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At the end of each FIFA World Cup final tournament, several awards are attributed to the players and teams which have distinguished from the rest, in different aspects of the game.

There are currently six awards:

  • The Golden Ball (currently commercially termed "adidas Golden Ball") for best player;
  • The Golden Shoe (also known as the Golden Boot, since 1982 commercially termed "adidas Golden Shoe") was first awarded in 1930 for top goal scorer;

  • The Yashin Award for best goalkeeper (first awarded in 1994);
  • The Best Young Player (currently commercially termed as "Gillette 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 with the best record of fair play (first awarded in 1970);
  • 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, first awarded in 1994;
An All-Star Team (currently commercially termed "Mastercard All-Star Team") comprising of the best players of the tournament, is also announced for each tournament since 1990.

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 media voting receive the adidas Silver Ball and Bronze Ball awards as the 2nd and 3rd most outstanding players in the tournament respectively.

World Cup Golden Ball Silver Ball Bronze Ball
1930 Uruguay Jose Nasazzi Guillermo Stábile José Leandro Andrade
1934 Italy Giuseppe Meazza Ricardo Zamora Oldřich Nejedlý
1938 France Leônidas Silvio Piola György Sárosi
1950 Brazil Zizinho Juan Schiaffino Ademir
1954 Switzerland Ferenc Puskás Sándor Kocsis Fritz Walter [219227]
1958 Sweden Didi Pelé [219228] Raymond Kopa
1962 Chile Garrincha Josef Masopust Leonel Sánchez
1966 England Bobby Charlton Bobby Moore Eusébio
1970 Mexico Pelé Gérson Bobby Moore
1974 West Germany Johan Cruijff Franz Beckenbauer Kazimierz Deyna
1978 Argentina Mario Kempes Paolo Rossi Dirceu
This Award was first awarded in 1982.
World Cup Golden Ball Silver Ball Bronze Ball
1982 Spain Paolo Rossi Falcão Karl-Heinz Rummenigge
1986 Mexico Diego Maradona Harald Schumacher Preben Elkjær
1990 Italy Salvatore Schillaci Lothar Matthäus Diego Maradona
1994 USA Romário Roberto Baggio Hristo Stoichkov

1998 France Ronaldo Davor Šuker Lilian Thuram
2002 Korea/Japan Oliver Kahn Ronaldo Hong Myung-Bo
2006 Germany Zinedine Zidane Fabio Cannavaro Andrea Pirlo

Golden Shoe

The Golden Shoe Award goes to the top goalscorer of the FIFA World Cup.

The award was introduced at the 1930 World Cup. The 1994 World Cup in the United States was the first time that Silver and Bronze boots awards were added to reward the second and third top scorers in the tournament. Since 1994, if there is more than one player with the same amount of goals, the tie-breaker goes to the player who has contributed the most assist (with the FIFA Technical Study Group deciding whether an assist is to be counted as such). If there is still more than one player, the tie-breaker goes to the player who has played the least amount of time.

World Cup Top Goalscorer Goals
1930 Uruguay Guillermo Stábile 8
1934 Italy Oldřich Nejedlý 5(1)
1938 France Leônidas da Silva 7(2)
1950 Brazil Ademir 9(3)
1954 Switzerland Sándor Kocsis 11
1958 Sweden Just Fontaine 13
1962 Chile Garrincha
Leonel Sánchez
Dražan Jerković
Valentin Ivanov
Flórián Albert


World Cup Golden Shoe Award Goals
1966 England Eusébio 9
1970 Mexico Gerd Müller 10
1974 West Germany Grzegorz Lato 7
1978 Argentina Mario Kempes 6

  • Silver and bronze shoes have been awarded since 1982.

World Cup Golden Shoe Goals Silver Shoe Goals Bronze Shoe Goals
1982 Spain Paolo Rossi 6 Karl-Heinz Rummenigge 5 Zico 4
1986 Mexico Gary Lineker 6 Diego Maradona
Emilio Butragueño

5 Jorge Valdano
Preben Elkjaer Larsen
Alessandro Altobelli
Igor Belanov

1990 Italia Salvatore Schillaci 6 Tomáš Skuhravý 5 Roger Milla
Gary Lineker
Lothar Matthäus

1994 USA Hristo Stoichkov
Oleg Salenko
6 Romário
Jürgen Klinsmann
Roberto Baggio
Kennet Andersson

5 Gabriel Batistuta
Florin Răducioiu
Martin Dahlin

1998 France Davor Šuker 6 Gabriel Batistuta
Christian Vieri
5 Ronaldo
Marcelo Salas
Luis Hernández

2002 South Korea/Japan Ronaldo 8 Rivaldo
Miroslav Klose
5 Jon Dahl Tomasson
Christian Vieri
2006 Germany Miroslav Klose 5 Hernán Crespo 3 Ronaldo 3

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. [219229]

² FIFA initially credited Leônidas with eight goals. However, in November 2006, FIFA confirmed that in the quarter-final tie against Czechoslovakia, he scored once, not twice as FIFA had originally recorded, meaning he scored only seven goals in total. [219230] Moreover, in some sources, Leônidas was mis-credited one Brazilian goal in the first-round match against Poland, scoring four goals instead of three in the match.

³ There was controversy regarding how many goals Brazilian Ademir Menezes scored in 1950, because of incomplete data concerning the Final Round game Brazil vs. Spain (6:1). The first goal had been credited as an own goal by Spanish defender Parra, and the 5:0 goal had been credited to Jair. However, recently FIFA credited Ademir with both these goals. The next highest scorers in the World Cup scored five goals each.

4 During the tournament, after the group stage match against Turkey, Ronaldo logged a protest against the crediting of a goal as own goal, and FIFA granted him the change.

5 There is controversy regarding how many goals Argentinian Diego Maradona scored in 1986 as the Quarter Final goal against England was the infamous "Hand of God" goal.

Yashin Award

The Yashin Award for the Best Goalkeeper is named in honor of the late goalkeeper Lev Yashin (USSRmarker). The FIFA Technical Study Group recognizes 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. Although the Yashin was first awarded in 1994, every All-Star Team in World Cups prior to 1998 included only one goalkeeper:

World Cup Goalkeeper included in the All-Star Team
1930 Uruguay Enrique Ballesteros
1934 Italy Ricardo Zamora
1938 France František Plánička
1950 Brazil Roque Máspoli
1954 Switzerland Gyula Grosics
1958 Sweden Harry Gregg
1962 Chile Viliam Schrojf
1966 England Gordon Banks
1970 Mexico Ladislao Mazurkiewicz
1974 West Germany Jan Tomaszewski
1978 Argentina Ubaldo Fillol
1982 Spain Dino Zoff
1986 Mexico Harald Schumacher
1990 Italy Sergio Goycoechea
The Yashin Award was first awarded in 1994
World Cup Yashin Award winner
1994 USA Michel Preud'homme
1998 France Fabien Barthez
2002 Korea/Japan Oliver Kahn
2006 Germany Gianluigi Buffon

Best Young Player Award

The Best Young Player (commercially termed "Gillette Best Young Player") award was awarded for the first time at the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany and given to Germany's Lukas Podolski. The award is given to the best player in the tournament who is at most 21 years old. For the 2006 FIFA World Cup this meant that the player had to have been born on or after 1 January, 1985. The election took place on FIFA's official World Cup website with the help of The FIFA Technical Study Group.

As a way to grant the recognized of retroactive form, FIFAmarker organized 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. With 61% of the overall vote, the winner was Pelé. "O Rei" (The King) finished ahead of the Peruvianmarker Teofilo Cubillas, the best young player at Mexico 1970, and England’s Michael Owen, who reached similar heights at France 98.

World Cup Young Player Age
1958 Sweden Pelé 17
1962 Chile Florian Albert 20
1966 England Franz Beckenbauer 20
1970 Mexico Teofilo Cubillas 21
1974 West Germany Władysław Żmuda 20
1978 Argentina Antonio Cabrini 20
1982 Spain Manuel Amoros 21
1986 Mexico Enzo Scifo 20
1990 Italy Robert Prosinečki 21
1994 USA Marc Overmars 21
1998 France Michael Owen 18
2002 Korea/Japan Landon Donovan 20

The Gillette Best Young Player Award was first awarded in 2006

World Cup Gillette Best Young Player Award Age
2006 Germany Lukas Podolski 21

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. 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.

The Appearance of the award was originally a certificate but from 1982-1994 it had been a golden trophy based on Sport Billy, a well known football-playing cartoon character from 1982 who became an icon for FIFA Fair play. More recently it is simply a trophy with an elegant footballer figure.

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

World Cup FIFA Fair Play Trophy Winners
1970 Mexico Peru
1978 Argentina Argentina
1982 Spain
1986 Mexico
1990 Italy
1994 USA
1998 France

2002 Korea/Japan
2006 Germany

Most Entertaining Team

The FIFA Award for the Most Entertaining Team is a fairly new accolade for the FIFA World Cup. It is a subjectively awarded prize for the team which has done the most to entertain the public with a positive approach to the game. The award is always organized through public participation in a poll. Recent awards have been determined by an Internet vote which may not fairly and accurately represent fan demographics.

World Cup Most Entertaining Team Award
1994 USA
1998 France
2002 Korea/Japan
2006 Germany

All-Star Team

The All-Star Team, currently named after its current sponsor MasterCard All-Star Team, is a team of the best 23 players, chosen by FIFA's technical study group, from the World Cup Finals. The number of players was expanded from 11 to 16 at the 1998 finals, and then to the current 23.Before 1998, journalists and experts chose a "Dream Team" with outstanding players from each playing position. The teams were chosen mostly by European and South American journalists.

World Cup Goalkeepers Defenders Midfielders Forwards
1930 Uruguay
 Enrique Ballesteros 
 José Nasazzi 
Milutin Ivković
 Luis Monti 
Alvaro Gestido
José Andrade
 Pedro Cea 
Héctor Castro
Héctor Scarone
Guillermo Stabile
Bert Patenaude
1934 Italy
 Ricardo Zamora 
 Jacinto Quincoces 
Eraldo Monzeglio
 Luis Monti 
Attilio Ferraris
Leonardo Cilaurren
 Giuseppe Meazza 
Raimundo Orsi
Enrique Guaita
Matthias Sindelar
Oldřich Nejedlý
1938 France
 František Plánička 
 Pietro Rava 
Alfredo Foni
Domingos da Guia
 Michele Andreolo 
Ugo Locatelli
 Silvio Piola 
Gino Colaussi
György Sárosi
Gyula Zsengellér
1950 Brazil
 Roque Máspoli 
 Erik Nilsson 
José Parra
Víctor Rodríguez Andrade
 Obdulio Varela 
 Alcides Ghiggia 
Juan Alberto Schiaffino
1954 Switzerland
 Gyula Grosics 
 Ernst Ocwirk 
Djalma Santos
José Santamaría
 Fritz Walter 
József Bozsik
 Helmut Rahn 
Nándor Hidegkuti
Ferenc Puskás
Sándor Kocsis
Zoltan Czibor
1958 Sweden
 Harry Gregg 
 Djalma Santos 
Nílton Santos
 Danny Blanchflower 
Just Fontaine
Raymond Kopa
Gunnar Gren
1962 Chile
 Viliam Schrojf 
 Djalma Santos 
Cesare Maldini
Valeriy Voronin
Karl-Heinz Schnellinger
Josef Masopust
Leonel Sánchez
1966 England
 Gordon Banks 
 George Cohen 
Bobby Moore
Silvio Marzolini
 Franz Beckenbauer  
Mário Coluna
Bobby Charlton
 Florian Albert 
Uwe Seeler
1970 Mexico
 Ladislao Mazurkiewicz 
 Carlos Alberto 
Atilio Ancheta
Franz Beckenbauer
Giacinto Facchetti
Roberto Rivellino
Bobby Charlton
Gerd Müller
1974 West Germany
 Sepp Maier 
 Berti Vogts 
Ruud Krol
Franz Beckenbauer
Paul Breitner
Elías Figueroa
 Wolfgang Overath  
Kazimierz Deyna
Johan Neeskens
 Rob Rensenbrink 
Johan Cruyff
Grzegorz Lato
1978 Argentina
 Ubaldo Fillol 
 Berti Vogts 
Ruud Krol
Daniel Passarella
Alberto Tarantini
Teofilo Cubillas
Rob Rensenbrink
 Roberto Bettega  
Paolo Rossi
Mario Kempes
1982 Spain
 Dino Zoff 
Claudio Gentile
Fulvio Collovati
 Zbigniew Boniek  
Michel Platini
 Paolo Rossi 
Karl-Heinz Rummenigge
1986 Mexico
 Harald Schumacher 
Manuel Amoros
Júlio César
 Jan Ceulemans  
Jean Tigana
Michel Platini
Diego Maradona
 Preben Elkjær Larsen 
Emilio Butragueño
Gary Lineker
1990 Italy
 Sergio Goycoechea 
Luis Gabelo Conejo
 Andreas Brehme 
Paolo Maldini
Franco Baresi
 Diego Maradona 
Lothar Matthäus
Dragan Stojkovic
Paul Gascoigne
 Salvatore Schillaci 
Roger Milla
Jürgen Klinsmann
1994 USA
 Michel Preud'homme 
Márcio Santos
Paolo Maldini
Krasimir Balakov
Gheorghe Hagi
Tomas Brolin
Hristo Stoichkov
Roberto Baggio
1998 France
 Fabien Barthez 
José Luis Chilavert
 Roberto Carlos 
Marcel Desailly
Lilian Thuram
Frank de Boer
Carlos Gamarra
Michael Laudrup
Zinedine Zidane
Edgar Davids
Davor Šuker
Brian Laudrup
Dennis Bergkamp
2002 Korea/Japan
 Oliver Kahn 
Rüştü Reçber
 Roberto Carlos 
Sol Campbell
Fernando Hierro
Hong Myung-Bo
Alpay Özalan
Michael Ballack
Claudio Reyna
Yoo Sang-Chul
Miroslav Klose
El Hadji Diouf
Hasan Şaş
2006 Germany
 Gianluigi Buffon 
Jens Lehmann
 Roberto Ayala 
John Terry
Lilian Thuram
Philipp Lahm
Fabio Cannavaro
Gianluca Zambrotta
Ricardo Carvalho
 Zé Roberto  
Patrick Vieira
Zinedine Zidane
Michael Ballack
Andrea Pirlo
Gennaro Gattuso
Luís Figo
 Hernán Crespo 
Thierry Henry
Miroslav Klose
Luca Toni

Only two players have been named in three separate All-Star teams: Franz Beckenbauer of West Germany, who was included in the 1966, 1970, and 1974 editions of the All-Star Team, and Djalma Santos in 1954, 1958 and 1962. 18 others have been named to two separate All-Star teams: Luis Monti (1930 and 1934; however, in 1930, he was representing Argentina while in 1934 he represented Italy); Garrincha (1958 and 1962); Pelé (1958 and 1970); Bobby Charlton (1966 and 1970); Teofilo Cubillas (1970 and 1978); Rob Rensenbrink (1974 and 1978); Berti Vogts (1974 and 1978); Paolo Rossi (1978 and 1982); Michel Platini (1982 and 1986); Diego Maradona (1986 and 1990); Paolo Maldini (1990 and 1994); Dunga (1994 and 1998); Roberto Carlos, Rivaldo, and Ronaldo (1998 and 2002); Lilian Thuram and Zinedine Zidane (1998 and 2006); Michael Ballack and Miroslav Klose (2002 and 2006).

Pelé is the only player to be named in All-Star teams 12 years apart (1958 and 1970).

Italy in 2006 and Uruguay in 1930 and 1950 and Germany 2006 are the only teams to have had a player in every position on the All-Star Team.

With 7 players in 1930, Uruguay is the nation with most players on the same All-Star Team.

34 different brazilian players were named in All-Star teams, Brazil is also the nation with most nominations with 42 nominees.

There are only two Asian players named in All-Star team. Hong Myung-Bo and Yoo Sang-Chul of Korea Republic. Both selected in 2002.

Notes and references

  1. Source:,4273,4354263,00.html
  2. Classic Football - Garrincha bio

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