France football annonced that their partnership with fifa to merge the balon d’or had come to an end in 2016, ever since then the Balon d’or had become a separate award.
This era of the balon d’or winners have been domainated by the brilliance’s of both Christiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi who won 11 Balon D’or between them. Eplfantasy took a review on the players that won the balon d’or from the epl since when it was inaugurated.
|Dennis Law||Scotland||Manchester United||1965|
|Bobby Charlton||England||Manchester United||1966|
|George Best||Northern Ireland||Manchester United||1968|
|Christiano Ronaldo||Portugal||Manchester United||2008|
Stanley Matthew was the first player to win both the European footballer of the year award and also the Football writers Association Footballer of the year Award when they were both inaugurated. He played as a right winger during his time with Blackpool when he won the balon d’or in the 1956/1957 season where he scored 2 goals in 29 appearances, he also holds the record for the oldest player to player in England top division at 50 years old and also the oldest player to feature for the Three lions of England at 42 year old, he was never booked or sent off through out his playing days.
Denis Law signed for Manchester United as a center forward in 1962 for a transfer record fee of £115,000. He finished the 1963-1964 season with a club record of 46 goals in all competition which still stands till date, In the 1964/1965 season in which he won the Balon d’or he recorded a total of 39 goals in 52 appearances, He also was included in the world XI in the 1964 season.
George Best played as a winger for Manchester United he was known for his pace, two footedness, dribbling and goal scoring instincts. He never played at the world cup through out his playing days. He finished the 1968/1969 season in which he won the balon d’or with 22 goals in 55 appearances.
Christiano Ronaldo He was widely known for his pace, dribbling and goal scoring abilities, he won the balon d’or with Manchester United in the 2008/2009 season with a total of 448 points from 480 points, winning it comfortably with second placed Lionel messi recording 281 points and third placed Fernando Torres recording 179 points.
Since then he has gone on to win 4 more balon d’or awards making it 5 balon d’or only one short behind Lionel messi with 6 balon d’ or.