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.

Awards

Golden Ball

"FIFA World Cup Golden Ball" redirects here. For the women's award, see FIFA Women's World Cup 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 (Technical Study Group) and the winner voted for by representatives of the media.[4] 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.[5]

Official award

Golden Ball[6]
World Cup Golden Ball Silver Ball Bronze Ball
1982 Spain Italy Paolo Rossi Brazil Falcão West Germany Karl-Heinz Rummenigge
1986 Mexico Argentina Diego Maradona West Germany Harald Schumacher Denmark Preben Elkjær
1990 Italy Italy Salvatore Schillaci West Germany Lothar Matthäus Argentina Diego Maradona
1994 United States Brazil Romário Italy Roberto Baggio Bulgaria Hristo Stoichkov
1998 France Brazil Ronaldo Croatia Davor Šuker France Lilian Thuram
2002 South Korea/Japan Germany Oliver Kahn Brazil Ronaldo South Korea Hong Myung-bo
2006 Germany France Zinedine Zidane Italy Fabio Cannavaro Italy Andrea Pirlo
2010 South Africa Uruguay Diego Forlán Netherlands Wesley Sneijder Spain David Villa
2014 Brazil Argentina Lionel Messi Germany Thomas Müller Netherlands Arjen Robben
2018 Russia Croatia Luka Modrić Belgium Eden Hazard France Antoine Griezmann
Trophies by country
Nation Gold Silver Bronze 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 award

In July 1978, a panel of 23 international experts which consisted of critics, coaches, and former players each chose the five best players of the 1978 tournament.[7] Mario Kempes got the most votes as a result of the counting. FIFA website and RSSSF also mentioned Kempes as a Golden Ball winner.[8][9][10] The FIFA website and RSSSF only mention Dirceu as the Bronze Ball winner, even though Dirceu and Hans Krankl had the same amount of top five finishes.

Unofficial Best Player
World Cup Winner Runner-up Third place
1978 Argentina Argentina Mario Kempes Italy Paolo Rossi Brazil Dirceu

Notable former selections

Authoritative football historian and statistician Ejikeme Ikwunze, popularly called "Mr. Football", published a list of the best players in his book World Cup (1930-2010): A Statistical Summary,[11] and it gained the most attention among experts' selections about the best players until 1974. This work is part of the official FIFA library[12] and received public recognition from his former presidents Joao Havelange and Joseph Blatter.[citation needed] Sports Illustrated and a writer Nick Holt also reported the same list.[13][14] A considerable number of other media[15][16] including FIFA website agreed in several cases such as José Nasazzi,[17][18] Leônidas,[19] Zizinho,[20] Didí,[21][22][23] Garrincha,[24][25][26] Bobby Charlton,[27] Pelé (Gold and Silver Ball),[28][29] Johan Cruyff,[30] Franz Beckenbauer (Silver Ball),[31] Josef Masopust (Silver Ball),[32] Fritz Walter (Bronze Ball),[33] György Sárosi (Bronze Ball)[34] and Eusébio (Bronze Ball).[35] The FIFA website lists Sándor Kocsis as the 1954 Golden Ball winner.[36]

"World Cup (1930-2010): A Statistical Summary" book's Best Players
World Cup Winner Runner-up Third place
1930 Uruguay Uruguay José Nasazzi Argentina Guillermo Stábile Uruguay José Leandro Andrade
1934 Italy Italy Giuseppe Meazza Austria Matthias Sindelar Czechoslovakia Oldrich Nejedly
1938 France Brazil Leonidas da Silva Italy Silvio Piola Hungary György Sárosi
1950 Brazil Brazil Zizinho Uruguay Juan Alberto Schiaffino Uruguay Obdulio Varela
1954 Switzerland Hungary Sandor Kocsis Hungary Ferenc Puskas Germany Fritz Walter
1958 Sweden Brazil Didí Brazil Pelé France Just Fontaine
1962 Chile Brazil Garrincha Czechoslovakia Josef Masopust Chile Leonel Sánchez
1966 England England Bobby Charlton England Bobby Moore Portugal Eusébio
1970 México Brazil Pelé Brazil Gérson Germany Gerd Müller
1974 West Germany Netherlands Johan Cruyff Germany Franz Beckenbauer Poland Kazimierz Deyna

On August 2, 1950, the German newspaper Kicker (then Sport-Magazin) published an article, written by Dr. Friedebert Becker, in which Dr. Becker chose in his opinion the best players of the tournament.[37]

Dr. Friedebert Becker's Best Player
World Cup Winner Runner-up Third place
1950 Brazil Brazil Zizinho Uruguay Alcides Ghiggia Brazil Ademir

France Football, the sponsor of Golden Ball and Ballon d'Or, selected the best player of the 1966 FIFA World Cup at that time with L'Équipe, and Bobby Charlton became the winner.[38] The FIFA website also seems to agree on Bobby Charlton winning the Golden Ball[27] and Eusébio winning the Bronze Ball.[35]

France FootballL'Équipe Best Player
World Cup Winner Runner-up Third place Fourth place
1966 England England Bobby Charlton Germany Franz Beckenbauer Portugal Eusébio Soviet Union Valery Voronin

In 1998 the Argentinian newspaper Clarín provided a brief description of each star player dating back to 1930. Some are controversial decisions as is the case with retrospective awards.[39] The 1998 winner was awarded after the tournament ended.

Clarin’s retroactive World Cup player of the tournament (1930–1998)
World Cup Winner
1930 Uruguay Uruguay José Nasazzi
1934 Italy Italy Giuseppe Meazza
1938 France Brazil Leonidas da Silva
1950 Brazil Uruguay Obdulio Varela
1954 Switzerland Hungary Ferenc Puskas
1958 Sweden Brazil Pelé
1962 Chile Brazil Garrincha
1966 England Germany Franz Beckenbauer
1970 México Brazil Pelé
1974 West Germany Netherlands Johan Cruyff
1978 Argentina Argentina Mario Kempes
1982 Spain Italy Paolo Rossi
1986 Mexico Argentina Diego Maradona
1990 Italy Argentina Diego Maradona
1994 USA Brazil Romario
1998 France France Zinedine Zidane

Golden Boot

"FIFA World Cup Golden Boot" redirects here. For the women's award, see FIFA Women's World Cup 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,[6] under the name Golden Shoe.[5] It was rechristened Golden Boot in 2010.[40] FIFA sometimes lists the top goalscorers of previous Cups among the Golden Boot winners.[41]

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.[42][43] 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.[44]

Top Goalscorer[45][46]
World Cup Top goalscorer Goals Runners-up Goals Third place Goals
1930 Uruguay Argentina Guillermo Stábile 8 Uruguay Pedro Cea 5 United States Bert Patenaude 4
1934 Italy Czechoslovakia Oldřich Nejedlý 5[a] Germany Edmund Conen
Italy Angelo Schiavio
4 None
1938 France Brazil Leônidas 7[b] Hungary György Sárosi
Hungary Gyula Zsengellér
Italy Silvio Piola
5 None
1950 Brazil Brazil Ademir 8[c] Uruguay Óscar Míguez 5 Uruguay Alcides Ghiggia
Brazil Chico
Spain Estanislau Basora
Spain Telmo Zarra
4
1954 Switzerland Hungary Sándor Kocsis 11 Switzerland Josef Hügi
West Germany Max Morlock
Austria Erich Probst
6 None
1958 Sweden France Just Fontaine 13 Brazil Pelé
West Germany Helmut Rahn
6 None
1962 Chile Hungary Flórián Albert
Soviet Union Valentin Ivanov
Brazil Garrincha
Brazil Vavá
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Dražan Jerković
Chile Leonel Sánchez
4 None
None
1966 England Portugal Eusébio 9 West Germany Helmut Haller 6 Soviet Union Valeriy Porkujan
England Geoff Hurst
Hungary Ferenc Bene
West Germany Franz Beckenbauer
4
1970 Mexico West Germany Gerd Müller 10 Brazil Jairzinho 7 Peru Teófilo Cubillas 5
1974 West Germany Poland Grzegorz Lato 7 Poland Andrzej Szarmach
Netherlands Johan Neeskens
5 None
1978 Argentina[50] Argentina Mario Kempes 6 Peru Teófilo Cubillas 5 Netherlands Rob Rensenbrink 5
Golden Shoe[41]
World Cup Golden Shoe Goals Silver Shoe Goals Bronze Shoe Goals
1982 Spain Italy Paolo Rossi 6 West Germany Karl-Heinz Rummenigge 5 Brazil Zico 4
1986 Mexico England Gary Lineker 6 Spain Emilio Butragueño
Brazil Careca
Argentina Diego Maradona
5 None[51]
1990 Italy Italy Salvatore Schillaci 6 Czechoslovakia Tomáš Skuhravý 5 Cameroon Roger Milla
England Gary Lineker
4
1994 United States Russia Oleg Salenko[d]
Bulgaria Hristo Stoichkov[e]
6 None
Sweden Kennet Andersson
Brazil Romário
5[f]
1998 France[53] Croatia Davor Šuker 6 Argentina Gabriel Batistuta
Italy Christian Vieri
5 None[g]
2002 South Korea/Japan[54] Brazil Ronaldo 8[h] Germany Miroslav Klose
Brazil Rivaldo
5
2006 Germany[56] Germany Miroslav Klose 5 Argentina Hernán Crespo 3[i] Brazil Ronaldo 3[i]
Golden Boot[41]
World Cup Golden Boot Goals Silver Boot Goals Bronze Boot Goals
2010 South Africa Germany Thomas Müller 5[j] Spain David Villa 5[j] Netherlands Wesley Sneijder 5[j]
2014 Brazil Colombia James Rodríguez 6 Germany Thomas Müller 5 Brazil Neymar
4[k]
2018 Russia England Harry Kane 6 France Antoine Griezmann 4[l] Belgium Romelu Lukaku 4[l]
Notes
  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.[47]
  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.[47]
  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.[48][49]
  4. ^ Salenko is the only player to win the award playing for a team that were eliminated in the group stage. His six goals are the only international goals he ever scored.
  5. ^ Despite the assist tiebreaker, Salenko and Stoichkov remained tied with six goals and one assist each, and both received the Golden Shoe.[42]
  6. ^ Romário and Andersson surpassed the other two players with five goals (Jürgen Klinsmann and Roberto Baggio) by having three assists each.[42][52]
  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.[55]
  9. ^ 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).[57]
  10. ^ a b c Müller, Villa, Sneijder and Diego Forlán tied with five goals. Müller won by virtue of having more assists (three) 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.[58]
  11. ^ 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).[59]
  12. ^ a b Griezmann, Lukaku, Denis Cheryshev, Cristiano Ronaldo and Kylian Mbappé tied with four goals. In the assists tiebreaker, Griezmann won the Silver Boot by virtue of having two, while Lukaku got the Bronze Boot as he had one. The rest had zero.[60]

Golden Glove

"FIFA World Cup Golden Glove" redirects here. For the women's award, see FIFA Women's World Cup Golden Glove.

Official Award

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.[6] It was rechristened Golden Glove in 2010. 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.[61] The next tiebreakers are saves made, then minutes played.

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

Rumours

There was no official best goalkeeper award for the FIFA World Cup before 1994 but some blog level websites list Golden Glove winners starting from 1930. The list seems to match the All-Star team goalkeepers from different blog level websites[62] and other unofficial All-Star teams.[63][64][65][66][67] Other more official sources support some of these picks too.[68]

Unofficial[69][70]
World Cup Golden Glove
1930 Uruguay Uruguay Enrique Ballestrero
1934 Italy Spain Ricardo Zamora
1938 France Czechoslovakia František Plánička
1950 Brazil Uruguay Roque Máspoli
1954 Switzerland Hungary Gyula Grosics
1958 Sweden Northern Ireland Harry Gregg
1962 Chile Czechoslovakia Viliam Schrojf
1966 England England Gordon Banks
1970 Mexico Uruguay Ladislao Mazurkiewicz
1974 West Germany Germany Sepp Maier
1978 Argentina Argentina Ubaldo Fillol
1982 Spain Italy Dino Zoff
1986 Mexico Belgium Jean-Marie Pfaff
1990 Italy Costa Rica Gabelo Conejo

Argentina Sergio Goycochea

FIFA Young Player Award

"FIFA World Cup Best Young Player Award" redirects here. For the women's award, see FIFA Women's World Cup Young Player Award.

The FIFA Young Player Award was awarded for the first time at the 2006 World Cup in Germany and given to Germany's Lukas Podolski.[71] 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.[72]

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.[73] 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.[74]

YPA[75]
World Cup FIFA Young Player Age
1958 Sweden Brazil Pelé 17
1962 Chile Hungary Flórián Albert 20
1966 England West Germany Franz Beckenbauer 20
1970 Mexico Peru Teófilo Cubillas 21
1974 West Germany Poland Władysław Żmuda 20
1978 Argentina Italy Antonio Cabrini 20
1982 Spain France Manuel Amoros 21
1986 Mexico Belgium Enzo Scifo 20
1990 Italy Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Robert Prosinečki 21
1994 United States Netherlands Marc Overmars 20
1998 France England Michael Owen 18
2002 South Korea/Japan United States Landon Donovan 20
2006 Germany Germany Lukas Podolski[71] 21
2010 South Africa Germany Thomas Müller[76] 20
2014 Brazil France Paul Pogba[77] 21
2018 Russia France Kylian Mbappé[78] 19

FIFA Fair Play Trophy

"FIFA World Cup Fair Play Trophy" redirects here. For the women's award, see FIFA Women's World Cup 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.[79]

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.[80][81] Ever since 1994, it is simply a trophy with an elegant footballer figure.[82] 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.[83]

Peru's FIFA Fair Play trophy award. Peru won the award after receiving no yellow or red cards in the tournament.
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
 France
2002 South Korea/Japan  Belgium
2006 Germany  Brazil
 Spain
2010 South Africa  Spain
2014 Brazil  Colombia
2018 Russia  Spain

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,[84][85] the Man of the Match is since 2010 picked by an online poll on FIFA's website.[86][87]

World Cup Most Man of the Match wins Wins
2002 South Korea/Japan Brazil Rivaldo 3
2006 Germany Italy Andrea Pirlo 3
2010 South Africa Netherlands Wesley Sneijder 4
2014 Brazil Argentina Lionel Messi 4
2018 Russia France Antoine Griezmann
Belgium Eden Hazard
England Harry Kane
Croatia Luka Modrić
3

Total awards
As of 26 November 2022

Rank Player Man of the Match WC with awards
1 Argentina Lionel Messi 7 2010, 2014, 2018, 2022
Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo 2010, 2014, 2018, 2022
3 Netherlands Arjen Robben 6 2006, 2010, 2014
4 Uruguay Luis Suárez 5 2010, 2014, 2018
5 Belgium Eden Hazard 4 2014, 2018
Japan Keisuke Honda 2010, 2014
Germany Miroslav Klose 2002, 2006
France Kylian Mbappé 2018, 2022
Croatia Luka Modrić 2018, 2022
Germany Thomas Müller 2010, 2014
South Korea Park Ji-sung 2002, 2006, 2010
Colombia James Rodríguez 2014, 2018
Netherlands Wesley Sneijder 2010

By country
As of 28 November 2022

Rank Country Man of the Match Players
1  Brazil 24 16
2  Germany 22 12
3  France 19 11
4  Spain 18 12
5  Argentina 16 8
6  England 15 13
7  Netherlands 14 5
8  Mexico 13 10
 Portugal 7
10  United States 12 8

Most Entertaining Team

The Most Entertaining Team award 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[6] starting in 1994.[40]

World Cup Most Entertaining Team Award
1994 United States  Brazil[56]
1998 France  France[56]
2002 South Korea/Japan  South Korea[88]
2006 Germany  Portugal[89]
2010 South Africa  Germany
2014 Brazil  Colombia
2018 Russia  Belgium

All-Star Team

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 Study Group under the brand name MasterCard All-Star Team.[90] For 1998, 2002 and 2006, substitute and reserve members were also nominated for full squads.

Official team

All-Star Team
World Cup Goalkeepers Defenders Midfielders Forwards
1994 United States[90]

Belgium Michel Preud'homme

Brazil Jorginho
Brazil Márcio Santos
Italy Paolo Maldini

Brazil Dunga
Bulgaria Krasimir Balakov
Romania Gheorghe Hagi
Sweden Tomas Brolin

Brazil Romário
Bulgaria Hristo Stoichkov
Italy Roberto Baggio

1998 France[a][91]

France Fabien Barthez
Paraguay José Luis Chilavert

Brazil Roberto Carlos
France Marcel Desailly
France Lilian Thuram
Netherlands Frank de Boer
Paraguay Carlos Gamarra

Brazil Dunga
Brazil Rivaldo
Denmark Michael Laudrup
France Zinedine Zidane
Netherlands Edgar Davids

Brazil Ronaldo
Croatia Davor Šuker
Denmark Brian Laudrup
Netherlands Dennis Bergkamp

2002 South Korea/Japan[b][92]

Germany Oliver Kahn
Turkey Rüştü Reçber

Brazil Roberto Carlos
England Sol Campbell
Spain Fernando Hierro
South Korea Hong Myung-bo
Turkey Alpay Özalan

Brazil Rivaldo
Brazil Ronaldinho
Germany Michael Ballack
United States Claudio Reyna
South Korea Yoo Sang-chul

Brazil Ronaldo
Germany Miroslav Klose
Senegal El Hadji Diouf
Turkey Hasan Şaş

2006 Germany[93]

Italy Gianluigi Buffon
Germany Jens Lehmann
Portugal Ricardo

Argentina Roberto Ayala
England John Terry
France Lilian Thuram
Germany Philipp Lahm
Italy Fabio Cannavaro
Italy Gianluca Zambrotta
Portugal Ricardo Carvalho

Brazil Zé Roberto
France Patrick Vieira
France Zinedine Zidane
Germany Michael Ballack
Italy Andrea Pirlo
Italy Gennaro Gattuso
Portugal Luís Figo
Portugal Maniche

Argentina Hernán Crespo
France Thierry Henry
Germany Miroslav Klose
Italy Luca Toni
Italy Francesco Totti

  1. ^ In addition to the 16 of the All-Star Team, six reserves were listed: Netherlands Edwin van der Sar, Argentina Juan Sebastián Verón, France Thierry Henry, Nigeria Jay-Jay Okocha, England Michael Owen, and Italy Christian Vieri
  2. ^ In addition to the 16 of the All-Star Team, seven reserves were listed: Spain Iker Casillas, Brazil Cafu, Germany Dietmar Hamann, Spain Joaquín, Japan Hidetoshi Nakata, United States Landon Donovan, and Belgium Marc Wilmots

Unofficial team

FIFA published the first All-Star Team in 1938, but it never made All-Star Team again until 1990 due to ensuing complaints.[63] In January 1959, the host of 1958 tournament Swedish Federation published an All-Star Team based on 720 answers out of 1,200 experts.[64][94] In 1990 there was an All-Star Team announced in combination with the Golden Ball ceremony. It was chosen by the same journalists who chose the best player, but this team is still considered unofficial.[95][96]

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

Czechoslovakia František Plánička

Brazil Domingos da Guia
Italy Pietro Rava

Brazil Zezé Procópio
Italy Michele Andreolo
Italy Ugo Locatelli

Sweden Arne Nyberg
Italy Giuseppe Meazza
Brazil Leônidas
Hungary György Sárosi
Hungary Pál Titkos

No

reserves

1958 Sweden

Northern Ireland Harry Gregg

Sweden Orvar Bergmark
Brazil Bellini
Brazil Nílton Santos

Soviet Union Yuriy Voynov
West Germany Horst Szymaniak

Brazil Garrincha
Brazil Didi
France Raymond Kopa
Brazil Pelé
Sweden Lennart Skoglund

1990 Italy

Brazil Cláudio Taffarel

Brazil Jorginho
Italy Giuseppe Bergomi
Italy Franco Baresi
West Germany Guido Buchwald
West Germany Andreas Brehme

Italy Roberto Donadoni
West Germany Lothar Matthäus
Belgium Enzo Scifo

Italy Salvatore Schillaci
West Germany Jürgen Klinsmann

Costa Rica Gabelo Conejo
Brazil Branco
England Des Walker
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Dragan Stojković
Cameroon Roger Milla

After FIFA changed its sponsor from MasterCard to Visa in 2007,[97] it published Team of the Tournament based on statistical data of other sponsors, which evaluates players' performances. FIFA explained these are not official.[98]

Statistical Team of the Tournament
World Cup Goalkeepers Defenders Midfielders Forwards Standard
2010 South Africa[99]

Germany Manuel Neuer

Spain Joan Capdevila
Germany Philipp Lahm
Spain Carles Puyol
Spain Sergio Ramos

Netherlands Mark van Bommel
Germany Thomas Müller
Netherlands Wesley Sneijder
Spain Sergio Busquets

Spain David Villa
Uruguay Luis Suárez

Castrol performance index
2014 Brazil[100]

Germany Manuel Neuer

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

Brazil Oscar
Germany Toni Kroos
Germany Philipp Lahm
Colombia James Rodríguez

Netherlands Arjen Robben
Germany Thomas Müller

Castrol performance index
2018 Russia[98]

Belgium Thibaut Courtois

Sweden Andreas Granqvist
France Raphaël Varane
Brazil Thiago Silva
Colombia Yerry Mina

Russia Denis Cheryshev
Brazil Philippe Coutinho
Croatia Luka Modrić

England Harry Kane
Belgium Eden Hazard
France Antoine Griezmann

Fantasy football

Since 2010, the fans' Dream Team has been voted by online poll of FIFA website, but FIFA explained this is also not official team.[98]

Dream Team
World Cup Goalkeepers Defenders Midfielders Forwards Manager
2010 South Africa[101]

Spain Iker Casillas

Germany Philipp Lahm
Spain Sergio Ramos
Spain Carles Puyol
Brazil Maicon

Spain Xavi
Germany Bastian Schweinsteiger
Netherlands Wesley Sneijder
Spain Andrés Iniesta

Spain David Villa
Uruguay Diego Forlán

Spain Vicente del Bosque

2014 Brazil[102]

Germany Manuel Neuer

Brazil Marcelo
Germany Mats Hummels
Brazil David Luiz
Brazil Thiago Silva

Argentina Ángel Di María
Germany Toni Kroos
Colombia James Rodríguez

Brazil Neymar
Germany Thomas Müller
Argentina Lionel Messi

Germany Joachim Löw

2018 Russia[103]

Belgium Thibaut Courtois

Brazil Marcelo
France Raphaël Varane
Uruguay Diego Godín
Brazil Thiago Silva

Brazil Philippe Coutinho
Croatia Luka Modrić
Belgium Kevin De Bruyne

Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo
England Harry Kane
France Kylian Mbappé


Statistical teams

Since the beginning many newspapers gave players points to players based on their performances at the World Cup. Some are based in statistics, but some were just rankings given by experts.[104] Castrol Football has given retrospective rankings to players until 1966 with their expert panel consisting of people such as Cristiano Ronaldo, Arsène Wenger, Marcel Desailly, Cafu, Alan Shearer, Emilio Butragueño, Ronald Koeman, Pierluigi Collina, Ottmar Hitzfeld, Gary Bailey, Peter Stöger, Mohamed Al-Deayea and Stanislav Levý.[105]

Selected by Goalkeeper Defenders Midfielders Forwards
1958 Sweden
France Football[106]

Northern Ireland Harry Gregg

Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Vasilije Šijaković
Scotland Bobby Evans
Brazil Nílton Santos

Scotland Eddie Turnbull
Brazil Didi

Brazil Garrincha
France Just Fontaine
France Raymond Kopa
Brazil Pelé
Sweden Lennart Skoglund

1966 England
Castrol Football[107]

England Gordon Banks

England Ray Wilson
England Bobby Moore
West Germany Wolfgang Weber
England George Cohen

West Germany Helmut Haller
West Germany Franz Beckenbauer
Portugal José Augusto
England Martin Peters

Portugal Eusébio
Portugal José Torres

Sofascore[108]

Uruguay Ladislao Mazurkiewicz

England Jack Charlton
England Bobby Moore
North Korea Shin Yung-kyoo

England Martin Peters
England Bobby Charlton
West Germany Franz Beckenbauer
Germany Helmut Haller

Portugal Eusébio
Germany Uwe Seeler
Hungary Ferenc Bene

1970 Mexico
Castrol Football[109]

Soviet Union Anzor Kavazashvili

Uruguay Juan Mujica
Uruguay Roberto Matosas
Uruguay Atilio Ancheta
Uruguay Luis Ubiña

Brazil Rivellino
Peru Teófilo Cubillas
Uruguay Ildo Maneiro
Brazil Jairzinho

Brazil Pelé
West Germany Gerd Müller

Sofascore[110]

Italy Enrico Albertosi

Mexico Javier Guzmán
England Bobby Moore
Germany Franz Beckenbauer

Brazil Rivellino
Peru Teófilo Cubillas
Brazil Gérson
Brazil Jairzinho

Brazil Pelé
Germany Uwe Seeler
Germany Gerd Müller

1974 West Germany
Castrol Football[111]

Sweden Ronnie Hellström

Netherlands Ruud Krol
Netherlands Wim Rijsbergen
West Germany Franz Beckenbauer
Netherlands Wim Suurbier

Netherlands Johan Cruyff
Poland Kazimierz Deyna
Netherlands Arie Haan
Poland Grzegorz Lato

Netherlands Johnny Rep
West Germany Gerd Müller

El Gráfico[112]

Sweden Ronnie Hellström

West Germany Paul Breitner
West Germany Franz Beckenbauer
Netherlands Wim Rijsbergen
Poland Antoni Szymanowski

Sweden Ralf Edström
Poland Kazimierz Deyna
Netherlands Johan Neeskens

Poland Robert Gadocha
Netherlands Johan Cruyff
Poland Grzegorz Lato

Sofascore[113]

Sweden Ronnie Hellström

Germany Paul Breitner
Germany Franz Beckenbauer
Brazil Luís Pereira
Poland Antoni Szymanowski

Germany Rainer Bonhof
Poland Kazimierz Deyna
Netherlands Johan Neeskens

Sweden Ralf Edström
Netherlands Johan Cruyff
Poland Grzegorz Lato

1978 Argentina
Castrol Football[114]

Brazil Émerson Leão

Netherlands Ruud Krol
Argentina Daniel Passarella
Italy Gaetano Scirea
West Germany Manfred Kaltz

Netherlands Wim Jansen
Netherlands Arie Haan
West Germany Rainer Bonhof
Poland Grzegorz Lato

Argentina Mario Kempes
Austria Hans Krankl

Sofascore[115]

Peru Ramón Quiroga

Argentina Luis Galván
Netherlands Ruud Krol
Argentina Daniel Passarella

Germany Rainer Bonhof
Argentina Daniel Bertoni
Netherlands Arie Haan
Netherlands Willy van de Kerkhof
Netherlands Rob Rensenbrink

Argentina Mario Kempes
Germany Karl-Heinz Rummenige

1982 Spain
Castrol Football[116]

Poland Józef Młynarczyk

Italy Antonio Cabrini
West Germany Paul Breitner
Italy Gaetano Scirea
England Mick Mills

West Germany Uli Stielike
Brazil Zico
France Alain Giresse
West Germany Pierre Littbarski

Italy Paolo Rossi
Poland Zbigniew Boniek

Sofascore[117]

Poland Józef Młynarczyk

Peru Bruno Pezzey
Brazil Júnior
Argentina Daniel Passarella

France Alain Giresse
France Michel Platini
Brazil Zico
Belgium Franky Vercauteren
Poland Zbigniew Boniek

Italy Paolo Rossi
Germany Karl-Heinz Rummenige

1986 Mexico
France Football[118]

Belgium Jean-Marie Pfaff

Belgium Eric Gerets
West Germany Karlheinz Förster
France Maxime Bossis
France Manuel Amoros

West Germany Lothar Matthäus
Argentina Jorge Burruchaga
France Jean Tigana
Argentina Diego Maradona

Argentina Jorge Valdano
West Germany Klaus Allofs

Sofascore[119]

France Joël Bats

France Manuel Amoros
West Germany Andreas Brehme
Brazil Júlio César
Mexico Fernando Quirarte

Argentina Diego Maradona
Germany Lothar Matthäus
Argentina Jorge Burruchaga

Denmark Preben Elkjær
Brazil Careca
Soviet Union Igor Belanov

1990 Italy
Sofascore[120]

Czechoslovakia Jan Stejskal

England Mark Wright
Italy Franco Baresi
Romania Gheorghe Popescu

Spain Míchel
Germany Pierre Littbarski
Germany Lothar Matthäus
Germany Andreas Brehme
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Dragan Stojković

Czechoslovakia Tomáš Skuhravý
Cameroon Roger Milla

1994 USA
Sofascore[121]

Sweden Thomas Ravelli

Netherlands Ronald Koeman
Brazil Márcio Santos
Italy Paolo Maldini

Sweden Tomas Brolin
Romania Gheorghe Hagi
Brazil Dunga
Bulgaria Krasimir Balakov

Sweden Kennet Andersson
Germany Jürgen Klinsmann
Romania Florin Răducioiu

1998 France
Sofascore[122]

Paraguay José Luis Chilavert

France Lilian Thuram
Paraguay Celso Ayala
France Marcel Desailly
France Bixente Lizarazu

France Emmanuel Petit
Brazil Dunga
Argentina Juan Sebastián Verón
France Zinedine Zidane
Netherlands Wim Jonk

Germany Oliver Bierhoff

2002 South Korea & Japan
Sofascore[123]

Turkey Rüştü Reçber

Germany Torsten Frings
Spain Carles Puyol
Spain Fernando Hierro
Brazil Roberto Carlos

England David Beckham
Germany Dietmar Hamann
Germany Michael Ballack
Brazil Rivaldo

Brazil Ronaldo
Italy Christian Vieri

2006 Germany
Sofascore[124]

Switzerland Pascal Zuberbühler

Argentina Roberto Ayala
Italy Fabio Cannavaro
Italy Marco Materazzi

France Patrick Vieira
Ukraine Anatoliy Tymoshcuk
Switzerland Tranquillo Barnetta
Italy Andrea Pirlo
Argentina Juan Román Riquelme
Ukraine Maxym Kalynychenko

Germany Miroslav Klose

2010 South Africa
Sofascore[125]

Portugal Eduardo Carvalho

Germany Philipp Lahm
Spain Gerard Piqué
Brazil Juan

Spain Xavi
Germany Bastian Schweinsteiger
Argentina Lionel Messi
Netherlands Wesley Sneijder
Spain David Villa

Germany Thomas Müller
Uruguay Diego Forlán

2014 Brazil
Sofascore[126]

United States Tim Howard

Netherlands Stefan de Vrij
Netherlands Ron Vlaar
Switzerland Ricardo Rodríguez

Germany Toni Kroos
Netherlands Arjen Robben
Argentina Lionel Messi
Colombia James Rodríguez
Brazil Neymar

Germany Thomas Müller
France Karim Benzema

2018 Russia
WhoScored.com[127]

Denmark Kasper Schmeichel

Brazil Marcelo
Sweden Andreas Granqvist
Uruguay José María Giménez
Russia Mário Fernandes

Brazil Neymar
Belgium Kevin De Bruyne
Croatia Luka Modrić
England Kieran Trippier

Belgium Eden Hazard
England Harry Kane

Sofascore[128]

Belgium Thibaut Courtois

Brazil Marcelo
Sweden Andreas Granqvist
England John Stones
England Kieran Trippier

Belgium Kevin De Bruyne
France Antoine Griezmann
Croatia Luka Modrić

Belgium Eden Hazard
England Harry Kane
France Kylian Mbappé

Selections by media

Many different newspapers, sports journalists, managers and former players have picked their All-Star teams for the tournaments over the years. Newspapers which picked their All-Star teams include Sport-Magazin, Mundo Esportivo, France Football, Associated Press, Estadio, El Gráfico, Goles, Guerin Sportivo, Crónica, El Mercurio, La Prensa, Clarín, La Razón, El País, L'Équipe, Mundo Deportivo, De Volkskrant, La Gazzetta dello Sport, Don Balón, La Stampa, Kicker, Deporte Gráfico, Spotivo Sur, Match, Fußball Woche, Placar, Shoot!, BBC Sport, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Diario AS and Marca.

Sports journalists, managers and former players who picked their All-Star teams include Dr. Friedebert Becker, Gabriel Hanot, Enzo Bearzot, Pelé, Roberto Bettega, Eugenio Bersellini, Giovanni Trapattoni, Massimo Giacomini, Sandro Mazzola, Paolo Carosi, Jimmy Greaves, Pichi Alonso and Johan Cruyff.

All-Star Team
Selected by Goalkeeper Defenders Midfielders Forwards
1950 Brazil
Sport-Magazin[37]

Uruguay Roque Máspoli

Uruguay Matías González
Brazil Juvenal

England Billy Wright
Uruguay Obdulio Varela
Uruguay Víctor Rodríguez Andrade

Uruguay Alcides Ghiggia
Brazil Zizinho
Brazil Ademir de Menezes
Brazil Jair
Spain Agustín Gaínza

Mundo Esportivo[37][129]

Brazil Moacir Barbosa

Uruguay Matías González
Brazil Juvenal

Brazil Bauer
Uruguay Obdulio Varela
Uruguay Víctor Rodríguez Andrade

Uruguay Alcides Ghiggia
Brazil Zizinho
Brazil Ademir de Menezes
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Rajko Mitić
England Tom Finney

1954 Switzerland
Mundo Esportivo[130]

Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Vladimir Beara

Brazil Djalma Santos
Uruguay William Martínez
England Billy Wright

Austria Ernst Ocwirk
Hungary József Bozsik

Brazil Julinho
Hungary Sándor Kocsis
Hungary Nándor Hidegkuti
Uruguay Juan Alberto Schiaffino
West Germany Hans Schäfer

1958 Sweden
France Football[106]

Northern Ireland Harry Gregg

Sweden Orvar Bergmark
Brazil Hilderaldo Bellini
Brazil Nílton Santos

Northern Ireland Danny Blanchflower
Brazil Didi

Brazil Garrincha
France Just Fontaine
France Raymond Kopa
Brazil Pelé
Sweden Lennart Skoglund

Gabriel Hanot[106]

Soviet Union Lev Yashin

Brazil Djalma Santos
Brazil Hilderaldo Bellini
Brazil Nílton Santos

Soviet Union Yuriy Voynov
Brazil Didi

Brazil Garrincha
France Just Fontaine
France Raymond Kopa
Brazil Pelé
France Jean Vincent

1962 Chile
France Football[66]

Czechoslovakia Viliam Schrojf

Chile Luis Eyzaguirre
Uruguay Emilio Álvarez
West Germany Karl-Heinz Schnellinger
Czechoslovakia Ladislav Novák

Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Dragoslav Šekularac
Brazil Zito

Brazil Garrincha
West Germany Uwe Seeler
Soviet Union Viktor Ponedelnik
Brazil Mário Zagallo

1966 England
Associated Press[65]

England Gordon Banks

Brazil Djalma Santos
West Germany Willi Schulz
England Bobby Moore
Argentina Silvio Marzolini

West Germany Franz Beckenbauer
England Bobby Charlton
Soviet Union Valery Voronin

Hungary Ferenc Bene
Portugal Eusébio
Portugal António Simões

Estadio[67]

England Gordon Banks

Soviet Union Vladimir Ponomaryov
England Jack Charlton
England Bobby Moore
Argentina Silvio Marzolini

Hungary Flórián Albert
England Bobby Charlton
West Germany Franz Beckenbauer

England Geoff Hurst
Portugal Eusébio
Portugal António Simões

El Gráfico[67]

England Gordon Banks

Argentina Roberto Ferreiro
England Jack Charlton
England Bobby Moore
Argentina Silvio Marzolini

England Bobby Charlton
West Germany Franz Beckenbauer

Hungary Ferenc Bene
West Germany Uwe Seeler
Hungary Flórián Albert
Portugal António Simões

1974 West Germany
Estadio[131]

West Germany Sepp Maier

West Germany Berti Vogts
Chile Elías Figueroa
West Germany Franz Beckenbauer
West Germany Paul Breitner

Netherlands Wim Jansen
Netherlands Johan Neeskens
West Germany Wolfgang Overath

Poland Grzegorz Lato
Netherlands Johan Cruyff
Poland Robert Gadocha

English

and Italian journalists[132]

Poland Jan Tomaszewski

West Germany Paul Breitner
Netherlands Wim Rijsbergen
West Germany Franz Beckenbauer
Brazil Marinho Chagas

Netherlands Johan Neeskens
West Germany Wolfgang Overath
Poland Kazimierz Deyna

Poland Grzegorz Lato
Netherlands Johan Cruyff
Poland Robert Gadocha

De Volkskrant[133]

Sweden Ronnie Hellström

Argentina Enrique Wolff
Brazil Luís Pereira
West Germany Franz Beckenbauer
Netherlands Ruud Krol

Netherlands Johan Neeskens
Poland Kazimierz Deyna
Netherlands Willem van Hanegem

Argentina Rubén Ayala
Netherlands Johan Cruyff
Poland Robert Gadocha

1978 Argentina
Goles[134]

Argentina Ubaldo Fillol

Brazil Toninho
Netherlands Ruud Krol
Argentina Daniel Passarella
Italy Antonio Cabrini

Poland Zbigniew Boniek
Italy Romeo Benetti
Argentina Mario Kempes

Italy Franco Causio
Argentina Leopoldo Luque
Netherlands Rob Rensenbrink

Guerin Sportivo[135]

Argentina Ubaldo Fillol

Italy Claudio Gentile
Brazil Amaral
Argentina Daniel Passarella
Italy Antonio Cabrini

Netherlands Arie Haan
Argentina Mario Kempes
Brazil Dirceu

Austria Hans Krankl
Italy Paolo Rossi
Netherlands Rob Rensenbrink

Crónica and

El Mercurio[135]

Argentina Ubaldo Fillol

Austria Robert Sara
Netherlands Ruud Krol
Italy Gaetano Scirea
Italy Antonio Cabrini

Poland Kazimierz Deyna
Italy Romeo Benetti
Peru Teófilo Cubillas

Italy Franco Causio
Italy Roberto Bettega
Argentina Leopoldo Luque

Enzo Bearzot[135]

Argentina Ubaldo Fillol

Brazil Toninho
France Marius Trésor
Argentina Daniel Passarella
France Maxime Bossis

Hungary Sándor Pintér
Brazil Batista
Netherlands Arie Haan
Brazil Dirceu

Austria Hans Krankl
Argentina Mario Kempes

La Prensa[135]

Brazil