World Class Players

Frank Lampard

Thierry Henry


David Beckham

Cristiano Ronaldo

Steven Gerrard

Andriy Shevchenko

Ruud van Nistelrooy

Wayne Rooney

John Terry

Fernando Torres

Paolo Maldini

Michael Ballack

Miroslav Klose



Michael Owen

Zinedine Zidane

Diego Maradona

Gheorghe Hagi

Fabio Cannavaro

Franz Beckenbauer

Johan Cruijff

Michel Platini

Roberto Baggio

Francesco Totti

Ryan Giggs

Park Ji-Sung


George Best

Bobby Moore

Samuel Eto'o

Luís Figo

Cesc Fŕbregas

Eric Cantona

Stanley Matthews

Lionel Messi

George Weah


Gianfranco Zola

Didier Drogba

World Cup Football

FIFA World Cup awards

At the end of each FIFA World Cup final tournament, several awards are attributed to the players and teams which have distinguished from the rest, in different aspects of the game.

There are currently six awards:

  • The Golden Ball (currently commercially termed "adidas Golden Ball") for best player;
  • The Golden Shoe (also known as the Golden Boot, since 1982 commercially termed "adidas Golden Shoe") was first awarded in 1930 for top goal scorer;
  • The Yashin Award for best goalkeeper (first awarded in 1994);
  • The Best Young Player (currently commercially termed as "Gillette Best Young Player") award for best player under 21 years of age at the start of the calendar year, first awarded in 2006.
  • The FIFA Fair Play Trophy for the team with the best record of fair play (first awarded in 1970);
  • The Most Entertaining Team award for the team that has entertained the public the most, during the World Cup final tournament, as determined by a poll of the general public, first awarded in 1994;

An All-Star Team (currently commercially termed "Mastercard All-Star Team") comprising of the best players of the tournament, is also announced for each tournament since 1990.

Golden Ball

The Golden Ball award is presented to the best 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.

World Cup Golden Ball Silver Ball Bronze Ball
1930 Uruguay  Jose Nasazzi  Guillermo Stábile  José Leandro Andrade
1934 Italy  Giuseppe Meazza  Ricardo Zamora  Oldřich Nejedlý
1938 France  Leônidas  Silvio Piola  György Sárosi
1950 Brazil  Zizinho[1]  Juan Schiaffino  Ademir
1954 Switzerland  Ferenc Puskás  Sándor Kocsis  Fritz Walter [2]
1958 Sweden Didi  Pelé [3]  Raymond Kopa
1962 Chile  Garrincha[2]  Josef Masopust  Leonel Sánchez
1966 England  Bobby Charlton  Bobby Moore  Eusébio
1970 Mexico  Pelé  Gérson  Bobby Moore
1974 West Germany  Johan Cruijff  Franz Beckenbauer  Kazimierz Deyna
1978 Argentina  Mario Kempes  Paolo Rossi  Dirceu

This Award was first awarded in 1982.

World Cup Golden Ball Silver Ball Bronze Ball
1982 Spain  Paolo Rossi  Falcăo  Karl-Heinz Rummenigge
1986 Mexico  Diego Maradona  Harald Schumacher  Preben Elkjćr
1990 Italy  Salvatore Schillaci  Lothar Matthäus  Diego Maradona
1994 USA  Romário  Roberto Baggio Bulgaria Hristo Stoichkov
1998 France  Ronaldo  Davor Šuker  Lilian Thuram
2002 Korea/Japan  Oliver Kahn  Ronaldo  Hong Myung-Bo
2006 Germany  Zinedine Zidane  Fabio Cannavaro  Andrea Pirlo

Golden Shoe

The Golden Shoe Award goes to the top goalscorer of the FIFA World Cup.

The award was introduced at the 1930 World Cup. The 1994 World Cup in the United States was the first time that Silver and Bronze boots awards were added to reward the second and third top scorers in the tournament.[3] Since 1994, if there is more than one player with the same amount of goals, the tie-breaker goes to the player who has contributed the most assists (with the FIFA Technical Study Group deciding whether an assist is to be counted as such). If there is still more than one player, the tie-breaker goes to the player who has played the least amount of time.

World Cup Top Goalscorer Goals
1930 Uruguay  Guillermo Stábile 8
1934 Italy  Oldřich Nejedlý 5(1)
1938 France  Leônidas da Silva 7(2)
1950 Brazil  Ademir 9(3)
1954 Switzerland  Sándor Kocsis 11
1958 Sweden  Just Fontaine 13
1962 Chile  Garrincha
 Leonel Sánchez
 Dražan Jerković
 Valentin Ivanov
 Flórián Albert


World Cup Golden Shoe Award Goals
1966 England  Eusébio 9
1970 Mexico  Gerd Müller 10
1974 West Germany  Grzegorz Lato 7
1978 Argentina  Mario Kempes 6
  • Silver and bronze shoes have been awarded since 1982.
World Cup Golden Shoe Goals Silver Shoe Goals Bronze Shoe Goals
1982 Spain  Paolo Rossi 6  Karl-Heinz Rummenigge 5  Zico 4
1986 Mexico  Gary Lineker 6  Diego Maradona
 Emilio Butragueńo
5  Jorge Valdano
 Preben Elkjaer Larsen
 Alessandro Altobelli
 Igor Belanov
1990 Italia  Salvatore Schillaci 6  TomᚠSkuhravý 5  Roger Milla
 Gary Lineker
 Lothar Matthäus
1994 USA  Hristo Stoichkov
 Oleg Salenko
6  Romário
 Jürgen Klinsmann
 Roberto Baggio
 Kennet Andersson
5 Gabriel Batistuta
Florin Răducioiu
Martin Dahlin
1998 France  Davor Šuker 6  Gabriel Batistuta
 Christian Vieri
5  Ronaldo
 Marcelo Salas
 Luis Hernández
2002 South Korea/Japan  Ronaldo 8  Rivaldo
 Miroslav Klose
5  Jon Dahl Tomasson
 Christian Vieri
2006 Germany  Miroslav Klose 5  Hernán Crespo 3  Ronaldo 3

Yashin Award

The Yashin Award for the Best Goalkeeper is named in honour of the late goalkeeper Lev Yashin (USSR). The FIFA Technical Study Group recognizes the top goalkeeper of the tournament based on the player’s performance throughout the final competition. Although goalkeepers have this specific award for their position, they are still eligible for the Golden Ball as well, as when Oliver Kahn was awarded in 2002. Although the Yashin was first awarded in 1994, every All-Star Team in World Cups prior to 1998 included only one goalkeeper:

World Cup Goalkeeper included in the All-Star Team
1930 Uruguay  Enrique Ballesteros
1934 Italy  Ricardo Zamora
1938 France  František Plánička
1950 Brazil  Roque Máspoli
1954 Switzerland  Gyula Grosics
1958 Sweden  Harry Gregg
1962 Chile  Viliam Schrojf
1966 England  Gordon Banks
1970 Mexico  Ladislao Mazurkiewicz
1974 West Germany  Jan Tomaszewski
1978 Argentina  Ubaldo Fillol
1982 Spain  Dino Zoff
1986 Mexico  Harald Schumacher
1990 Italy  Sergio Goycochea

The Yashin Award was first awarded in 1994

World Cup Yashin Award winner
1994 USA  Michel Preud'homme
1998 France  Fabien Barthez
2002 Korea/Japan  Oliver Kahn
2006 Germany  Gianluigi Buffon

Best Young Player Award

The Best Young Player award was awarded for the first time at the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany and given to Germany's Lukas Podolski[4]. The award is given to the best player in the tournament who is at most 21 years old. For the 2006 FIFA World Cup this meant that the player had to have been born on or after 1 January, 1985. The election took place on FIFA's official World Cup website with the help of The FIFA Technical Study Group.

FIFA organized a survey on the Internet for users to choose the "best young player" of the World Cup, between 1958 and 2002, named the best young player of each tournament.[5] With 61% of the overall vote, the winner was Pelé. "O Rei" (The King) finished ahead of the Peruvian Teofilo Cubillas, the best young player at Mexico 1970, and England’s Michael Owen, who reached similar heights at France 98. [6]

World Cup Young Player Age
1958 Sweden  Pelé 17
1962 Chile  Florian Albert 20
1966 England  Franz Beckenbauer 20
1970 Mexico  Teofilo Cubillas 21
1974 West Germany  Władysław Żmuda 20
1978 Argentina  Antonio Cabrini 20
1982 Spain  Manuel Amoros 21
1986 Mexico  Enzo Scifo 20
1990 Italy  Robert Prosinečki 21
1994 USA  Marc Overmars 21
1998 France  Michael Owen 18
2002 Korea/Japan  Landon Donovan 20

The Best Young Player Award was first awarded in 2006.

World Cup Best Young Player Award Age
2006 Germany  Lukas Podolski 21

FIFA Fair Play Trophy

The FIFA Fair Play Trophy is given to the team with the best record of fair play during the World Cup final tournament. Only teams that qualified for the second round are considered. The winners of this award earn the FIFA Fair Play Trophy, a diploma, a fair play medal for each player and official, and $50,000 worth of football equipment to be used for youth development.[7]

The Appearance of the award was originally a certificate but from 1982-1994 it had been a golden trophy based on Sport Billy, a well known football-playing cartoon character from 1982 who became an icon for FIFA Fair play. More recently it is simply a trophy with an elegant footballer figure.

World Cup FIFA Fair Play Trophy Winners
1970 Mexico  Peru
1978 Argentina  Argentina
1982 Spain  Brazil
1986 Mexico  Brazil
1990 Italy  England
1994 USA  Brazil
1998 France  England
2002 Korea/Japan  Belgium
2006 Germany  Brazil

Most Entertaining Team

The FIFA Award for the Most Entertaining Team is a fairly new accolade for the FIFA World Cup. It is a subjectively awarded prize for the team which has done the most to entertain the public with a positive approach to the game. The award is always organized through public participation in a poll. Recent awards have been determined by an Internet vote which may not fairly and accurately represent fan demographics.

World Cup Most Entertaining Team Award
1994 USA  Brazil
1998 France  France
2002 Korea/Japan  Korea Republic
2006 Germany  Portugal

All-Star Team

The All-Star Team, currently named after its current sponsor MasterCard All-Star Team, is a team of the best 23 players, chosen by FIFA's technical study group, from the World Cup Finals. The number of players was expanded from 11 to 16 at the 1998 finals, and then to the current 23. Before 1998, journalists and experts chose a "Dream Team" with outstanding players from each playing position. The teams were chosen mostly by European and South American journalists.

World Cup Goalkeepers Defenders Midfielders Forwards
1930 Uruguay  Enrique Ballesteros
 José Nasazzi
 Milutin Ivković
 Luis Monti
 Alvaro Gestido
 José Andrade
 Pedro Cea
 Héctor Castro
 Héctor Scarone
 Guillermo Stábile
 Bert Patenaude
1934 Italy  Ricardo Zamora
 Jacinto Quincoces
 Eraldo Monzeglio
 Luis Monti
 Attilio Ferraris
 Leonardo Cilaurren
 Giuseppe Meazza
 Raimundo Orsi
 Enrique Guaita
 Matthias Sindelar
 Oldřich Nejedlý
1938 France  František Plánička
 Pietro Rava
 Alfredo Foni
 Domingos da Guia
 Michele Andreolo
 Ugo Locatelli
 Silvio Piola
 Gino Colaussi
 György Sárosi
 Gyula Zsengellér
1950 Brazil  Roque Máspoli
 Erik Nilsson
 José Parra
 Víctor Rodríguez Andrade
 Obdulio Varela
 Alcides Ghiggia
 Juan Alberto Schiaffino
1954 Switzerland  Gyula Grosics
 Ernst Ocwirk
 Djalma Santos
 José Santamaría
 Fritz Walter
 József Bozsik
 Helmut Rahn
 Nándor Hidegkuti
 Ferenc Puskás
 Sándor Kocsis
 Zoltan Czibor
1958 Sweden  Harry Gregg
 Djalma Santos
 Nílton Santos
 Danny Blanchflower
 Just Fontaine
 Raymond Kopa
 Gunnar Gren
1962 Chile  Viliam Schrojf
 Djalma Santos
 Cesare Maldini
 Valeriy Voronin
 Karl-Heinz Schnellinger
 Josef Masopust
 Leonel Sánchez
1966 England  Gordon Banks
 George Cohen
 Bobby Moore
 Silvio Marzolini
 Franz Beckenbauer
 Mário Coluna
 Bobby Charlton
 Florian Albert
 Uwe Seeler
1970 Mexico  Ladislao Mazurkiewicz
 Carlos Alberto
 Atilio Ancheta
 Franz Beckenbauer
 Giacinto Facchetti
 Roberto Rivellino
 Bobby Charlton
 Gerd Müller
1974 West Germany  Sepp Maier
 Berti Vogts
 Ruud Krol
 Franz Beckenbauer
 Paul Breitner
 Elías Figueroa [8]
 Wolfgang Overath
 Kazimierz Deyna
 Johan Neeskens
 Rob Rensenbrink
 Johan Cruyff
 Grzegorz Lato
1978 Argentina  Ubaldo Fillol
 Berti Vogts
 Ruud Krol
 Daniel Passarella
 Alberto Tarantini
 Teofilo Cubillas
 Rob Rensenbrink
 Roberto Bettega
 Paolo Rossi
 Mario Kempes
1982 Spain  Dino Zoff
 Claudio Gentile
 Fulvio Collovati
 Zbigniew Boniek
 Michel Platini
 Paolo Rossi
 Karl-Heinz Rummenigge
1986 Mexico  Harald Schumacher
 Manuel Amoros
 Júlio César
 Jan Ceulemans
 Jean Tigana
 Michel Platini
 Diego Maradona
 Preben Elkjćr Larsen
 Emilio Butragueńo
 Gary Lineker
1990 Italy  Sergio Goycochea
 Luis Gabelo Conejo
 Andreas Brehme
 Paolo Maldini
 Franco Baresi
 Diego Maradona
 Lothar Matthäus
 Dragan Stojkovic
 Paul Gascoigne
 Salvatore Schillaci
 Roger Milla
 Jürgen Klinsmann
1994 USA  Michel Preud'homme
 Márcio Santos
 Paolo Maldini
 Krasimir Balakov
 Gheorghe Hagi
 Tomas Brolin
 Hristo Stoichkov
 Roberto Baggio
1998 France  Fabien Barthez
 José Luis Chilavert
 Roberto Carlos
 Marcel Desailly
 Lilian Thuram
 Frank de Boer
 Carlos Gamarra
 Michael Laudrup
 Zinedine Zidane
 Edgar Davids
 Davor Šuker
 Brian Laudrup
 Dennis Bergkamp
2002 Korea/Japan  Oliver Kahn
 Rüştü Reçber
 Roberto Carlos
 Sol Campbell
 Fernando Hierro
 Hong Myung-Bo
 Alpay Özalan
 Michael Ballack
 Claudio Reyna
 Yoo Sang-Chul
 Miroslav Klose
 El Hadji Diouf
 Hasan Şaş
2006 Germany  Gianluigi Buffon
 Jens Lehmann
 Roberto Ayala
 John Terry
 Lilian Thuram
 Philipp Lahm
 Fabio Cannavaro
 Gianluca Zambrotta
 Ricardo Carvalho
 Zé Roberto
 Patrick Vieira
 Zinedine Zidane
 Michael Ballack
 Andrea Pirlo
 Gennaro Gattuso
 Francesco Totti
 Luís Figo
 Hernán Crespo
 Thierry Henry
 Miroslav Klose
 Luca Toni

Only two players have been named in three separate All-Star teams: Franz Beckenbauer of West Germany, who was included in the 1966, 1970, and 1974 editions of the All-Star Team, and Djalma Santos in 1954, 1958 and 1962. 18 others have been named to two separate All-Star teams: Luis Monti (1930 and 1934; however, in 1930, he was representing Argentina while in 1934 he represented Italy); Garrincha (1958 and 1962); Pelé (1958 and 1970); Bobby Charlton (1966 and 1970); Teofilo Cubillas (1970 and 1978); Rob Rensenbrink (1974 and 1978); Berti Vogts (1974 and 1978); Paolo Rossi (1978 and 1982); Michel Platini (1982 and 1986); Diego Maradona (1986 and 1990); Paolo Maldini (1990 and 1994); Dunga (1994 and 1998); Roberto Carlos, Rivaldo, and Ronaldo (1998 and 2002); Lilian Thuram and Zinedine Zidane (1998 and 2006); Michael Ballack and Miroslav Klose (2002 and 2006).

Pelé is the only player to be named in All-Star teams 12 years apart (1958 and 1970).

Italy in 2006 and Uruguay in 1930 and 1950 and Germany in 2006 are the only teams to have had a player in every position on the All-Star Team.

With 7 players in 1930, Uruguay is the nation with most players on the same All-Star Team.

34 different Brazilian players were named in All-Star teams, Brazil is also the nation with most nominations with 42 nominees.

There are only two Asian players named in All-Star team. Hong Myung-Bo and Yoo Sang-Chul of Korea Republic. Both selected in 2002.


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