Memory Lane: Ballon d’Or winners down the years – in pictures

Ahead of the announcement of the winner of the 2016 Fifa Ballon d’Or, we take a look at some of the winners of its previous incarnation, when it was just the plain old Ballon d’Or aka the European Footballer of the Year. The annual award was presented by France Football after being conceived by chief magazine writer Gabriel Hanot and honoured the player deemed to have performed the best over the previous year, based on a voting by Europe-based journalists

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