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The 1956 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 Stanley Matthews on 18 December 1956.[1][2]

Matthews was the inaugural winner of the Ballon d'Or.[3]

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  1. ^ Despite being born in Argentina, Alfredo Di Stefano acquired Spanish citizenship in 1956, and went on to play for the Spanish national football team.[4]
  2. ^ Despite being born in Brazil, Júlio Botelho acquired Italian citizenship in 1956.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Pierrend, José Luis (23 October 2008). "European Footballer of the Year ("Ballon d'Or") 1956". RSSSF. Archived from the original on 16 January 2009. Retrieved 19 December 2008.
  2. ^ "50 Ans De Ballon D'Or" (in French). France Football. Retrieved 19 December 2008.
  3. ^ "European Footballer of the Year ("Ballon d'Or")". RSSSF. 22 October 2008. Archived from the original on 17 December 2008. Retrieved 19 December 2008.
  4. ^ "Europe dazzled by Di Stéfano". UEFA. 22 November 2004. Archived from the original on December 11, 2008. Retrieved 25 September 2014.

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