from football" BBC. Retrieved 17 November 2013
  5. ^ "Cannavaro discusses highs and lows". Football Federation Australia. Retrieved 18 November 2013
  6. ^ FIFA.com - Thirty-five stars make Zurich shortlist

Notes and references

See also

# Club First place Second place Third place
1 1. FFC Frankfurt 4 (2003, 2004, 2005, 2013) 5 (2002, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010) 1 (2006)
2 Umeå IK 3 (2006, 2007, 2008) 1 (2005) 2 (2003, 2004)
3 Washington Freedom 2 (2001, 2002) 2 (2003, 2004) 0
4 Santos 2 (2009, 2010) 0 0
5 VfL Wolfsburg 1 (2014) 0 1 (2007)
6 INAC Kobe Leonessa 1 (2011) 0 0
FC Gold Pride 1 (2010) 0 0
Los Angeles Sol 1 (2009) 0 0
Brisbane Roar 1 (2013) 0 0
10 Tyresö FF 0 2 (2012, 2014) 1 (2013)
Western New York Flash 0 2 (2011, 2013) 1 (2014)
12 FC Rosengård 0 1 (2014) 0
KIF Örebro DFF 0 1 (2006) 0
New York Power 0 1 (2001) 0
15 Atlanta Beat 0 0 2 (2001, 2002)
16 Seattle Sounders Women 0 0 1 (2012)
magicJack 0 0 1 (2011)
Turbine Potsdam 0 0 1 (2010)
Boston Breakers 0 0 1 (2009)
Linköping 0 0 1 (2008)
Corinthians 0 0 1 (2008)
Unattached 1 (2012) 0 1 (2005)

Wins by club

# Country First place Second place Third place
1  Germany 5 (2003, 2004, 2005, 2013, 2014) 5 (2002, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010) 2 (2006, 2010)
2  Brazil 5 (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010) 4 (2005, 2011, 2012, 2014) 4 (2004, 2007, 2008, 2013)
3  United States 3 (2001, 2002, 2012) 5 (2001, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2013) 4 (2005, 2011, 2012, 2014)
4  Japan 1 (2011) 0 0
5  China PR 0 0 2 (2001, 2002)
6  England 0 0 1 (2009)
7  Sweden 0 0 1 (2003)

Table of winners categorised by the player's nationality (not the nationality of her club).

Wins by country

# Player First place Second place Third place
1 Marta 5 4 2
2 Birgit Prinz 3 5 0
3 Mia Hamm 2 2 0
4 Abby Wambach 1 1 2
5 Homare Sawa 1 0 0
Nadine Angerer 1 0 0
Nadine Keßler 1 0 0
8 Tiffeny Milbrett 0 1 0
Kristine Lilly 0 1 0
10 Sun Wen 0 0 2
Cristiane 0 0 2
12 Kelly Smith 0 0 1
Shannon Boxx 0 0 1
Renate Lingor 0 0 1
Hanna Ljungberg 0 0 1
Fatmire Bajramaj 0 0 1
Alex Morgan 0 0 1

Wins by player

Year 1st 2nd 3rd
2001 Mia Hamm (Washington Freedom) Tiffeny Milbrett (New York Power) Sun Wen (Atlanta Beat)
2002 Mia Hamm (Washington Freedom) Birgit Prinz (1. FFC Frankfurt) Sun Wen (Atlanta Beat)
2003 Birgit Prinz (1. FFC Frankfurt) Mia Hamm (Washington Freedom) Hanna Ljungberg (Umeå IK)
2004 Birgit Prinz (1. FFC Frankfurt) Mia Hamm (Washington Freedom) Marta (Umeå IK)
2005 Birgit Prinz (1. FFC Frankfurt) Marta (Umeå IK) Shannon Boxx
2006 Marta (Umeå IK) Kristine Lilly (KIF Örebro DFF) Renate Lingor (1. FFC Frankfurt)
2007 Marta (Umeå IK) Birgit Prinz (1. FFC Frankfurt) Cristiane (VfL Wolfsburg)
2008 Marta (Umeå IK) Birgit Prinz (1. FFC Frankfurt) Cristiane (Linköping, Corinthians)
2009 Marta (Los Angeles Sol, Santos) Birgit Prinz (1. FFC Frankfurt) Kelly Smith (Boston Breakers)
2010 Marta (FC Gold Pride, Santos) Birgit Prinz (1. FFC Frankfurt) Fatmire Bajramaj (Turbine Potsdam)
2011 Homare Sawa (INAC Kobe Leonessa) Marta (Western New York Flash) Abby Wambach (magicJack)
2012 Abby Wambach Marta (Tyresö FF) Seattle Sounders Women)
2013 Nadine Angerer (1. FFC Frankfurt, Brisbane Roar) Abby Wambach (Western New York Flash) Marta (Tyresö FF)
2014 Nadine Keßler (VfL Wolfsburg) Marta (Tyresö FF, FC Rosengård) Abby Wambach (Western New York Flash)
Nadine Angerer, 2013 win­ner and first goalkeeper to win
Marta, the 2006–10 winner

List of female winners

*Player was a member of the club for the second half of the calendar year (The first part of a new season - August to December)
**Player was a member of the club for the first half of the calendar year (The second part of a finished season - January to May)
***Player retired halfway through the calendar year so was a member of the club only for the first half of the calendar year (The second part of a finished season - January to May)

# Club First place Second place Third place
1 Barcelona 7 (1994, 1996*, 1997**, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2009) 6 (1992, 1993*, 1994, 2000**, 2007, 2008) 4 (2000, 2005, 2006, 2009)
2 Real Madrid 4 (2001, 2002*, 2003, 2006*) 4 (1997, 2000*, 2006***, 2009*) 3 (1998, 2001, 2003)
3 Juventus 4 (1993, 1998, 2000, 2006**) 0 2 (1994, 1997)
4 Milan 3 (1992, 1995*, 2007) 2 (1995, 1996) 1 (2004)
5 Internazionale 3 (1991, 1997*, 2002**) 1 (1998) 1 (1993*)
6 Manchester United 1 (2008) 3 (1999, 2001, 2009**) 1 (2007)
7 PSV Eindhoven 1 (1996**) 1 (1993**) 0
8 Paris Saint-Germain 1 (1995**) 0 0
9 Arsenal 0 2 (2003, 2004) 1 (1997)
10 Bayern Munich 0 1 (2002) 1 (1995*)
11 Marseille 0 1 (1991) 0
11 Chelsea 0 1 (2005) 0
13 Tottenham Hotspur 0 0 2 (1991, 1995**)
14 Roma 0 0 1 (1992)
14 Ajax 0 0 1 (1993**)
14 Blackburn Rovers 0 0 1 (1996**)
14 Newcastle United 0 0 1 (1996*)
14 Fiorentina 0 0 1 (1999)
14 Liverpool 0 0 1 (2008)

Wins by club

* There was a tie for that place

# Country First place Second place Third place
1  Brazil 8 (1994, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2007) 3 (1993, 1997, 1998) 3 (2000, 2003, 2006)
2  France 3 (1998, 2000, 2003) 4 (1991, 2003, 2004, 2006) 2 (1997*, 2002)
3  Portugal 2 (2001, 2008) 2 (2000, 2009) 1 (2007)
4  Italy 2 (1993, 2006) 1 (1995) 1 (1994)
5  Argentina 1 (2009) 2 (2007, 2008) 1 (1999)
6  Germany 1 (1991) 1 (2002) 2 (1992, 1995)
7  Liberia 1 (1995) 1 (1996) 0
8  Netherlands 1 (1992) 0 2 (1993, 1997*)
9  England 0 3 (1999, 2001, 2005) 2 (1991, 1996)
10  Bulgaria 0 2 (1992, 1994) 0
11  Spain 0 0 3 (2001, 2008, 2009)
12  Croatia 0 0 1 (1998)
12  Ukraine 0 0 1 (2004)
12  Cameroon 0 0 1 (2005)

Table of winners categorised by the player's nationality (not the nationality of his club).

Wins by country

# Player First place Second place Third place
1 Zinedine Zidane 3 1 2
2 Ronaldo 3 1 1
3 Ronaldinho 2 0 1
4 Lionel Messi 1 2 0
5 Cristiano Ronaldo 1 1 1
6 Luís Figo 1 1 0
Romário 1 1 0
George Weah 1 1 0
9 Rivaldo 1 0 1
Roberto Baggio 1 0 1
11 Kaká 1 0 0
Fabio Cannavaro 1 0 0
Marco van Basten 1 0 0
Lothar Matthäus 1 0 0
15 Thierry Henry 0 2 0
David Beckham 0 2 0
Hristo Stoichkov 0 2 0
18 Frank Lampard 0 1 0
Oliver Kahn 0 1 0
Roberto Carlos 0 1 0
Paolo Maldini 0 1 0
Jean-Pierre Papin 0 1 0
23 Dennis Bergkamp 0 0 2
24 Xavi 0 0 1
Fernando Torres 0 0 1
Samuel Eto'o 0 0 1
Andriy Shevchenko 0 0 1
Raúl 0 0 1
Gabriel Batistuta 0 0 1
Davor Šuker 0 0 1
Alan Shearer 0 0 1
Jürgen Klinsmann 0 0 1
Thomas Häßler 0 0 1
Gary Lineker 0 0 1

Wins by player

FIFA World Player of the Year recipients
Year 1st Club 2nd Club 3rd Club
1991  Matthäus, LotharLothar Matthäus (GER) Internazionale  Papin, Jean-PierreJean-Pierre Papin (FRA) Marseille  Lineker, GaryGary Lineker (ENG) Tottenham Hotspur
1992  Van Basten, MarcoMarco Van Basten (NED) Milan  Stoichkov, HristoHristo Stoichkov (BUL) Barcelona  Haßler, ThomasThomas Haßler (GER) Roma
1993  Baggio, RobertoRoberto Baggio (ITA) Juventus  Romário (BRA) Barcelona  Bergkamp, DennisDennis Bergkamp (NED) Internazionale
1994  Romário (BRA) Barcelona  Stoichkov, HristoHristo Stoichkov (BUL) Barcelona  Baggio, RobertoRoberto Baggio (ITA) Juventus
1995 )LBR( Milan  Maldini, PaoloPaolo Maldini (ITA) Milan  Klinsmann, JürgenJürgen Klinsmann (GER) Bayern Munich
1996  Ronaldo (BRA) Barcelona )LBR( Milan  Shearer, AlanAlan Shearer (ENG) Newcastle United
1997  Ronaldo (BRA) Inter Milan  Carlos, RobertoRoberto Carlos (BRA) Real Madrid
 Bergkamp, DennisDennis Bergkamp (NED)

 Zidane, ZinedineZinedine Zidane (FRA)

1998  Zidane, ZinedineZinedine Zidane (FRA) Juventus  Ronaldo (BRA) Inter Milan  Šuker, DavorDavor Šuker (CRO) Real Madrid
1999  Rivaldo (BRA) Barcelona  Beckham, DavidDavid Beckham (ENG) Manchester United  Batistuta, GabrielGabriel Batistuta (ARG) Fiorentina
2000  Zidane, ZinedineZinedine Zidane (FRA) Juventus  Figo, LuísLuís Figo (POR) Real Madrid  Rivaldo (BRA) FC Barcelona
2001  Figo, LuísLuís Figo (POR) Real Madrid  Beckham, DavidDavid Beckham (ENG) Manchester United  Raúl (ESP) Real Madrid
2002  Ronaldo (BRA) Real Madrid  Kahn, OliverOliver Kahn (GER) Bayern Munich  Zidane, ZinedineZinedine Zidane (FRA) Real Madrid
2003  Zidane, ZinedineZinedine Zidane (FRA) Real Madrid  Henry, ThierryThierry Henry (FRA) Arsenal  Ronaldo (BRA) Real Madrid
2004  Ronaldinho (BRA) Barcelona  Henry, ThierryThierry Henry (FRA) Arsenal  Shevchenko, AndriyAndriy Shevchenko (UKR) Milan
2005  Ronaldinho (BRA) Barcelona  Lampard, FrankFrank Lampard (ENG) Chelsea  Eto'o, SamuelSamuel Eto'o (CMR) Barcelona
2006  Cannavaro, FabioFabio Cannavaro (ITA) Real Madrid  Zidane, ZinedineZinedine Zidane (FRA) Real Madrid  Ronaldinho (BRA) Barcelona
2007  Kaká (BRA) Milan  Messi, LionelLionel Messi (ARG) Barcelona  Ronaldo, CristianoCristiano Ronaldo (POR) Manchester United
2008  Ronaldo, CristianoCristiano Ronaldo (POR) Manchester United  Messi, LionelLionel Messi (ARG) Barcelona  Torres, FernandoFernando Torres (ESP) Liverpool
2009  Messi, LionelLionel Messi (ARG) Barcelona  Ronaldo, CristianoCristiano Ronaldo (POR) Manchester United  Xavi (ESP) Barcelona
Since 2010, the world's best player has been awarded the FIFA Ballon d'Or

List of male winners

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