The FIFA World Cup 2022 is quickly approaching, and teams and spectators alike are already anticipating the biggest sporting event on earth. The club football season will be suspended to make room for the World Cup, which will take place in the winter for the first time ever.
The top athletes in the world will be in Qatar for this World Cup, as they are for every other one. While winning the trophy is the ultimate honor, there are also individual awards.
The World Cup in Qatar will include five individual prizes, like with every edition. These include the Golden Boot (best goalie), Golden Glove (top scorer), FIFA Young Player Award, FIFA Fair Play Trophy, and Golden Ball (awarded to the World Cup’s greatest player).
So being a Golden Ball winner is really a big deal for an individual player but obviously winning World Cup is the other thing. Last time when a player won the Golden Ball and his team also won the World Cup, that happen in 1994 when Romario, who won it while playing for Brazil and Brazil also won the World Cup that year.
So, let’s check the list of Golden Ball winners in the last 10 World Cup editions
2018 – Luka Modric while playing it for Croatia, Runner Up – Eden Hazard for Belgium
2014 – Lionel Messi while playing for Argentina, Runner Up – Thomas Muller for Germany
2010 – Diego Forlan while playing for Uruguay, Runner Up – Wesley Sneijder for the Netherlands
2006 – Zinedine Zidane while playing for France, Runner Up – Fabio Cannavaro for Italy
2004 – Oliver Kahn while playing for Germany, Runner Up – Ronaldo for Brazil
1998 – Ronaldo while playing for Brazil, Runner Up – Davor Suker for Croatia
1994 – Romario while playing for Brazil, Runner Up – Roberto Baggio for Italy
1990 – Salvatore Schillaci while playing for Italy, Runner Up – Loath Matthaus for West Germany
1986 – Diago Maradona while playing for Argentina, Runner Up Harald Schumacher for West Germany
1982 – Paolo Rossi while playing for Italy and the Runner Up was Falcao for Brazil.
Let’s see who will be the top scorer of the FIFA World Cup 2022 Qatar and name this prestigious award to himself. Will Ronaldo win the Golden Ball this year? As he hasn’t won any Golden Ball in his massive and incredible career.