Golden Ball

Golden Ball

The Golden Ball is awarded to the player that has been deemed to have had the most impact during the tournament. and has been the competitions best player. A shortlist of players is created by the FIFA technical committee and then the winner is voted by media, runners up receive the Silver and Bronze balls.

Golden Ball Past Winners

World CupGolden BallSilver BallBronze Ball
1982 SpainPaolo RossiFalcaoKarl-Heinz Rummenigge
1986 MexicoDiego MaradonaHarald SchumacherPreben Elkjaer
1990 ItalySalvatore SchillaciLothar MatthausDiego Maradona
1994 USARomarioRoberto BaggioHristo Stoichkov
1998 FranceRonaldoDavor SukerLilian Thuram
2002 Korea/JapanOliver KahnRonaldoHong Myung-Bo
2006 GermanyZinedine ZidaneFabio CannavaroAndrea Pirlo
2010 South AfricaDiego ForlanWesley SneijderDavid Villa