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FIFA World Cup Finals Tournaments 1930 to 2018 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 the vote receive the Silver Ball and Bronze Ball awards as the second and third most outstanding players in the tournament respectively.

Year & Venue Player Nation Club Nation Goals
1930 Uruguay Guillermo Stábile

Uruguay Football

Huracán

Argentina Football

8
1934 Italy Oldřich Nejedlý

Czech Football

AC Sparta Praha

Czech Football

5
1938 France Leônidas da Silva

Brazil Football

Flamengo

Brazil Football

7
1950 Brazil Ademir

Brazil Football

Vasco da Gama

Brazil Football

8
1954 Switzerland Sándor Kocsis

Hungary Football

Budapesti Honvéd SE

Hungary Football

11
1958 Sweden Just Fontaine

France Football

Stade de Reims

France Football

13
1962 Chile Flórián Albert

Hungary Football

Ferencvárosi TC

Hungary Football

4
Valentin Ivanov

Soviet Union Football

Torpedo Moscow

Soviet Union Football

Garrincha

Brazil Football

Botafogo

Brazil Football

Vavá

Brazil Football

Palmeiras

Brazil Football

Dražan Jerković

Yugoslavia Football

Dinamo Zagreb

Yugoslavia Football

Leonel Sánchez

Chile Football

Universidad de Chile

Chile Football

1966 England Eusébio

Portugal Football

SL Benfica

Portugal Football

9
1970 Mexico Gerd Müller

Germany Football

Bayern Munich

Germany Football

10
1974 West Germany Grzegorz Lato

Poland Football

Stal Mielec

Poland Football

7
1978 Argentina Mario Kempes

Argentina Football

Valencia

Spain Football

6
1982 Spain Paolo Rossi

Italy Football

Juventus

Italy Football

6
1986 Mexico Gary Lineker

England Football

Everton

England Football

6
1990 Italy Salvatore Schillaci

Italy Football

Juventus

Italy Football

6
1994 United States Oleg Salenko

Russia Football

Logroñés

Spain Football

6
Hristo Stoichkov

Bulgaria Football

Barcelona

Spain Football

1998 France Davor Šuker

croatia football

Real Madrid

Spain Football

6
2002 South Korea/Japan Ronaldo

Brazil Football

Inter Milan

Italy Football

8
2006 Germany Miroslav Klose

Germany Football

Werder Bremen

Germany Football

5
2010 South Africa Thomas Müller

Germany Football

Bayern Munich

Germany Football

5
2014 Brazil James Rodriguez

Colombia Football

AS Monaco

France Football

6
2018 Russia Harry Kane

England Football

Tottenham Hotspur

England Football

6
2022 Qatar

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