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FIFA World Cup Awards

At the end of each FIFA World Cup final tournament, several awards are presented to the players and teams which have distinguished themselves in various aspects of the game.


There are currently five post-tournament awards, and one given during the tournament:[1]

  • the Golden Ball (currently commercially termed "adidas Golden Ball") for best player, first awarded in 1982;
  • the Golden Boot (currently commercially termed "adidas Golden Boot", previously known as the "adidas Golden Shoe" from 1982 to 2006) for top goal scorer, first awarded in 1982;
  • the Golden Glove Award (currently commercially termed "adidas Golden Glove"; previously known as the "Lev Yashin Award" from 1994 to 2006) for best goalkeeper, first awarded in 1994;
  • the Best Young Player (currently commercially termed as "Hyundai Best Young Player") award for best player under 21 years of age at the start of the calendar year, first awarded in 2006;
  • the FIFA Fair Play Trophy for the team that advanced to the second round with the best record of fair play, first awarded in 1970;
  • the Man of the Match Award (currently commercially termed as "Budweiser Man of the Match") for outstanding performance during each game of the tournament, first awarded in 2002;
  • the Goal of the Tournament, as determined by a poll of the general public, first awarded in 2006;
  • the Most Entertaining Team award for the team that has entertained the public the most, during the World Cup final tournament, as determined by a poll of the general public.

One other awards was given between 1994 and 2006:[2]

  • an All-Star Team comprising the best players of the tournament chosen by the technical study group.

From 2010 onwards, all Dream Teams or statistical teams are unofficial, as reported by FIFA itself.

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. The current award was introduced in the 1982 FIFA World Cup, sponsored by Adidas and France Football.[3]

Official award

Trophies by country
Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
 Italy 2 2 1 5
 Brazil 2 2 0 4
 Argentina 2 0 1 3
 West Germany/Germany 1 3 1 5
 Croatia 1 1 0 2
 France 1 0 2 3
 Uruguay 1 0 0 1
 Netherlands 0 1 1 2
 Belgium 0 1 0 1
 Bulgaria 0 0 1 1
 Denmark 0 0 1 1
 South Korea 0 0 1 1
 Spain 0 0 1 1

Unofficial award

In July 1978, a panel of 23 international experts which consisted of critics, coaches, and former players each chose the five best players of the 1978 tournament.[5] Mario Kempes got the most votes as a result of the counting. FIFA website and RSSSF also mentioned Kempes as a Golden Ball winner.[6][7]

Unofficial Best Player
World Cup Winner Runner-up Third place
1978 Argentina Argentina Mario Kempes Italy Paolo Rossi Austria Hans Krankl
Brazil Dirceu

Notable former selections

Authoritative football historian and statistician Ejikeme Ikwunze, popularly called "Mr. Football", published a list of the best players in his book World Cup (1930-2010): A Statistical Summary,[8] and it gained the most attention among experts' selections about the best players until 1974. This work is part of the official FIFA library[9] and received public recognition from his former presidents Joao Havelange and Joseph Blatter.[10] Sports Illustrated and a writer Nick Holt also reported the same list.[11][12] A considerable number of other media including FIFA website agreed in several cases such as José Nasazzi,[13][14] Zizinho,[15] Didí,[16][17][18] Garrincha,[19][20][21] Pelé,[22][23] Johan Cruyff,[24] Franz Beckenbauer (Silver Ball),[25] Fritz Walter (Bronze Ball)[26] and György Sárosi (Bronze Ball).[27] The FIFA website lists Sándor Kocsis as the 1954 Golden Ball winner.[28]

France Football, the sponsor of Golden Ball and Ballon d'Or, selected the best player of the 1966 FIFA World Cup at that time with L'Équipe, and Bobby Charlton became the winner.[29] The FIFA website also seems to agree on Bobby Charlton winning the Golden Ball[30] and Eusébio winning the Bronze Ball.[31]

France Football-L'Équipe Best Player
World Cup Winner Runner-up Third place Fourth place
1966 England England Bobby Charlton Germany Franz Beckenbauer Portugal Eusébio Soviet Union Valery Voronin

Golden Boot

The Golden Boot or Golden Shoe Award goes to the top goalscorer of the FIFA World Cup. While every World Cup had a ranking of the goalscorers, the first time an award was given was in 1982,[4] under the name Golden Shoe.[3] It was rechristened Golden Boot in 2010.[32] FIFA sometimes lists the top goalscorers of previous Cups among the Golden Boot winners.[33]

If there is more than one player with the same number of goals, since 1994 the tie-breaker goes to the player with fewer goals scored from penalties, then next tie breaker goes to the person with more assists - with the FIFA Technical Study Group deciding whether an assist is to be counted as such.[34][35] If there is still more than one player, the tie-breaker since 2006 goes to the player who has played the least amount of time, which translates to a higher goal average.[36]

Top Goalscorer[37][38]
World Cup Top goalscorer Goals Runners-up Goals Third place Goals
1930 Uruguay Argentina Guillermo Stábile 8 Uruguay Pedro Cea 5 United States Bert Patenaude 4
1934 Italy Czechoslovakia Old?ich Nejedlý 5[a] Germany Edmund Conen
Italy Angelo Schiavio
4 None
1938 France Brazil Leônidas 7[b] Hungary György Sárosi
Hungary Gyula Zsengellér
Italy Silvio Piola
1950 Brazil Brazil Ademir 8[c] Uruguay Óscar Míguez Uruguay Alcides Ghiggia
Brazil Chico
Spain Estanislau Basora
Spain Telmo Zarra
1954 Switzerland Hungary Sándor Kocsis 11 Switzerland Josef Hügi
West Germany Max Morlock
Austria Erich Probst
6 None
1958 Sweden France Just Fontaine 13 Brazil Pelé
West Germany Helmut Rahn
1962 Chile Hungary Flórián Albert
Soviet Union Valentin Ivanov
Brazil Garrincha
Brazil Vavá
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Dra?an Jerkovi?
Chile Leonel Sánchez
4 None
1966 England Portugal Eusébio 9 West Germany Helmut Haller 6 Soviet Union Valeriy Porkujan
England Geoff Hurst
Hungary Ferenc Bene
West Germany Franz Beckenbauer
1970 Mexico West Germany Gerd Müller 10 Brazil Jairzinho 7 Peru Teófilo Cubillas 5
1974 West Germany Poland Grzegorz Lato 7 Poland Andrzej Szarmach
Netherlands Johan Neeskens
5 None
1978 Argentina[42] Argentina Mario Kempes 6 Peru Teófilo Cubillas Netherlands Rob Rensenbrink 5
Golden Shoe[33]
World Cup Golden Shoe Goals Silver Shoe Goals Bronze Shoe Goals
1982 Spain Italy Paolo Rossi 6 West Germany Karl-Heinz Rummenigge 5 Brazil Zico 4
1986 Mexico England Gary Lineker 6 Spain Emilio Butragueño
Brazil Careca
Argentina Diego Maradona
5 None[43]
1990 Italy Italy Salvatore Schillaci 6 Czechoslovakia Tomá? Skuhravý 5 Cameroon Roger Milla
England Gary Lineker
1994 United States Russia Oleg Salenko[d]
Bulgaria Hristo Stoichkov[e]
6 None
Sweden Kennet Andersson
Brazil Romário
1998 France[45] Croatia Davor ?uker 6 Argentina Gabriel Batistuta
Italy Christian Vieri
5 None[g]
2002 South Korea/Japan[46] Brazil Ronaldo 8[h][i] Germany Miroslav Klose
Brazil Rivaldo
2006 Germany[48] Germany Miroslav Klose 5 Argentina Hernán Crespo 3[j] Brazil Ronaldo 3[j]
Golden Boot[33]
World Cup Golden Boot Goals Silver Boot Goals Bronze Boot Goals
2010 South Africa Germany Thomas Müller 5[k] Spain David Villa 5[k] Netherlands Wesley Sneijder 5[k]
2014 Brazil Colombia James Rodríguez 6 Germany Thomas Müller 5 Brazil Neymar
2018 Russia England Harry Kane 6 France Antoine Griezmann 4[m] Belgium Romelu Lukaku 4[m]
  1. ^ FIFA initially credited Nejedlý with only four goals, which would make him joint top scorer with Angelo Schiavio of Italy and Edmund Conen of Germany. However, FIFA changed it to five goals in November 2006, making Nejedlý the outright top scorer.[39]
  2. ^ FIFA initially credited Leônidas with eight goals. However, in November 2006, FIFA confirmed that in the quarter-final tie against Czechoslovakia, he had scored once, not twice as FIFA had originally recorded, meaning he had scored only seven goals in total.[39]
  3. ^ There was controversy regarding the number of goals Brazilian Ademir had scored in 1950, as a result of incomplete data concerning the Final Round game Brazil vs. Spain (6-1). The 5-0 goal had been credited to Jair, but is now credited to Ademir.[40][41]
  4. ^ Salenko is the only player to win the award playing for a team that were eliminated in the group stage. His six goals are the only international goals he ever scored.
  5. ^ Despite the assist tiebreaker, Salenko and Stoichkov remained tied with six goals and one assist each, and both received the Golden Shoe.[34]
  6. ^ Romário and Andersson surpassed the other two players with five goals (Jürgen Klinsmann and Roberto Baggio) by having three assists each.[34][44]
  7. ^ Both runners-up had the same number of assists, and each received the Silver Shoe.
  8. ^ During the tournament, after the group stage match against Costa Rica, Ronaldo logged a protest against the crediting of a goal as an own goal, and FIFA granted him the change.[47]
  9. ^ Klose, however, was the top scorer of the group stage, as Ronaldo and Rivaldo made their fifth goals in the round of 16 and the quarter-final respectively.
  10. ^ a b Eight players had scored three goals. Ronaldo, Crespo and Zinedine Zidane stood out for having one assist, and then the two recipients were determined by less playtime (308 minutes for Crespo, 411 for Ronaldo, 559 for Zidane).[49]
  11. ^ a b c Müller, Villa, Sneijder and Diego Forlán tied with five goals. Müller won by virtue of having more assists (three) than the rest (each had one). Villa won the Silver Boot due to playing fewer minutes than Sneijder, and Sneijder won the Bronze Boot due to having played fewer minutes than Forlán.[50]
  12. ^ Neymar, Lionel Messi and Robin van Persie all had four goals in the tournament. Neymar received the Bronze Boot for playing fewer minutes than his competitors (480; Messi played 693 minutes, and Van Persie, 548).[51]
  13. ^ a b Griezmann, Lukaku, Denis Cheryshev, Cristiano Ronaldo and Kylian Mbappé tied with four goals. In the assists tiebreaker, Griezmann won the Silver Boot by virtue of having two, while Lukaku got the Bronze Boot as he had one. The rest had zero.[52]

Golden Glove

The Golden Glove Award is awarded to the best goalkeeper of the tournament. The award was introduced with the name Lev Yashin Award in 1994, in honor of the late Soviet goalkeeper.[4] It was rechristened Golden Glove in 2010. The FIFA Technical Study Group recognises the top goalkeeper of the tournament based on the player's performance throughout the final competition. Although goalkeepers have this specific award for their position, they are still eligible for the Golden Ball as well, as when Oliver Kahn was awarded in 2002. In the event of a tie, the Golden Glove Award goes to the goalkeeper who progressed furthest in the competition. The next tiebreakers are saves made, then minutes played.

Best Young Player Award

The Best Young Player award was awarded for the first time at the 2006 World Cup in Germany and given to Germany's Lukas Podolski.[53] The award is given to the best player in the tournament who is at most 21 years old. For the 2018 World Cup, this meant that the player had to have been born on or after 1 January 1997. The election took place on FIFA's official World Cup website with the help of The FIFA Technical Study Group.[54]

FIFA organised a survey on the Internet for users to choose the "best young player" of the World Cup, between 1958 and 2002, named the best young player of each tournament.[55] With 61% of the overall vote, the winner was Pelé, who finished ahead of the Peruvian Teófilo Cubillas, the best young player at Mexico 1970, and England's Michael Owen, who reached similar heights at France 98.[56]

FIFA Fair Play Trophy

The FIFA Fair Play Trophy is given to the team with the best record of fair play during the World Cup final tournament since 1970. Only teams that qualified for the second round are considered. The winners of this award earn the FIFA Fair Play Trophy, a diploma, a fair play medal for each player and official, and $50,000 worth of football equipment to be used for youth development.[61]

The appearance of the award was originally a certificate. From 1982 to 1990, it had been a golden trophy based on Sport Billy, a football-playing cartoon character from 1982 who became an icon for FIFA Fair play.[62][63] Ever since 1994, it is simply a trophy with an elegant footballer figure.[64] Peru was the first nation to win the award after receiving no yellow or red cards in the 1970 FIFA World Cup held in Mexico.[65]

Peru's FIFA Fair Play trophy award. Peru won the award after receiving no yellow or red cards in the tournament.

Man of the Match

The Man of the Match award picks the outstanding player in every game of the tournament since 2002. While the inaugural two editions were chosen by the technical group,[66][67] the Man of the Match is since 2010 picked by an online poll on FIFA's website.[68][69]

Total awards
As of 15 July 2018

By country
As of 15 July 2018

Rank Country MoM Players
1  Brazil 22 14
 Germany 12
3  France 17 11
4  Spain 16 10
5  Argentina 15 8
6  England 14 12
7  Mexico 12 10
 Netherlands 3
9  South Korea 11 7
 Portugal 6
 United States 7

Most Entertaining Team

The FIFA Award for the Most Entertaining Team is a subjectively awarded prize for the team that had done the most to entertain the public with a positive approach to the game, organised through public participation in a poll[4] starting in 1994.[32]

All-Star Team

The All-Star Team is a team of the best performers at the respective World Cup finals. Since 1994, FIFA decided to add official best squads, chosen by its technical group under the brand name MasterCard All-Star Team.[72] For 1998, 2002 and 2006, substitute and reserve members were also nominated for full squads.

Official team

  1. ^ In addition to the 16 of the All-Star Team, six reserves were listed: Netherlands Edwin van der Sar, Argentina Juan Sebastián Verón, France Thierry Henry, Nigeria Jay-Jay Okocha, England Michael Owen, and Italy Christian Vieri
  2. ^ In addition to the 16 of the All-Star Team, seven reserves were listed: Spain Iker Casillas, Brazil Cafu, Germany Dietmar Hamann, Spain Joaquín, Japan Hidetoshi Nakata, United States Landon Donovan, and Belgium Marc Wilmots

Unofficial team

FIFA published the first All-Star Team in 1938, but it never made All-Star Team again until 1990 due to ensuing complaints.[76] In January 1959, the host of 1958 tournament Swedish Federation published an All-Star Team based on 720 answers out of 1,200 experts.[77][78]On July 31, 1966 a day after the tournament the Associated Press chose an All-Star Team for the 1966 tournament in England.[79]

After FIFA changed its sponsor from MasterCard to Visa in 2007,[80] it published All-Star Teams based on statistical data of other sponsors, which evaluates players' performances. FIFA explained these are not official,[81] but the best teams were announced in official website.

Since 2010, the fans' Dream Team has been voted by online poll of FIFA website, but FIFA explained this is also not official team.[81]


Until 1990, FIFA did not publish the All-Star Team, but some blog level websites put up the list of best teams from 1930 edition to 1990 edition. According to them, a technical study group consisting of journalists - mostly from Europe and South America - and experts has historically chosen the team. However, this list lacks reliable sources to be recognized as awards. FIFA website mentioned Djalma Santos (1954, 1958, 1962),[87] Franz Beckenbauer (1966, 1970, 1974),[87][88] and Elías Figueroa (1974) as winners among the list, but it did not announce all winners.[88] selection[89]
World Cup Goalkeepers Defenders Midfielders Forwards
1930 Uruguay

Uruguay Enrique Ballestrero

Uruguay José Nasazzi
Kingdom of Yugoslavia Milutin Ivkovi?

Argentina Luis Monti
Uruguay Álvaro Gestido
Uruguay José Leandro Andrade

Uruguay Pedro Cea
Uruguay Héctor Castro
Uruguay Héctor Scarone
Argentina Guillermo Stábile
United States Bert Patenaude

1934 Italy

Spain Ricardo Zamora

Spain Jacinto Quincoces
Italy Eraldo Monzeglio

Italy Luis Monti
Italy Attilio Ferraris
Spain Leonardo Cilaurren

Italy Giuseppe Meazza
Italy Raimundo Orsi
Italy Enrique Guaita
Austria Matthias Sindelar
Czechoslovakia Old?ich Nejedlý

1938 France

Czechoslovakia Franti?ek Pláni?ka

Italy Pietro Rava
Italy Alfredo Foni
Brazil Domingos da Guia

Italy Michele Andreolo
Italy Ugo Locatelli

Italy Silvio Piola
Italy Gino Colaussi
Hungary György Sárosi
Hungary Gyula Zsengellér
Brazil Leônidas

1950 Brazil

Uruguay Roque Máspoli

Sweden Erik Nilsson
Spain José Parra
Uruguay Víctor Rodríguez Andrade

Uruguay Obdulio Varela
Brazil Bauer
Uruguay Alcides Ghiggia
Brazil Jair

Brazil Zizinho
Brazil Ademir
Uruguay Juan Alberto Schiaffino

1954 Switzerland

Hungary Gyula Grosics

Austria Ernst Ocwirk
Brazil Djalma Santos
Uruguay José Santamaría

West Germany Fritz Walter
Hungary József Bozsik
Hungary Nándor Hidegkuti
Hungary Zoltán Czibor

West Germany Helmut Rahn
Hungary Ferenc Puskás
Hungary Sándor Kocsis

1958 Sweden

Northern Ireland Harry Gregg

Brazil Djalma Santos
Brazil Bellini
Brazil Nílton Santos

Northern Ireland Danny Blanchflower
Brazil Didi
Sweden Gunnar Gren
France Raymond Kopa

Brazil Pelé
Brazil Garrincha
France Just Fontaine

1962 Chile

Czechoslovakia Viliam Schrojf

Brazil Djalma Santos
Italy Cesare Maldini
Soviet Union Valery Voronin
West Germany Karl-Heinz Schnellinger

Brazil Mário Zagallo
Brazil Zito
Czechoslovakia Josef Masopust

Brazil Vavá
Brazil Garrincha
Chile Leonel Sánchez

1966 England

England Gordon Banks

England George Cohen
England Bobby Moore
Portugal Vicente
Argentina Silvio Marzolini

West Germany Franz Beckenbauer
Portugal Mário Coluna
England Bobby Charlton

Hungary Flórián Albert
West Germany Uwe Seeler
Portugal Eusébio

1970 Mexico

Uruguay Ladislao Mazurkiewicz

Brazil Carlos Alberto
Uruguay Atilio Ancheta
West Germany Franz Beckenbauer
Italy Giacinto Facchetti

Brazil Gérson
Brazil Rivellino
England Bobby Charlton

Brazil Pelé
West Germany Gerd Müller
Brazil Jairzinho

1974 West Germany

West Germany Sepp Maier

Netherlands Ruud Krol
West Germany Paul Breitner
West Germany Franz Beckenbauer
West Germany Berti Vogts
Chile Elias Figueroa

West Germany Wolfgang Overath
Poland Kazimierz Deyna
Netherlands Johan Neeskens

Netherlands Rob Rensenbrink
Netherlands Johan Cruyff
Poland Grzegorz Lato

1978 Argentina

Argentina Ubaldo Fillol

West Germany Berti Vogts
Netherlands Ruud Krol
Argentina Daniel Passarella
Argentina Alberto Tarantini

Brazil Dirceu
Peru Teófilo Cubillas
Netherlands Rob Rensenbrink

Italy Roberto Bettega
Italy Paolo Rossi
Argentina Mario Kempes

1982 Spain

Italy Dino Zoff

Brazil Luizinho
Brazil Júnior
Italy Claudio Gentile
Italy Fulvio Collovati

Poland Zbigniew Boniek
Brazil Falcão
France Michel Platini
Brazil Zico

Italy Paolo Rossi
West Germany Karl-Heinz Rummenigge

1986 Mexico

Belgium Jean-Marie Pfaff

Brazil Josimar
France Manuel Amoros
Brazil Júlio César

Belgium Jan Ceulemans
France Jean Tigana
France Michel Platini
Argentina Diego Maradona

Denmark Preben Elkjær Larsen
Spain Emilio Butragueño
England Gary Lineker

1990 Italy

Argentina Sergio Goycochea
Costa Rica Luis Gabelo Conejo

West Germany Andreas Brehme
Italy Paolo Maldini
Italy Franco Baresi

Argentina Diego Maradona
West Germany Lothar Matthäus
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Dragan Stojkovi?
England Paul Gascoigne

Italy Salvatore Schillaci
Cameroon Roger Milla
West Germany Jürgen Klinsmann

Goal of the Tournament

  • (1) First number represents players team, while second number represents opponents team


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