The ​Ballon d'Or is widely considered by many to be the most prestigious individual award in football with every footballer looking to win award and be hailed as the best in the world.


Croatia and Real Madrid midfielder, ​Luka Modric won the honour last year, breaking the decade long grip on the award by ​Lionel Messi and ​Cristiano Ronaldo. However, this year he is has failed to even make the 30-man short list, with many calling Messi and Liverpool defender, ​Virgil van Dijk as the favourite to win the award.


Meanwhile, Ada Hegerberg won the first-ever women’s Ballon d’Or award last year and features on the shortlist once again. The Norwegian did not play at the World Cup this summer, making it unlikely she will retain the gong, with USA's Megan Rapinoe the bookmakers favourite to land the award.



Normally, no one remembers who made it to the top 15 list of the best footballers in the world but ahead of the ​awards gala tonight, we'd like to take the chance to show to you who actually has made the top 15 list of this prestigious award since the year 2005.....


2005:

  1. Ronaldinho
  2. Frank Lampard
  3. Steven Gerarrd
  4. Thierry Henry
  5. Andriy Shevchenko
  6. Paolo Maldini
  7. Adriano
  8. Zlatan Ibrahimovic
  9. Kaka
  10. Samuel Eto'o
  11. John Terry
  12. Juninho
  13. Claude Makelele
  14. Juan Roman Riquelme
  15. Petr Cech

2006:

  1. Fabio Cannavaro
  2. Gianluigi Buffon
  3. Thierry Henry
  4. Ronaldinho
  5. Zinedine Zidane
  6. Samuel Eto'o
  7. Miroslav Klose
  8. Didier Drogba
  9. Andrea Pirlo
  10. Jens Lehmann
  11. Deco
  12. Kaka
  13. Franck Ribery/Gattuso
  14. Patrick Vieira
  15. Cristiano Ronaldo


2007:

  1. Kaka
  2. Cristiano Ronaldo
  3. Lionel Messi
  4. Didier Drogba
  5. Andrea Pirlo
  6. Ruud Van Nistelrooy
  7. Zlatan Ibrahimovic
  8. Cesc Fabregas
  9. Robinho
  10. Francesco Totti
  11. Frederic Kanoute
  12. Ronaldinho
  13. Steven Gerrard
  14. Juan Roman Riquelme
  15. Dani Alves

2008:

  1. Cristiano Ronaldo
  2. Lionel Messi
  3. Fernando Torres
  4. Iker Casillas
  5. Xavi
  6. Andrey Arshavin
  7. David Villa
  8. Kaka
  9. Zlatan Ibrahimovic
  10. Steven Gerrard
  11. Marcos Senna
  12. Emmanuel Adebayor
  13. Wayne Rooney
  14. Sergio Aguero
  15. Frank Lampard


2009:

  1. Lionel Messi
  2. Cristiano Ronaldo
  3. Xavi
  4. Andres Iniesta
  5. Samuel Eto'o
  6. Kaka
  7. Zlatan Ibrahimovic
  8. Wayne Rooney
  9. Steven Gerrard
  10. Didier Drogba
  11. Fernando Torres
  12. Cesc Febregas
  13. Edin Dzeko
  14. Ryan Giggs
  15. Thierry Henry

2010:

  1. Lionel Messi
  2. Andres Iniesta
  3. Xavi
  4. Wesley Sneijder
  5. Diego Forlan
  6. Cristiano Ronaldo
  7. Iker Casillas
  8. David Villa
  9. Didier Drogba
  10. Xabi Alonso
  11. Carles Puyol
  12. Samuel Eto'o
  13. Mesut Ozil
  14. Arjen Robben
  15. Thomas Muller


2011:

  1. Lionel Messi
  2. Cristiano Ronaldo
  3. Xavi
  4. Andres Iniesta
  5. Wayne Rooney
  6. Luis Suarez
  7. Diego Forlan
  8. Samuel Eto'o
  9. Iker Casillas
  10. Neymar
  11. Mesut Ozil
  12. Wesley Sneijder
  13. Thomas Muller
  14. David Villa
  15. Bastian Schweinsteiger


2012:

  1. Lionel Messi
  2. Cristiano Ronaldo
  3. Andres Iniesta
  4. Xavi
  5. Radamel Falcao
  6. Iker Casillas
  7. Andrea Pirlo
  8. Didier Drogba
  9. Robin van Persie
  10. Zlatan Ibrahimovic
  11. Xabi Alonso
  12. Yaya Toure
  13. Neymar
  14. Mesut Ozil
  15. Wayne Rooney


2013:

  1. Cristiano Ronaldo
  2. Lionel Messi
  3. Franck Ribery
  4. Zlatan Ibrahimovic
  5. Neymar
  6. Andres Iniesta
  7. Robin Van Persie
  8. Arjen Robben
  9. Gareth Bale
  10. Andrea Pirlo
  11. Radamel Falcao
  12. Yaya Toure
  13. Robert Lewandowski
  14. Phillip Lahm
  15. Xavi

2014:

  1. Cristiano Ronaldo
  2. Lionel Messi
  3. Manuel Neuer
  4. Arjen Robben
  5. Thomas Muller
  6. Philipp Lahm
  7. Neymar
  8. James Rodriguez
  9. Toni Kroos
  10. Angel Di Maria
  11. Diego Costa
  12. Gareth Bale
  13. Zlatan Ibrahimovic
  14. Yaya Toure
  15. Mario Gotze


2015:

  1. Lionel Messi
  2. Cristiano Ronaldo
  3. Neymar
  4. Robert Lewandowski
  5. Luis Suarez
  6. Thomas Muller
  7. Manuel Neuer
  8. Eden Hazard
  9. Andres Iniesta
  10. Alexis Sanchez
  11. Zlatan Ibrahimovic
  12. Yaya Toure
  13. Sergio Aguero
  14. Javier Mascherano
  15. Paul Pogba

2016:

1. Cristiano Ronaldo

2. Lionel Messi

3. Antoine Greizmann

4. Luis Suarez

5. Neymar

6. Gareth Bale

7. Riyad Mahrez

8. Jamie Vardy

9. Gianluigi Buffon

10. Pepe

11. Pierre Emerick Aubameyang

12. Rui Patricio

13. Zlatan Ibrahimovic

14. Paul Pogba

15. Arturo Vidal


2017:

1. Cristiano Ronaldo

2. Lionel Messi

3. Neymar

4. Gianluigi Buffon

5. Luka Modric

6. Sergio Ramos

7. Kylian Mbappe

8. N'Golo Kante

9. Robert Lewandowski

10. Harry Kane

11. Edinson Cavani

12. Isco

13. Luis Suarez

14. Kevin de Bruyne

15. Paulo Dybala


2018:

1. Luka Modric

2. Cristiano Ronaldo

3. Antoine Griezmann

4. Kylian Mbappe

5. Lionel Messi

6. Mohamed Salah

7. Raphael Varane

8. Eden Hazard

9. Kevin de Bruyne

10. Harry Kane

11. N'Golo Kante

12. Neymar

13. Luis Suarez

14. Thibaut Courtois

15. Paul Pogba


Nominee info courtesy - ​Wikipedia