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From Lionel Messi to Cristiano Ronaldo: Who are the golden ball winners in FIFA Club World Cup?

5:29 AM WAT 07/02/2022
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Ronaldo, Messi & Lewandowski - All three of them have at least one golden ball in their kitty...

The 2021 FIFA Club World Cup has already kicked off on February 3, 2022 in UAE. UEFA Champions League winners Chelsea will begin their campaign on February 9 in the semifinal against the winners of the game between Al Jazira and Al Hilal.

Like all other editions, the golden ball award will be presented to the best player of the competition. The primary shortlist will be drawn up by the FIFA Technical Committee and the winner will be subsequently voted by media representatives. The runner-up and the second runner-up are presented with the silver and bronze ball awards respectively.

Cristiano Ronaldo has won the most number of individual awards (4) including one golden ball. Whereas Lionel Messi is the only player to have won two golden balls. Four Brazilians have won the golden ball awards, including midfield legend Kaka, the most by any nation. Meanwhile, Real Madrid and FC Barcelona are the two most successful clubs with four golden ball winners each.

Let us now take a look at the golden ball winners of the FIFA Club World Cup to date.

Player

Goals

Assists

Minutes Played

Edilson (Corinthians, 2000)

2

0

383

Rogerio Ceni (Sao Paulo, 2005)

1

0

180

Deco (Barcelona, 2006)

1

1

180

Kaka (AC Milan, 2007)

1

3

180

Wayne Rooney (Manchester United, 2008)

3

0

106

Lionel Messi (Barcelona, 2009)

2

0

157

Samuel Etoo (Inter Milan, 2010)

1

1

180

Lionel Messi (Barcelona, 2011)

2

0

157

Cassio (Corinthians, 2012)

0

0

2012

Franck Ribery (Bayern Munich, 2013)

1

0

162

Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid, 2014)

2

0

153

Luis Suarez (Barcelona, 2015)

5

0

180

Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid, 2016)

4

0

202

Luka Modric (Real Madrid, 2017)

0

1

180

Gareth Bale (Real Madrid, 2018)

3

0

150

Mohamed Salah (Liverpool, 2019)

0

1

210

Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich, 2020)

2

1

163