Pallone d'Oro

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The Pallone d'Oro ("Golden Ball") is an annual football award presented by Italian news magazine La Gazetta dello Sport that is one of the oldest and generally regarded as the most prestigious individual award for football players. It has been awarded since 1930 with an interruption between 1942 and 1947.

Conceived by sports writer and La Gazetta dello Sport director Emilio Colombo, the Pallon d'Oro award honours the male player deemed to have performed the best over the previous year, based on voting by football journalists of country that have participated in a FIFA World Cup.

History[edit | edit source]

This award was created in 1930 by La Gazetta dello Sport magazine, at the instigation of its journalists Emilio Colombo, Bruno Roghi and Ugo Toffaletti

Attribution[edit | edit source]

Since 1930, the ranking has been established according to the vote of an international panel of journalists.

The selection criteria are based on individual performances, individual and collective rewards and then the player's career.

From 1930 to 1942, journalists vote for a single player. From 1947 the journalists choose 3 players which they classify from 1st to 3rd, the first place is worth 4 points, the second place, 2 points and the third place, 1 point.

In 1930, a panel of 28 journalists voted to elect the Pallone d'Oro against 34 between 1938 and 1949 then 43 journalists in 1961.

Trophy[edit | edit source]

The Pallone d'Oro trophy is designed in Milan by the Italian jeweler Buccellati, and its value is estimated at $ 13,000

Winners[edit | edit source]

Year Position Player Team Points
Pallone d'Oro (1930-1961)
1930 Italy Giuseppe Meazza Italy Inter Milan 16
Austria Josef Smistik Austria Rapid Wien 5
Argentina Luis Monti Italy Juventus 4
1931 Italy Raimundo Orsi Italy Juventus 9
Italy Giuseppe Meazza Italy Inter Milan 7
Austria Anton Schall Austria Admira Wien 6
1932 Austria Matthias Sindelar Austria Austria Wien 9
Italy Raimundo Orsi Italy Juventus 8
Austria Anton Schall Austria Admira Wien 7
1933 Austria Matthias Sindelar Austria Austria Wien 11
Italy Giuseppe Meazza Italy Inter Milan 8
Spain Ricardo Zamora Spain Real Madrid 5
1934 Italy Giuseppe Meazza Italy Inter Milan 11
Austria Matthias Sindelar Austria Austria Wien 7
Spain Isidro Langara Spain Real Oviedo 4
1935 Hungary György Sarosi Hungary Ferencvaros 13
Austria Matthias Sindelar Austria Austria Wien 12
Germany Ernst Kuzorra Germany Schalke 04 3
1936 Italy Giuseppe Meazza Italy Inter Milan 13
Hungary György Sarosi Hungary Ferencvaros 11
Czechoslovakia Oldrich Nejedly Czechoslovakia Sparta Praha 3
1937 Hungary György Sarosi Hungary Ferencvaros 10
Argentina Antonio Sastre Argentina Independiente 6
Paraguay Arsenio Erico Argentina Independiente 5
1938 Hungary György Sarosi Hungary Ferencvaros 9
Italy Giuseppe Meazza Italy Inter Milan 7
Czechoslovakia Josef Bican Czechoslovakia Slavia Praha 6
1939 Hungary Gyula Zsengeller Hungary Ujpest 12
England Tommy Lawton England Everton 8
Paraguay Arsenio Erico Argentina Independiente 5
1940 Brazil Leonidas Brazil Flamengo 9
Czechoslovakia Josef Bican Czechoslovakia Slavia Praha 7
Romania Iuliu Baratky Romania Rapid Bucarest 5
1941 Argentina José Manuel Moreno Argentina River Plate 13
Argentina Antonio Sastre Argentina Independiente 7
Hungary György Sarosi Hungary Ferencvaros 5
1942 ArgentinaJosé Manuel Moreno ArgentinaRiver Plate 12
Argentina Adolfo Pedernera ArgentinaRiver Plate 11
Czechoslovakia Josef Bican Czechoslovakia Slavia Praha 4
1947 Italy Valentino Mazzola Italy Torino FC 75
Argentina Alfredo Di Stefano Argentina River Plate 44
England Stanley Matthews England Stoke City 43
1948 Hungary Ferenc Puskas Hungary Budapest Honved 69
Brazil Danilo Alvim Brazil Vasco de Gama 59
Italy Valentino Mazzola Italy Torino FC 41
1949 Hungary Ferenc Puskas Hungary Budapest Honved 50
Brazil Zizinho Brazil Flamengo 49
Hungary Ferenc Deak Hungary Ferencvaros 43
1950 Hungary Ferenc Puskas Hungary Budapest Honved 58
Brazil Ademir de Menezes Brazil Vasco de Gama 31
Brazil Zizinho Brazil Flamengo
1951 Sweden Nils Liedholm Italy AC Milan 55
Austria Ernst Ocwirk Austria Austria Wien 53
Sweden Gunnar Nordahl Italy AC Milan 38
1952 Hungary Sandor Kocsis Hungary Budapest Honved 54
Hungary Ferenc Puskas Hungary Budapest Honved 47
Hungary Jozsef Bozsik Hungary Budapest Honved 42
1953 Hungary Ferenc Puskas Hungary Budapest Honved 61
France Raymond Kopa France Stade de Reims 46
Hungary Nandor Hidegkuti Hungary MTK Budapest 37
1954 Hungary Sandor Kocsis Hungary Budapest Honved 69
West Germany Fritz Walter West Germany Kaiserlautern 32
Hungary Ferenc Puskas Hungary Budapest Honved 30
1955 France Raymond Kopa France Stade de Reims 60
Hungary Jozsef Bozsik Hungary Budapest Honved 50
Argentina Alfredo Di Stefano Spain Real Madrid 38
1956 Argentina Alfredo Di Stefano Spain Real Madrid 63
Uruguay Juan Schiaffino Italy AC Milan 60
France Raymond Kopa France Stade de Reims 45
1957 Argentina Alfredo Di Stefano Spain Real Madrid 70
Brazil Didi Brazil Botafogo 55
Brazil Julinho Italy Fiorentina 48
1958 France Raymond Kopa Spain Real Madrid 70
Brazil Didi Brazil Botafogo 59
Brazil Pelé Brazil Santos 39
1959 Argentina Alfredo Di Stefano Spain Real Madrid 77
France Raymond Kopa Spain Real Madrid 52
Brazil Pelé Brazil Santos 50
1960 Spain Luis Suarez Spain FC Barcelona 65
Hungary Ferenc Puskas Spain Real Madrid 59
Soviet Union Lev Yashin Soviet Union Dynamo Moscow 58
1961 Brazil Pelé Brazil Santos 81
Argentina Omar Sivori Italy Juventus 60
Brazil Garrincha Brazil Botafogo 42
1962 Brazil Garrincha Brazil Botafogo 65
United Kingdom Duncan Edwards United Kingdom Wolverhampton Wanderers 61
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Dragoslav Sekularac Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Red Star Belgrade 33
1963 Soviet Union Lev Yashin Soviet Union Dynamo Moscow 50
Brazil Pelé Brazil Santos 46
West Germany Uwe Seeler West Germany Hamburg SV 26

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