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FIFA World Cup awards

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.


  • Awards 1
  • Golden Ball 2
  • Golden Boot 3
  • Golden Glove 4
  • Best Young Player Award 5
  • FIFA Fair Play Trophy 6
  • Man of the Match 7
  • Most Entertaining Team 8
  • All-Star Team 9
  • References 10
  • External links 11


There are currently five post-tournament awards, and one given during the tourney:[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 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 , though also lists in their player articles as "golden ball winners" Kempes, Cruyff, Pelé, Bobby Charlton and Garrincha for 1978,1974,1970,1966 and 1962 respectively.[3]

Adidas Golden Ball[4]
World Cup Golden Ball Silver Ball Bronze Ball
1962 Chile Garrincha[5] Josef Masopust[6] None
1966 England Bobby Charlton[7] None Eusébio[8]
1970 México Pelé[9] None None
1974 Germany Johan Cruyff[10] Franz Beckenbauer[11] None
1978 Argentina Mario Kempes[12] None None
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 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
2010 South Africa Diego Forlán Wesley Sneijder David Villa
2014 Brazil Lionel Messi Thomas Müller Arjen Robben

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,[13] under the name Golden Shoe.[3] It was rechristened Golden Boot in 2010.[14] FIFA sometimes lists the top goalscorers of previous Cups among the Golden Boot winners.[15]

If there is more than one player with the same amount of goals, since 1994 the tie-breaker goes to the player who has contributed the most assists - with the FIFA Technical Study Group deciding whether an assist is to be counted as such.[16][17] 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.[18]

Top goalscorer (no award)[19][20]
World Cup Top goalscorer Goals Runner-ups Goals Third place Goals
1930 Uruguay Guillermo Stábile 8 Pedro Cea 5 Bert Patenaude 4
1934 Italy Oldřich Nejedlý 5(1) Edmund Conen
Angelo Schiavio
4 None
1938 France Leônidas 8(2) György Sárosi
Gyula Zsengellér
Silvio Piola
5 None
1950 Brazil Ademir 8(3) Óscar Míguez 5 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
6 None
1962 Chile Flórián Albert
Valentin Ivanov
Dražan Jerković
Leonel Sánchez
4 None 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[21] Mario Kempes 6 Teófilo Cubillas 5 Rob Rensenbrink 5
Adidas Golden Shoe[15]
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[22]
1990 Italy Salvatore Schillaci 6 Tomáš Skuhravý 5 Roger Milla 4
1994 United States Oleg Salenko(4)
Hristo Stoichkov
6 None(5) Kennet Andersson
1998 France[23] Davor Šuker 6 Gabriel Batistuta
Christian Vieri
5 None(7)
2002 South Korea/Japan[24] Ronaldo 8(8) Miroslav Klose
5 None(7)
2006 Germany[25] Miroslav Klose 5 Hernán Crespo 3(9) Ronaldo 3(9)
Adidas Golden Boot[15]
World Cup Golden Boot Goals Silver Boot Goals Bronze Boot Goals
2010 South Africa Thomas Müller 5(10) David Villa 5(10) Wesley Sneijder 5(10)
2014 Brazil James Rodríguez 6 Thomas Müller 5 Neymar 4(11)

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.[26]


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.[26]


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[27][28]


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.


Despite the assist tiebreaker, Salenko and Stoichkov remained tied with 6 goals and one assist each, and both received the Golden Ball.[16]


Romário and Andersson surpassed the other two players with five goals (Jürgen Klinsmann and Roberto Baggio) by having three assists each.[16][29]


Both runner-ups had the same number of assists, and each received the Silver Ball.


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.[30]


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).[31]


Müller, Villa, Sneijder and Forlán tied with 5 goals. Müller won by virtue of having more assists (3) than the rest (each had 1). 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.[32]


Neymar, Lionel Messi and Robin Van Persie all had four goals in the tournament. Neymar got the Bronze Boot for playing fewer minutes than his competitors.[33]

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.[13] 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. Although the Golden Glove Award was first awarded in 1994, every All-Star Team in World Cups prior to 1998 but 1990 included only one goalkeeper.

World Cup Goalkeeper included in the All-Star Team
1930 Uruguay Enrique Ballestrero
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 Sepp Maier
1978 Argentina Ubaldo Fillol
1982 Spain Dino Zoff
1986 Mexico Jean-Marie Pfaff
1990 Italy Luis Gabelo Conejo
Sergio Goycochea

The Yashin Award was first awarded in 1994.

World Cup Yashin Award winner
1994 United States Michel Preud'homme
1998 France Fabien Barthez
2002 Korea/Japan Oliver Kahn
2006 Germany Gianluigi Buffon

The award was renamed the Golden Glove Award in 2010.

World Cup Golden Glove Award winner
2010 South Africa Iker Casillas
2014 Brazil Manuel Neuer

Best Young Player Award

The 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.[34] The award is given to the best player in the tournament who is at most 21 years old. For the 2014 FIFA World Cup this meant that the player had to have been born on or after 1 January 1993. The election took place on FIFA's official World Cup website with the help of The FIFA Technical Study Group.[35]

[36] 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.[37]

World Cup 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 21
1998 France Michael Owen 18
2002 Korea/Japan Landon Donovan 20

The Best Young Player Award was first awarded in 2006.

World Cup Best Young Player Award Age
2006 Germany Lukas Podolski[34] 21
2010 South Africa Thomas Müller[38] 20
2014 Brazil Paul Pogba[39] 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 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.[40]

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.[41][42] Ever since 1994, it is simply a trophy with an elegant footballer figure.[43] 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.[44]

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 Korea/Japan  Belgium
2006 Germany  Brazil
2010 South Africa  Spain
2014 Brazil  Colombia

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,[45][46] the Man of the Match is since 2010 picked by an online poll on FIFA's website.[47][48]

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

Most Entertaining Team

The FIFA Award for the Most Entertaining Team was a subjectively awarded prize for the team which had done the most to entertain the public with a positive approach to the game, organised through public participation in a poll.[13] It was awarded between 1994 and 2006.[14]

World Cup Most Entertaining Team Award
1994 United States  Brazil[49]
1998 France  France[49]
2002 Korea/Japan  South Korea[50]
2006 Germany  Portugal[51]

All-Star Team

The All-Star Team is a team of the best performers at the respective World Cup finals. The ways in which the FIFA All-Star team members have been chosen has varied from year to year. A technical study group consisting of journalists - mostly of Europe and South America - and experts has historically chosen the team.[52] However, in 1994 FIFA decided to add an official squad, chosen by the FIFA technical group and under the brand name MasterCard All-Star Team.[53] The All-Star team wound up dropped prior to the 2010 tournament - coincidentally, three years after FIFA changed its sponsorship from MasterCard to Visa.[54]

All Star Team
World Cup Goalkeepers Defenders Midfielders Forwards
1930 Uruguay

Enrique Ballestrero

José Nasazzi
Milutin Ivković

Luis Monti
Álvaro Gestido
José Leandro Andrade

Pedro Cea
Héctor Castro
Héctor Scarone
Guillermo Stábile
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
Nándor Hidegkuti
Zoltán Czibor

Helmut Rahn
Ferenc Puskás
Sándor Kocsis

1958 Sweden

Harry Gregg

Djalma Santos
Nílton Santos

Danny Blanchflower
Gunnar Gren
Raymond Kopa

Just Fontaine

1962 Chile

Viliam Schrojf

Djalma Santos
Cesare Maldini
Valery Voronin
Karl-Heinz Schnellinger

Josef Masopust

Leonel Sánchez

1966 England

Gordon Banks

George Cohen
Bobby Moore
Silvio Marzolini

Franz Beckenbauer
Mário Coluna
Bobby Charlton

Flórián Albert
Uwe Seeler

1970 Mexico

Ladislao Mazurkiewicz

Carlos Alberto
Atilio Ancheta
Franz Beckenbauer
Giacinto Facchetti

Bobby Charlton

Gerd Müller

1974 West Germany

Sepp Maier

Berti Vogts
Ruud Krol
Franz Beckenbauer
Paul Breitner

Wolfgang Overath
Kazimierz Deyna
Johan Neeskens

Rob Rensenbrink
Johan Cruyff
Grzegorz Lato

1978 Argentina

Ubaldo Fillol

Berti Vogts
Ruud Krol
Daniel Passarella
Alberto Tarantini

Teófilo 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

Jean-Marie Pfaff

Manuel Amoros
Júlio César

Jan Ceulemans
Jean Tigana
Michel Platini
Diego Maradona

Preben Elkjær Larsen
Emilio Butragueño
Gary Lineker

1990 Italy

Sergio Goycochea
Luis Gabelo Conejo

Andreas Brehme
Paolo Maldini
Franco Baresi

Diego Maradona
Lothar Matthäus
Dragan Stojković
Paul Gascoigne

Salvatore Schillaci
Roger Milla
Jürgen Klinsmann

MasterCard All Star Team
World Cup Goalkeepers Defenders Midfielders Forwards
1994 United States[53]

Michel Preud'homme

Márcio Santos
Paolo Maldini

Krasimir Balakov
Gheorghe Hagi
Tomas Brolin

Hristo Stoichkov
Roberto Baggio

1998 France[55](1)

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[56](2)

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[57]

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


In addition to the 16 of the All-Star Team, 6 reserves were listed. They were Edwin Van der Sar, Juan Sebastian Verón, Thierry Henry, Jay Jay Okocha, Michael Owen and Christian Vieri.[55]


Again there were seven reserves. This time, they were Iker Casillas, Cafu, Dietmar Hamann, Joaquín, Hidetoshi Nakata Landon Donovan and Marc Wilmots.[56]

In 2010, an equivalent of the All Star Team was an online poll to Club members named "Dream Team", sponsored by Yingli.[58] The Dream Team poll returned the following Cup sponsored by Oi.[59]

Dream Team
World Cup Goalkeepers Defenders Midfielders Forwards Manager
2010 South Africa[58]

Iker Casillas

Philipp Lahm
Sergio Ramos
Carles Puyol

Bastian Schweinsteiger
Wesley Sneijder
Andrés Iniesta

David Villa
Diego Forlán

Vicente del Bosque

2014 Brazil[59]

Manuel Neuer

Marcelo (Brazil)
Mats Hummels (Germany)
Thiago Silva (Brazil)
David Luiz (Brazil)

Ángel Di María (Argentina)
Toni Kroos (Germany)
James Rodríguez (Colombia)

Lionel Messi (Argentina)
Thomas Müller (Germany)
Neymar (Brazil)

Joachim Löw

While FIFA had not released an official list for 2014, the Castrol Performance Index evaluating player performances regarding the games' statistical data finished with the following starting eleven.[60]

Castrol Index All Star Team
World Cup Goalkeepers Defenders Midfielders Forwards
2014 Brazil[60]

Manuel Neuer

Marcos Rojo (Argentina)
Mats Hummels (Germany)
Thiago Silva (Brazil)
Stefan de Vrij (Netherlands)

Oscar (Brazil)
Toni Kroos (Germany)
Philipp Lahm (Germany)
James Rodríguez (Colombia)

Arjen Robben (Netherlands)
Thomas Müller (Germany)

Only three players have been named in three separate All-Star teams: Djalma Santos in 1954, 1958 and 1962, Franz Beckenbauer in 1966, 1970 and 1974 and Philipp Lahm in 2006, 2010 and 2014. In total 21 others have been named in two separate All-Star teams: Luis Monti (1930 and 1934; representing Argentina and Italy respectively); Garrincha (1958 and 1962); Pelé (1958 and 1970); Bobby Charlton (1966 and 1970); Ruud Krol and 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).

Uruguay in 1930 and 1950, Germany and Italy in 2006, Spain in 2010 and Germany in 2014 are the only teams to have had a player in every position on the All-Star Team.

Uruguay in 1930 and Italy in 2006 have the most players selected in the All-Star Team with 7 players each. However, the 1930 selection only had 11 players overall, while the 2006 selection had 23.

37 different Brazilian players have been named in All-Star teams, Brazil is also the nation with most nominations with 44 nominees. No Brazilian goalkeeper has ever been nominated.

Only two Asian players have been named in All-Star teams, Hong Myung-bo and Yoo Sang-Chul of South Korea. Both were selected in 2002.

Similarly, only two African players have been named in All-Star teams, Roger Milla from Cameroon in 1990 and El Hadji Diouf from Senegal in 2002.

Only one player on the victorious 1986 Argentina team, Diego Maradona, was selected in that year's All-Star team.

Uniquely, brothers Brian Laudrup and Michael Laudrup were both selected for the All Star Team from Denmark in 1998 FIFA World Cup.


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External links

  • FIFA World Cup Awards
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