It’s no more news that the 2019 Ballon d’Or ceremony is set to hold in a few hours from now, where the winner of the prestigious award for the year will be showcased to the footballing world.
The likes of Liverpool’s Virgil Van Dijk, Barcelona’s Lionel Messi, Juventus’ Cristiano Ronaldo, and Liverpool’s Mohammed Salah are in the running for the award this year. However, while the Liverpool duo that has been aforementioned here are yet to win the award, it must be noted that Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have 5 each.
As the event draws closer, here are the top 3 European clubs that have the most Ballon d’Or Winners. The list is arranged from lowest to highest. Reference was made from the Statesman.
3. AC Milan (8 wins)
The Serie A giants have their prestige going for them as they are third on this list. They’ve produced 8 winners of the prestigious award. One of their players, Marco Van Basten, won it thrice whilst the rest helped themselves to one each.
- Marco Van Basten: 3 (1988, 1989, 1992)
- Kaka: 1 (2007)
- Andriy Shevchenko: 1 (2004)
- George Weah: 1 (1995)
- Ruud Gullit: 1 (19879
- Gianni Rivera: 1 (1969)
2. Real Madrid (11 wins)
The Los Blancos have won the award 11 times. However, their position on this list is under threat as a perennial rival Barcelona could be set to overtake them with the help of Lionel Messi. Barcelona have overtaken Real Madrid as Lionel Messi emerged winner of the 2019 Ballon d’Or award.
Cristiano Ronaldo can account for 4 of the awards during his time at Real Madrid before moving to Juventus. Alfredo Di Stefano also won it twice.
- Cristiano Ronaldo: 4 (2013, 2014, 2016, 2017)
- Alfredo Di Stefano: 2 (1957,1959)
- Luka Modric: 1 (2018)
- Fabio Cannavaro: 1 (2006)
- Ronaldo: 1 (2002)
- Figo: 1 (2000)
- Raymond Kopa: 1 (1958)
1. Barcelona (12 wins)
The Spanish club is another giant in this train of top 3 clubs with the most Ballon d’Or winners. They’ve produced 12 winners of the prestigious award over the years.
Lionel Messi has 6 out the 12 to his name thus far and he could go on to account for 50% of the number if he emerges victoriously today, pushing Barcelona to number 1 on the list. Meanwhile, Barca legend Johan Cruyff has two to his name. Well, Lionel Messi has pushed Barcelona to number one on the list after winning the award in 2019.
- Lionel Messi: 5 (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2019)
- Johan Cruyff: 2 (1973, 1974)
- Luis Suarez: 1 (1960)
- Rivaldo: 1 (1999)
- Hristo Stoichkov: 1 (1994)
- Ronaldinho: 1 (2005)