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5. 1956 – 3 points 

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Stanley Matthews (47) and Alfredo Di Stefano (44)

The inaugural Ballon d’Or. No matter how great other players were, Sir Stanley Matthews can always have the claim of winning the first ever. Noted for his fitness, Matthews played an exceptionally long career with Stoke City and Blackpool. He just has a sole FA Cup to his name but has a legacy like no other. He is also the oldest winner of the award, having received it at the age of 41.

Di Stefano was one of the Real Madrid greats. Having been a key player in the golden generation of players, it was a shock to many for him to come second to Matthews in the voting. Stefano would go on to win the award twice as well as a whole accolade of trophies, including 5 European Championships!

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