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Annual football award presented by French news magazine France Football that is one of the oldest and generally regarded as the most prestigious individual award for football players. Wikipedia
Argentinian footballer Lionel Messi, regarded by many as one of the greatest players of all time, has received six Ballon d'Or awards, the most for any football player, as well as the 2009 FIFA World Player of the Year and 2019 The Best FIFA Men's Player. Player with the most official recorded assists in football history (304). Wikipedia
Association football award presented annually by the sport's governing body, FIFA, between 1991 and 2015. Coaches and captains of international teams and media representatives selected the player they deem to have performed the best in the previous calendar year. Wikipedia
Over the course of his career, Portuguese footballer Cristiano Ronaldo has received five Ballon d'Or awards, the most for a European player. Widely regarded as one of the greatest players of all time, Ronaldo holds the record for most goals in the UEFA Champions League (134), the UEFA European Championship (9), its qualification stage (31), and the FIFA Club World Cup (7), as well as most goals scored in a UEFA Champions League season (17). Wikipedia
Organization that chronicles the history and records of association football. Founded on 27 March 1984 in Leipzig by Alfredo Pöge with the blessings of general secretary of the FIFA at the time, Helmut Käser. Wikipedia
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- More players have won the coveted Ballon d'Or award while playing at a Serie A club than any league in the world other than Spain's La Liga, although Spain's La Liga has the highest total number of Ballon d'Or winners.
- At the end of the year, the national team played Liechtenstein as a commemoration of the recently deceased Flórián Albert, the only Hungarian football player to win the Ballon d'Or.
- Portugal's first participation in a major tournament finals was at the 1966 World Cup, which saw a team featuring Ballon d'Or winner Eusébio finish in third place.
- Stoichkov is the most successful Bulgarian player of all time; he was awarded the Golden Boot and the Golden Ball and was considered one of the best in the world while playing for FC Barcelona in the 1990s.
- In 1956, Stanley Matthews was the inaugural recipient of the Ballon d'Or.
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