Ballon d'Or 1971

The 1971 Ballon d'Or, given to the best football player in Europe as judged by a panel of sports journalists from UEFA member countries, was awarded to Johan Cruyff on 28 December 1971.[1]

Cruyff was the first Dutch national to win the award, and also the first Ajax player to win the trophy.[2]


Rank Player Nationality Club Points
1 Johan Cruyff  Netherlands Netherlands Ajax 116
2 Alessandro Mazzola  Italy Italy Internazionale 57
3 George Best  Northern Ireland England Manchester United 56
4 Günter Netzer  West Germany West Germany Borussia Mönchengladbach 30
5 Franz Beckenbauer  West Germany West Germany Bayern Munich 27
6 Gerd Müller  West Germany West Germany Bayern Munich 18
Josip Skoblar  Yugoslavia France Marseille 18
8 Martin Chivers[notes 1]  England England Tottenham Hotspur 12
9 Piet Keizer  Netherlands Netherlands Ajax 9
10 Bobby Moore  England England West Ham United 7
Ferenc Bene  Hungary Hungary Újpesti Dózsa 7
12 Yevgeniy Rudakov  Soviet Union Soviet Union Dynamo Kyiv 6
13 Giacinto Facchetti  Italy Italy Internazionale 4
Mimis Domazos  Greece Greece Panathinaikos 4
15 Pirri  Spain Spain Real Madrid 3
Dragan Džajić  Yugoslavia Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Red Star Belgrade 3
Berti Vogts  West Germany West Germany Borussia Mönchengladbach 3
18 Terry Cooper  England England Leeds United 2
Francis Lee  England England Manchester City 2
Wolfgang Overath  West Germany West Germany Köln 2
Wilfried Van Moer  Belgium Belgium Standard Liège 2
22 Bobby Charlton  England England Manchester United 1
Albert Shesternyov  Soviet Union Soviet Union CSKA Moscow 1


  1. France Football reports Chivers with 13 points.


  1. Pierrend, José Luis (7 Apr 2005). "European Footballer of the Year ("Ballon d'Or") 1971". RSSSF. Archived from the original on 18 January 2009. Retrieved 25 December 2008.
  2. "European Footballer of the Year ("Ballon d'Or")". RSSSF. 18 December 2008. Archived from the original on 17 December 2008. Retrieved 25 December 2008.

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