Players, Teams And Managers Awards

The Golden Ball

The Golden Ball


A Brief History Of The Golden Ball

The Golden Ball award is presented to the most valuable player at each FIFA World Cup finals, with a shortlist drawn up by the FIFA technical committee and the winner voted for by representatives of the media. Those who finish as runners-up in media voting receive the adidas Silver Ball and Bronze Ball awards as the 2nd and 3rd most outstanding players in the tournament respectively.
Previous Winners Of The Golden Ball

Year / Hosts
2010 South Africa
2006 Germany
2002 Korea/Japan
1998 France
1994 USA
1990 Italy
1986 Mexico
1982 Spain
Golden Ball
Diego Forlán
Zinedine Zidane
Oliver Kahn
Ronaldo
Romário
Salvatore Schillaci
Diego Maradona
Paolo Rossi
Silver Ball
Wesley Sneijder
Fabio Cannavaro
Ronaldo
Davor Šuker
Roberto Baggio
Lothar Matthäus
Harald Schumacher
Falcão
Bronze Ball
David Villa
Andrea Pirlo
Hong Myung-Bo
Lilian Thuram
Hristo Stoichkov
Diego Maradona
Preben Elkjær
Karl-Heinz Rummenigge