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The 1974 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 the Dutch striker Johan Cruyff on 31 December 1974.[1] There were 26 voters, from Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, East Germany, England, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Ireland, Romania, Soviet Union, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, West Germany and Yugoslavia.[2]

Cruyff became the first footballer who won the trophy three times, in 1971, 1973 and 1974. French playmaker Michel Platini and Dutch compatriot Marco van Basten also won the Ballon d'Or three times after him.[3]

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  1. ^ "Palmarès Ballon d'Or - 1974 - Johan Cruyff". France Football. 8 December 2013. Retrieved 1 April 2015.
  2. ^ "European Footballer of the Year ("Ballon d'Or") 1974". RSSSF. 1 May 2005. Archived from the original on 31 March 2015. Retrieved 1 April 2015.
  3. ^ "European Footballer of the Year ("Ballon d'Or")". RSSSF. 21 January 2011. Archived from the original on 31 March 2015. Retrieved 31 March 2015.

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