Quiz! Can you name the 37 players to finish in the Ballon d’Or top three from 1995 to 2018?
Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk stands as current favourite for the 2019 Ballon d'Or, having helped the Reds to their best-ever league points tally and a Champions League title. But it's not all tied up yet (there are six more months to go, after all), and there's a chance an outsider could even land the prize – one FFT writer even thinks Manchester City's Bernardo Silva could be in with a shout.
The Ballon d’Or has grown to become the most prestigious individual award in football. Not bad for a gong that, before 1995, was just for the best European player and whose title – if we recall our French lessons – is the 'Balloon of Orbs'. Strange name for a football award, really, but still better than FIFA’s ludicrous ‘The Best’.
Anyway, since 1995 and the Ballon d’Or going all international, it’s become the de facto seal of approval for the world’s best footballer in the past year. This month, it’s been in the news lots with a new winner announced – plus the man who finished in top spot in 2007 retiring from the game.
So a perfect time to update this classic and test you on the past 24 winners, plus 48 players who’ve finished second and third. Don’t panic at the intimidating total of 72, however - there’s naturally several repeat entries (especially recently). It’s only actually 37 players you need to get.
Now, eight minutes are on the clock and we’d love to know your score @FourFourTwo. Please put your golden balls on the line by challenging some friends too – surely they can’t top your mighty score. Good luck!