Ballon d'Or 1961

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Omar Sívori, Ballon d'Or 1961

The 1961 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 Omar Sívori on 12 December 1961.[1]


Rank Name Club Nationality Points
1 Omar Sívori[a] Juventus  Italy 46
2 Luis Suárez Barcelona / Inter Milan  Spain 40
3 Johnny Haynes Fulham  England 22
4 Lev Yashin Dynamo Moscow  Soviet Union 21
5 Ferenc Puskás Real Madrid  Hungary 16
6 Alfredo Di Stéfano[b] Real Madrid  Spain 13
Uwe Seeler Hamburger SV  West Germany 13
8 John Charles Juventus  Wales 10
9 Francisco Gento Real Madrid  Spain 8
10 Bobby Charlton Manchester United  England 5
Gerhard Hanappi Rapid Wien  Austria 5
José Águas Benfica  Portugal 5
José Santamaría Real Madrid  Spain 5
Dragoslav Šekularac Red Star Belgrade  Yugoslavia 5
Josef Masopust Dukla Prague  Czechoslovakia 5
Gyula Grosics Tatabánya  Hungary 5
17 Mikheil Meskhi Dinamo Tbilisi  Soviet Union 4
Germano Benfica  Portugal 4
Danny Blanchflower Tottenham Hotspur  Northern Ireland 4
Kurt Hamrin Fiorentina  Sweden 4
Horst Szymaniak Karlsruher SC / Catania  West Germany 4
Viktor Ponedelnik SKA Rostov-on-Don  Soviet Union 4
23 Denis Law Manchester City / Torino  Scotland 3
Max Morlock 1. FC Nürnberg  West Germany 3
Horst Nemec Austria Wien  Austria 3
José Augusto Benfica  Portugal 3
Slava Metreveli Torpedo Moscow  Soviet Union 3
28 Jimmy Greaves Chelsea / Milan / Tottenham Hotspur  England 2
Lajos Tichy Honvéd  Hungary 2
Costa Pereira Benfica  Portugal 2
Gert Dörfel Hamburger SV  West Germany 2
Lucien Muller Stade Reims  France 2
Norbert Eschmann Stade Français   Switzerland 2
Pierre Bernard Sedan / Nîmes  France 2
35 Rudolf Kučera Dukla Prague  Czechoslovakia 1
Mário Coluna Benfica  Portugal 1
Eusébio Benfica  Portugal 1
Dumitru Macri Rapid București  Romania 1
Karl Stotz Austria Wien  Austria 1
Gernot Fraydl Austria Wien  Austria 1
Charles Antenen La Chaux-de-Fonds   Switzerland 1
Jimmy McIlroy Burnley  Northern Ireland 1
Karl Koller First Vienna  Austria 1


  1. ^ Despite being born in Argentina, Omar Sívori acquired Italian citizenship in 1961, and went on to play for the Italian national football team.[2]
  2. ^ Despite being born in Argentina, Alfredo Di Stefano acquired Spanish citizenship in 1956, and went on to play for the Spanish national football team.[3]


  1. ^ Pierrend, José Luis (1 February 2006). "European Footballer of the Year ("Ballon d'Or") 1961". RSSSF. Retrieved 26 August 2012. 
  2. ^ "Juve legend Sívori dies". Union of European Football Associations. 18 February 2005. Retrieved 26 August 2012. 
  3. ^ "Europe dazzled by Di Stéfano". UEFA. 22 November 2004. Archived from the original on December 11, 2008. Retrieved 6 December 2008. 

External links

  • France Football Official Ballon d'Or page
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