Main menu


Tales from the Ballon d'Or Champions Book .. Legend Lev Yashin is the first goalkeeper to win the award

Many football stars have left indelible historical imprints inside the green rectangle during their football career full of titles and accomplishments, whether with the national teams or the clubs that defended their shirt, to succeed in engraving their names in letters of light in the records of the winners of the Golden Ball Award granted annually by the famous French magazine. France Football "for the best player in the world since its inception in 1956 until now.

Today, we are talking about the famous goalkeeper Lev Yashin, a player for Dynamo Moscow and the former Soviet Union, who entered history through the widest gates of history after becoming the first goalkeeper to succeed in crowning the Golden Ball award in 1963.

Yashin, the late from our world in 1990, won the Golden Ball in 1963 after winning 73 points in the race to vote, far ahead of the Italian second-place holder Jani Rivera, who got 55 points, while the Englishman Jimmy Graves came third with 50 points.

Lev Yashin, who is considered one of the most famous goalkeepers in football history, fought a career full of the Russian team Dynamo Moscow, who played with him between 1950 and 1970, during which he succeeded in crowning several titles, most notably the five-time Soviet Union champion, and 3 times cup champion.

At the international level, Lev Yashin, who is the only goalkeeper in history to win the Ballon d'Or, participated in 74 matches for the Soviet national team and won with him the title of the first edition of the European Nations Cup 1960, in addition to the fourth place in the 1966 World Cup, and the medal Olympic gold in 1956.