Quiz! Can you name every Ballon d'Or winner to have also won the World Cup?

Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona holds up the FIFA Ballon d'Or trophy prior to the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Athletic Club de Bilbao at Camp Nou on January 17, 2016 in Barcelona, Spain.
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You have 10 minutes to tell us whether 44 Ballon d'Or winners also won the World Cup.

Remember to tweet your scores @FourFourTwo (opens in new tab), and challenge some friends while you're at it.

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The Ballon d'Or is supposed to be awarded to the best player in the world but often, your form over the past year can decide who wins the gong. 

If you've had a solid year and won a major trophy or two, you're far more likely to win the Ballon d'Or – which begs the question: whose World Cup performances have earned them places on the podium? 

In recent years, big stars of the summer have earned BDO shouts. In 2018, Antoine Griezmann got a top-three finish for winning the World Cup with France and Europa League with Atletico Madrid. Four years prior, it was Manuel Neuer while in 2010, Xavi and Andres Iniesta both got onto the podium for their World Cup-winning heroics. 

None of these players ever won the award. We're going to show you every man who ever has, though – and we just want you to tell us if they also won the World Cup. Only 11 ever have…


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Mark White
Staff Writer

Mark White has been a staff writer on FourFourTwo since joining in January 2020, writing pieces for both online and the magazine. An encyclopedia of football shirts and boots knowledge – both past and present – Mark has also been to the FA Cup and League Cup finals for FFT and has written pieces for the mag ranging on subjects from Bobby Robson's season at Barcelona to Robinho's career. He once saw Tyrone Mings at a petrol station in Bournemouth but felt far too short to ask for a photo.