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History: First Ballon d'Or winner in 1953

Stanley Matthew of the Blackpool was the inaugural winner of the Ballon d'Or prior to 2007, the award was generally knows as the continental European Footballer of the year award in English language and much international Media even after 2007 it was usually identify with and referred to by that name because of its origin as European award, untill it was merged with FIFA's World Player.

Stanley Matthews, was an English Footballer who played as an Outside right. Often regarded as one of the greatest player of the British game, he is the only player to have been knighted while still playing football, as well as being the first winner of both the European Footballer of the year and he Football writers Association Footballer of the year awards. Matthews' Nicknames included "The Wizard of the Dribble" and "The Magician"

Matthews kept fit enough to play at the top level untill he was 50 years old. Matthews was also the oldest player ever to play in England's top football division (50 years and 5 days) and the oldest player ever to represent the country (42 years and 104 days)

He spent 19 years with Stoke City, Playing for the potter from 1932 to 1947, and again 1961 to 1965. He helped stoke to the second Division titles 1932-33 and 1962-63. Between his two spells at stoke he spent 14 years with Blackpool. In 1956, he was named the winner of the inaugural ballon d'Or, a prize given to best European Footballer each year. Between 1934 and 1957, he won 54 caps for England, playing in the FIFA world cup in 1950 and 1954, and wining nine British Home Championship titles.

Date of birth: 1 February 1915

Place of birth: Hanley, Stoke on Trent, England

Date of birth: 23 February 2000


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