Ballon d'Or 2001

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2001 Ballon d'Or winner Michael Owen

The 2001 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 Michael Owen on 18 December 2001.[1]

Owen was the fourth English national to win the award after Stanley Matthews (1956), Bobby Charlton (1966) and Kevin Keegan (1978, 1979). He was also the first Liverpool player to win the trophy.[2]


Rank Name Club Nationality Points
1 Michael Owen England Liverpool  England 176
2 Raúl Spain Real Madrid  Spain 140
3 Oliver Kahn Germany Bayern Munich  Germany 114
4 David Beckham England Manchester United  England 102
5 Francesco Totti Italy Roma  Italy 57
6 Luís Figo Spain Real Madrid  Portugal 56
7 Rivaldo Spain Barcelona  Brazil 20
8 Andriy Shevchenko Italy Milan  Ukraine 18
9 Thierry Henry England Arsenal  France 14
Zinedine Zidane Spain Real Madrid  France 14
11 Bixente Lizarazu Germany Bayern Munich  France 10
12 David Trezeguet Italy Juventus  France 7
13 Stefan Effenberg Germany Bayern Munich  Germany 6
14 Henrik Larsson Scotland Celtic  Sweden 4
Alessandro Nesta Italy Lazio  Italy 4
16 Juan Sebastián Verón England Manchester United/ Italy Lazio  Argentina 3
Hernán Crespo Italy Lazio  Argentina 3
18 Giovane Élber Germany Bayern Munich  Brazil 2
Gaizka Mendieta Spain Valencia / Italy Lazio  Spain 2
Roberto Carlos Spain Real Madrid  Brazil 2
Damiano Tommasi Italy Roma  Italy 2
Sami Hyypiä England Liverpool  Finland 2
Emmanuel Olisadebe Greece Panathinaikos  Poland 2
Ebbe Sand Germany Schalke 04  Denmark 2
25 Roberto Baggio Italy Brescia  Italy 1
Steven Gerrard England Liverpool  England 1
Rui Costa Italy Milan  Portugal 1

Additionally, twenty two players were nominated but received no votes: Sonny Anderson, Fabien Barthez, Gabriel Batistuta, Gianluigi Buffon, Cafu, Vincent Candela, Alessandro Del Piero, Marcel Desailly, Rio Ferdinand, Ryan Giggs, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, Iván Helguera, Harry Kewell, Patrick Kluivert, Samuel Kuffour, Hidetoshi Nakata, Pavel Nedvěd, Pauleta, Robert Pirès, Paul Scholes, Lilian Thuram, and Patrick Vieira.


  1. Pierrend, José Luis (26 March 2005). "European Footballer of the Year ("Ballon d'Or") 2001". RSSSF. Archived from the original on 16 February 2009. Retrieved 3 February 2009.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "European Footballer of the Year ("Ballon d'Or")". RSSSF. 16 January 2009. Archived from the original on 12 February 2009. Retrieved 3 February 2009.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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