2. 1966 – 1 point
Bobby Charlton is an English and Manchester United legend. He holds numerous records for United and England and was a key member of the squad that won the first European Championship for United, even after the Munich air disaster. Re-establishing United as a force in English football, 1966 saw him play a key role in the English World Cup triumph, which might have swayed the vote in his favour for the Ballon d’Or.
Eusébio had another fine domestic season and was in the form of his life. He did not disappoint on the national stage as he dragged Portugal to a third-place finish in the World Cup, and was the top scorer with 9 goals. However, he lost by the narrowest of margins possible.