The oldest Ballon d'Or winners to lift the award for the first time

Luka Modric, oldest Ballon d'Or winners
Luka Modric is among the oldest Ballon d'Or winners (Image credit: PA Images)

Who are the oldest Ballon d'Or winners ever? Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo's duopoly over the award over the last 15 years – including their impressive haul on the wrong side of 30 – has slightly skewed that question.

So instead, we've dug up the oldest Ballon d'Or winners to lift it for the first time. All of these fellas were crowned the world's best (or previously, Europe's best) after they'd blown out 30 candles on their birthday cakes.

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