Golden Ball Finalists between men and women will be announced this Friday – Prime Time Zone

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The list with the 30 names that may receive the traditional trophy, which was not delivered last year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, was drawn up based on the votes of 180 journalists from all over the planet.

Yoan Valat / EFEMessi won the Golden Ball six times

To magazine “France Football” informed that this Friday, 8, the finalists of the award will be announced. Gold ball, which will be delivered on November 29, with the recognition of the best football players in the world among men. The list with the 30 names that may receive the traditional trophy, which was not delivered last year due to the pandemic of Covid-19, was created from the votes of 180 journalists from all over the planet. The last to receive the award in the men’s category was the Argentine striker Lionel Messi, one of this year’s favorites and the biggest winner, winning six editions. Two other names on the rise are Polish Robert Lewandowski, from Bayern Munich, and the Italian naturalized Brazilian Jorginho, from Chelsea. Among women, the dispute will be reduced to 20 finalists, who will be appointed by 50 journalists. The women’s Golden Ball was only delivered once, almost two years ago, the American Megan Rapinoe, which defends the OL Reign, of the United States.

Check out all the Golden Ball champions:

1956: Stanley Matthews (Inglaterra)
1957: Alfredo Di Stéfano (Argentina)
1958: Raymond Kopa (France)
1959: Alfredo Di Stéfano (Spain)
1960: Luis Suárez (Spain)
1961: Omar Sivori (Italy)
1962: Josef Masopust (Czech Republic)
1963: Lev Yashin (URSS)
1964: Denis Law (Scotland)
1965: Eusébio (Portugal)
1966: Bobby Charlton (Inglaterra)
1967: Albert Flórián (Hungary)
1968: George Best (Northern Ireland)
1969: Gianni Rivera (Italy)
1970: Gerd Muller (Germany)
1971: Johan Cruyff (Netherlands)
1972: Franz Beckenbauer (Germany)
1973: Johan Cruyff (Netherlands)
1974: Johan Cruyff (Netherlands)
1975: Oleg Blokhin (URSS)
1976: Franz Beckenbauer (Germany)
1977: Allan Simonsen (Denmark)
1978: Kevin Keegan (Inglaterra)
1979: Kevin Keegan (Inglaterra)
1980: Karl-Heinz Rummenigge (Alemanha)
1981: Karl-Heinz Rummenigge (Alemanha)
1982: Paolo Rossi (Italy)
1983: Michel Platini (France)
1984: Michel Platini (France)
1985: Michel Platini (France)
1986: Igor Belanov (USSR)
1987: Ruud Gullit (Netherlands)
1988: Marco van Basten (Holland)
1989: Marco van Basten (Holland)
1990: Lothar Matthäus (Alemanha)
1991: Jean-Pierre Papin (França)
1992: Marco van Basten (Holland)
1993: Roberto Baggio (Italy)
1994: Hristo Stoichkov (Bulgaria)
1995: George Weah (Liberia)
1996: Matthias Sammer (Germany)
1997: Ronaldo (Brazil)
1998: Zinedine Zidane (France)
1999: Rivaldo (Brazil)
2000: Luís Felipe Figo (Portugal)
2001: Michael Owen (Inglaterra)
2002: Ronaldo (Brazil)
2003: Pavel Nedved (Czech Republic)
2004: Andriy Shevchenko (Ucrânia)
2005: Ronaldinho Gaucho (Brazil)
2006: Fabio Cannavaro (Italy)
2007: Kaka (Brazil)
2008: Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal)
2009: Lionel Messi (Argentina)
2010: Lionel Messi (Argentina)
2011: Lionel Messi (Argentina)
2012: Lionel Messi (Argentina)
2013: Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal)
2014: Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal)
2015: Lionel Messi (Argentina)
2016: Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal)
2017: Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal)
2018: Luka Modric (Croatia)
2019: Lionel Messi (Argentina)
2020: award canceled