FIFA World Player of the Year

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.

FIFA World Player of the Year
Ronaldo, the youngest recipient of the award aged 20, won it three times.
Presented byFIFA
First awarded1991
Last awarded2009
Most awards Zinedine Zidane
Ronaldo
(3 awards each)
Websitefifa.com
RelatedFIFA Ballon d'Or
The Best FIFA Men's Player
FIFA Women's World Player of the Year
Marta, the youngest recipient of the award aged 20, won it five times.
Presented byFIFA
First awarded2001
Last awarded2015
Most awards Marta (5 awards)
Websitefifa.com
RelatedThe Best FIFA Women's Player

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.

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of the FIFA World Player of the Year and the France Football Ballon d'Or awards.[5][6] Since 2016, the awards have been replaced by The Best FIFA Men's Player and The Best FIFA Women's Player awards.[7]

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.

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

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

Wins by player

Player Winner Second place Third place
Zinedine Zidane 3 (1998, 2000, 2003) 1 (2006) 2 (1997, 2002)
Ronaldo 3 (1996, 1997, 2002) 1 (1998) 1 (2003)
Ronaldinho 2 (2004, 2005) 1 (2006)
Lionel Messi 1 (2009) 2 (2007, 2008)
Cristiano Ronaldo 1 (2008) 1 (2009) 1 (2007)
Luís Figo 1 (2001) 1 (2000)
Romário 1 (1994) 1 (1993)
George Weah 1 (1995) 1 (1996)
Roberto Baggio 1 (1993) 1 (1994)
Rivaldo 1 (1999) 1 (2000)
Lothar Matthäus 1 (1991)
Marco van Basten 1 (1992)
Fabio Cannavaro 1 (2006)
Kaká 1 (2007)

Wins by country

Country Players Total
 Brazil 5 8
 Argentina 2 2
 Italy 2 2
 Portugal 2 2
 France 1 3
 Germany 1 1
 Netherlands 1 1
 Liberia 1 1

Wins by club

Club Players Total
Barcelona 5 6
Real Madrid 4 4
Milan 3 3
Juventus 2 3
Internazionale 2 2
Manchester United 1 1

FIFA Women's World Player of the Year

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

Source:[1]

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

Wins by player

Player 1st 2nd 3rd
Marta 5 (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010) 4 (2005, 2011, 2012, 2014) 2 (2004, 2013)
Birgit Prinz 3 (2003, 2004, 2005) 5 (2002, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010)
Mia Hamm 2 (2001, 2002) 2 (2003, 2004)
Abby Wambach 1 (2012) 1 (2013) 2 (2011, 2014)
Homare Sawa 1 (2011)
Nadine Angerer 1 (2013)
Nadine Keßler 1 (2014)
Carli Lloyd 1 (2015)

Wins by country

Country Players Total
 Germany 3 5
 Brazil 1 5
 United States 3 4
 Japan 1 1

Wins by club

Club Players Total
1. FFC Frankfurt 1 3
Umeå IK 1 3
Washington Freedom 1 2
Santos 1 2
INAC Kobe Leonessa 1 1
Brisbane Roar 1 1
VfL Wolfsburg 1 1
Houston Dash 1 1

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.

References

  1. "FACTSheet FIFA awards" (PDF). FIFA. Archived from the original (PDF) on 22 January 2016. Retrieved 19 January 2016.
  2. "FIFA Awards". RSSSF.com. Retrieved 1 April 2013
  3. "Brazil legend Ronaldo retires from football". BBC. Retrieved 17 November 2013
  4. "Cannavaro discusses highs and lows" Archived 2013-12-16 at the Wayback Machine. Football Federation Australia. Retrieved 18 November 2013
  5. "The FIFA Ballon d'Or is born". FIFA.com. Retrieved 12 January 2016
  6. "FIFA Ballon d'Or World Player of the Year: Award History". FIFA.com. Retrieved 12 January 2016
  7. "The birth of The Best FIFA Football Awards". FIFA.com. Retrieved 24 October 2016.
  8. "Messi, Lloyd, Luis Enrique and Ellis triumph at FIFA Ballon d'Or 2015". FIFA. 11 January 2016. Retrieved 13 January 2016.
  9. FIFA.com - Thirty-five stars make Zurich shortlist
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