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.

Two other awards were given between 1994 and 2006:[2]

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

Golden BallEdit

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 awardEdit

Golden Ball[4]
World Cup Golden Ball Silver Ball Bronze Ball
1982 Spain   Paolo Rossi   Falcão   Karl-Heinz Rummenigge
1986 Mexico   Diego Maradona   Harald Schumacher   Preben Elkjær Larsen
1990 Italy   Salvatore Schillaci   Lothar Matthäus   Diego Maradona
1994 United States   Romario   Roberto Baggio   Hristo Stoichkov
1998 France   Ronaldo   Davor Šuker   Lilian Thuram
2002 South Korea/Japan   Oliver Kahn   Ronaldo   Hong Myung-bo
2006 Germany   Zinedine Zidane   Fabio Cannavaro   Andrea Pirlo
2010 South Africa   Diego Forlán   Wesley Sneijder   David Villa
2014 Brazil   Lionel Messi   Thomas Müller   Arjen Robben
2018 Russia   Luka Modrić   Eden Hazard   Antoine Griezmann
Trophies by country
Nation G S B 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 awardEdit

There was officially no Golden, Silver, and Bronze Ball before 1982, but some websites put up the list of winners from 1930 edition to 1978 edition.[5][6] Among them, FIFA introduced Johan Cruyff and Mario Kempes as Golden Ball winners in its website.[7][8] However, this list lacks reliable sources to be recognized as award.

In July 1978, a penal of 23 experts which consisted of critics, coaches, and former players each chose five best players of 1978 tournament.[9]

Unofficial Best Players
World Cup Winner Runner-up Third place
1978 Argentina   Mario Kempes   Paolo Rossi   Hans Krankl

Golden BootEdit

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.[10] FIFA sometimes lists the top goalscorers of previous Cups among the Golden Boot winners.[11]

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.[12][13] 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.[14]

Top Goalscorer[15][16]
World Cup Top goalscorer Goals Runners-up Goals Third place Goals
1930 Uruguay   Guillermo Stábile 8   Pedro Cea 5   Bert Patenaude 4
1934 Italy   Oldřich Nejedlý 5[a]   Edmund Conen
  Angelo Schiavio
4 None
1938 France   Leônidas 7[b]   György Sárosi
  Gyula Zsengellér
  Silvio Piola
1950 Brazil   Ademir 8[c]   Óscar Míguez   Alcides Ghiggia
  Estanislau Basora
  Telmo Zarra
1954 Switzerland   Sándor Kocsis 11   Josef Hügi
  Max Morlock
  Erich Probst
6 None
1958 Sweden   Just Fontaine 13   Pelé
  Helmut Rahn
1962 Chile   Flórián Albert
  Valentin Ivanov
  Dražan Jerković
  Leonel Sánchez
4 None
1966 England   Eusébio 9   Helmut Haller 6   Valeriy Porkujan
  Geoff Hurst
  Ferenc Bene
  Franz Beckenbauer
1970 Mexico   Gerd Müller 10   Jairzinho 7   Teófilo Cubillas 5
1974 West Germany   Grzegorz Lato 7   Andrzej Szarmach
  Johan Neeskens
5 None
1978 Argentina[20]   Mario Kempes 6   Teófilo Cubillas   Rob Rensenbrink 5
Golden Shoe[11]
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   Emilio Butragueño
  Diego Maradona
5 None[21]
1990 Italy   Salvatore Schillaci 6   Tomáš Skuhravý 5   Roger Milla
  Gary Lineker
1994 United States   Oleg Salenko[d]
  Hristo Stoichkov[e]
6 None
  Kennet Andersson
1998 France[23]   Davor Šuker 6   Gabriel Batistuta
  Christian Vieri
5 None[g]
2002 South Korea/Japan[24]   Ronaldo 8[h][i]   Miroslav Klose
2006 Germany[26]   Miroslav Klose 5   Hernán Crespo 3[j]   Ronaldo 3[j]
Golden Boot[11]
World Cup Golden Boot Goals Silver Boot Goals Bronze Boot Goals
2010 South Africa   Thomas Müller 5[k]   David Villa 5[k]   Wesley Sneijder 5[k]
2014 Brazil   James Rodríguez 6   Thomas Müller 5   Neymar
2018 Russia   Harry Kane 6   Antoine Griezmann 4[m]   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.[17]
  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.[17]
  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.[18][19]
  4. ^ Salenko is the only player to win the award playing for a team that were eliminated in the group stages. His six goals are the only international goals he ever scored.
  5. ^ Despite the assist tiebreaker, Salenko and Stoichkov remained tied with 6 goals and one assist each, and both received the Golden Shoe.[12]
  6. ^ Romário and Andersson surpassed the other two players with five goals (Jürgen Klinsmann and Roberto Baggio) by having three assists each.[12][22]
  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.[25]
  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).[27]
  11. ^ a b c Müller, Villa, Sneijder and Diego Forlán tied with five goals. Müller won by virtue of having more assists (3) 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.[28]
  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).[29]
  13. ^ a b Griezmann, Lukaku, Denis Cheryshev, Cristiano Ronaldo and Kylian Mbappé tied with 4 goals. In the assists tiebreaker, Griezmann won the Silver Boot by virtue of having 2, while Lukaku got the Bronze Boot as he had one. The rest had zero.[30]

Golden GloveEdit

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] 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.

World Cup Golden Glove
1994 United States   Michel Preud'homme
1998 France   Fabien Barthez
2002 South Korea/Japan   Oliver Kahn
2006 Germany   Gianluigi Buffon
2010 South Africa   Iker Casillas
2014 Brazil   Manuel Neuer
2018 Russia   Thibaut Courtois

Best Young Player AwardEdit

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.[31] 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.[32]

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.[33] 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.[34]

World Cup Best Young Player Age
1958 Sweden   Pelé 17
1962 Chile   Flórián Albert 20
1966 England   Franz Beckenbauer 20
1970 Mexico   Teófilo 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 United States   Marc Overmars 20
1998 France   Michael Owen 18
2002 South Korea/Japan   Landon Donovan 20
2006 Germany   Lukas Podolski[31] 21
2010 South Africa   Thomas Müller[36] 20
2014 Brazil   Paul Pogba[37] 21
2018 Russia   Kylian Mbappé[38] 19

FIFA Fair Play TrophyEdit

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.[39]

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.[40][41] Ever since 1994, it is simply a trophy with an elegant footballer figure.[42] 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.[43]

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
1974 West Germany   West Germany
1978 Argentina   Argentina
1982 Spain   Brazil
1986 Mexico   Brazil
1990 Italy   England
1994 United States   Brazil
1998 France   England
2002 South Korea/Japan   Belgium
2006 Germany   Brazil
2010 South Africa   Spain
2014 Brazil   Colombia
2018 Russia   Spain

Man of the MatchEdit

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,[44][45] the Man of the Match is since 2010 picked by an online poll on FIFA's website.[46][47]

World Cup Most Man of the Match wins Wins
2002 South Korea/Japan   Rivaldo 3
2006 Germany   Andrea Pirlo 3
2010 South Africa   Wesley Sneijder 4
2014 Brazil   Lionel Messi 4
2018 Russia   Antoine Griezmann 3

Total awards
As of 15 July 2018

Rank Player Country MoM WC with awards
1 Arjen Robben   Netherlands 6 2006, 2010, 2014
Cristiano Ronaldo   Portugal 2010, 2014, 2018
Lionel Messi   Argentina 2010, 2014, 2018
4 Luis Suárez   Uruguay 5 2010, 2014, 2018
5 Eden Hazard   Belgium 4 2014, 2018
Keisuke Honda   Japan 2010, 2014
James Rodríguez   Colombia 2014, 2018
Miroslav Klose   Germany 2002, 2006
Park Ji-sung   South Korea 2002, 2006, 2010
Thomas Müller   Germany 2010, 2014
Wesley Sneijder   Netherlands 2010

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 TeamEdit

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.[10]

World Cup Most Entertaining Team Award
1994 United States   Brazil[26]
1998 France   France[26]
2002 South Korea/Japan   South Korea[48]
2006 Germany   Portugal[49]
2010 South Africa   Germany
2014 Brazil   Colombia

All-Star TeamEdit

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.[50] For 1998, 2002 and 2006, substitute and reserve members were also nominated for full squads.

Official teamsEdit

MasterCard All-Star Team
World Cup Goalkeepers Defenders Midfielders Forwards
1994 United States[50]

  Michel Preud'homme

  Márcio Santos
  Paolo Maldini

  Krasimir Balakov
  Gheorghe Hagi
  Tomas Brolin

  Hristo Stoichkov
  Roberto Baggio

1998 France[a][51]

  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 South Korea/Japan[b][52]

  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[53]

  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
  Francesco Totti

  1. ^ In addition to the 16 of the All-Star Team, six reserves were listed:   Edwin van der Sar,   Juan Sebastián Verón,   Thierry Henry,   Jay-Jay Okocha,   Michael Owen, and   Christian Vieri
  2. ^ In addition to the 16 of the All-Star Team, seven reserves were listed:   Iker Casillas,   Cafu,   Dietmar Hamann,   Joaquín,   Hidetoshi Nakata,   Landon Donovan, and   Marc Wilmots

Unofficial teamsEdit

Until 1990, FIFA did not officially publish the All-Star Team, but some 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.[54] However, this list lacks reliable sources to be recognized as award. FIFA website mentioned Djalma Santos (1954, 1958, 1962),[55] Franz Beckenbauer (1966, 1970, 1974),[55][56] and Elías Figueroa (1974) as winners among the list, but it did not announce all winners.[56]

FIFA published the first All-Star Team in 1938, but it never made All-Star Team again until 1990 due to ensuing complaints.[57] In January 1959, the host of 1958 tournament Swedish Federation published an All-Star Team based on 720 answers out of 1,200 experts.[58][59] These two teams had differences with the above well-known rumor.

All-Star Team
World Cup Goalkeepers Defenders Midfielders Forwards
1938 France

  František Plánička

  Domingos da Guia
  Pietro Rava

  Zezé Procópio
  Michele Andreolo
  Ugo Locatelli

  Arne Nyberg
  Giuseppe Meazza
  György Sárosi
  Pál Titkos

1958 Sweden

  Harry Gregg

  Orvar Bergmark
  Nílton Santos

  Yuriy Voynov
  Horst Szymaniak

  Raymond Kopa
  Lennart Skoglund

After FIFA changed its sponsor from MasterCard to Visa in 2007,[60] it published All-Star Teams based on statistical data of other sponsors, which evaluates players' performances. FIFA explained these are not official,[61] but the best teams were announced in official website.

Statistical All-Star Team
World Cup Goalkeepers Defenders Midfielders Forwards
2010 South Africa[a][62]

  Manuel Neuer

  Joan Capdevila
  Philipp Lahm
  Carles Puyol
  Sergio Ramos

  Mark van Bommel
  Thomas Müller
  Wesley Sneijder
  Sergio Busquets

  David Villa
  Luis Suárez

2014 Brazil[a][63]

  Manuel Neuer

  Marcos Rojo
  Mats Hummels
  Thiago Silva
  Stefan de Vrij

  Toni Kroos
  Philipp Lahm
  James Rodríguez

  Arjen Robben
  Thomas Müller

2018 Russia[b][61]

  Thibaut Courtois

  Andreas Granqvist
  Raphaël Varane
  Thiago Silva
  Yerry Mina

  Denis Cheryshev
  Philippe Coutinho
  Luka Modrić

  Harry Kane
  Eden Hazard
  Antoine Griezmann

Since 2010, the fans' Dream Team has been voted by online poll of FIFA website, but FIFA explained this is also not official team.[61]

Dream Team
World Cup Goalkeepers Defenders Midfielders Forwards Manager
2010 South Africa[64]

  Iker Casillas

  Philipp Lahm
  Sergio Ramos
  Carles Puyol

  Bastian Schweinsteiger
  Wesley Sneijder
  Andrés Iniesta

  David Villa
  Diego Forlán

  Vicente del Bosque

2014 Brazil[65]

  Manuel Neuer

  Mats Hummels
  David Luiz
  Thiago Silva

  Ángel Di María
  Toni Kroos
  James Rodríguez

  Thomas Müller
  Lionel Messi

  Joachim Löw

2018 Russia[66]

  Thibaut Courtois

  Raphaël Varane
  Diego Godín
  Thiago Silva

  Philippe Coutinho
  Luka Modrić
  Kevin De Bruyne

  Cristiano Ronaldo
  Harry Kane
  Kylian Mbappé

Goal of the TournamentEdit

World Cup Player Scored against Score (1) Result (1) Round Source
2006 Germany   Maxi Rodríguez   Mexico 2‒1 2‒1 Round of 16 [67]
2010 South Africa   Diego Forlán   Germany 2‒1 2‒3 3rd place match
2014 Brazil   James Rodríguez   Uruguay 1‒0 2‒0 Round of 16
2018 Russia   Benjamin Pavard   Argentina 2‒2 4‒3 Round of 16
  • (1) First number represents players team, while second number represents opponents team


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