The FIFA World Player of the Year was an association football award presented annually, here’s the list of FIFA player of the year awards.
List of the FIFA Player of the year, have a look.
In terms of individual players, Brazil again led with five, followed by Italy and Portugal with two each.
The youngest winner was Ronaldo, who won at 20 years old in 1996, and the oldest winner was Fabio Cannavaro, who won aged 33 in 2006.
Ronaldo and Zinedine Zidane each won the award three times, while Ronaldo and Ronaldinho were the only players to win in successive years.
From 2010 to 2015, the equivalent men’s award was the FIFA Ballon d’Or, following a merging of the FIFA World Player of the Year and the France Football Ballon d’Or awards.
Since 2016, the awards have been replaced by The Best FIFA Men’s Player and The Best FIFA Women’s Player awards.
During the men’s era, Brazilian players won 8 out of 19 years, compared to three wins – the second most – for French players. In terms of individual players, Brazil again led with five, followed by Italy and Portugal with two each.
Eight women’s footballers – three Germans, three Americans, one Brazilian, and one Japanese – have won the award.
Marta, the youngest recipient at age 20 in 2006, has won five successive awards, the most of any player. Birgit Prinz won three times in a row and Mia Hamm won twice in a row.
The oldest winner is Nadine Angerer, who was 35 when she won in 2013; she is also the only goalkeeper of either sex to win.
Here’s the list of FIFA player of the year award :
The winners are chosen by the coaches and captains of national teams as well as by international media representatives invited by FIFA.
In a voting system based on positional voting, each voter is allotted three votes, worth five points, three points and one point, and the three finalists are ordered based on total number of points.
Following criticism from some sections of the media over nominations in previous years, FIFA has since 2004 provided shortlists from which its voters can select their choices.
Since 2004 the voting process is based on a shortlist of 35 players produced by FIFA, from which team captains, national team managers and select journalists vote for the winner.
From 2010 until 2015, the FIFA player of the year award was merged with the Ballon d’Or and called the FIFA Ballon d’Or. Compare this list to the player of the year according to World Soccer magazine, and also the female player of the year.
Including the FIFA Ballon d’Or (years 2010-2015), Lionel Messi has won the award six times, with Cristiano Ronaldo having won it five times.