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The Best Ever XI of Ballon d’Or winners

Lev Yashin The Soviet goalkeeper remains the only custodian to have won the Ballon d’Or. He earned the nickname of Black Panther for his quick reflexes and reach. Yashin was a member of the inaugural European Championship winning Soviet Union side. Franz Beckenbauer The man credited with the invention of the libero position was the first ever defender to win ...

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Top 5 forwards to never win Ballon d’Or

Ferenc Puskas Puskas was the leading figure of the Mighty Magyars as they dominated the world of football in the 1950s, and are regarded amongst the greatest international sides of all time. Puskas was a prolific goalscorer for his national team as well as Budapest Honved for whom he scored at the rate of more than a goal per game. ...

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Top 5 midfielders to never win Ballon d’Or

Didi The Brazilian was the central figure for his national team at the 1958 World Cup triumph – Brazil’s first. The central midfielder possessed great stamina, vision, accurate passing and ball control – basically all the attributes that make a midfielder great. Didi used his skills to great advantage winning two World Cups and multiple club honours. He is also ...

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Top 5 defenders to never win a Ballon d’Or

Franco Baresi Baresi is considered to be the greatest defender to have played football. He had a 20-year storied career with AC Milan, during which he captained the side for 15 years and went on to win six league titles, three European Cups and two Intercontinental Cups. Priscinin, with his superb positioning and reading of the game was a joy ...

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The History of Manchester City F.C.

The year 2016 was a historic one for the four-time English champions Manchester City as they reached the semi-finals of the Champions League for the very first time. The Sky Blues are now a global brand and according to Forbes they are the sixth most valuable football club in the world worth a whopping $1.92 billion. However, a decade ago, ...

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Top 5 Goalkeepers to never the Ballon d’Or

Gianluigi Buffon Through the course of his long and illustrious career Gianluigi Buffon has won many trophies for both club and country. The Juventus and Italian national team number 1 has won seven league titles and two Coppa Italias with the Old Lady, while his international career reached its apotheosis at the 2006 World Cup as he helped the side ...

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The most undeserving Ballon d’Or winners

Michael Owen (2001) The 2000/01 season was a very successful one for Liverpool as they collected a treble of cups – the UEFA Cup, the FA Cup and the League Cup. At the forefront of the Reds’ unprecedented success was their forward Michael Owen as he racked in 24 goals from 46 appearances and went on to win the Ballon ...

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Top 6 Soccer Jersey Retired by clubs

Bobby Moore (Wes Ham United, #6) Bobby Moore is regarded amongst the greatest players to have ever adorned the Three Lions as well as the Hammers jersey. He was the captain of the England national team as they went on to win their only World Cup in 1966. The defender spent 16 years at Upton Park and is regarded amongst ...

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Five lesser known players to win the Ballon d’Or

Josef Masopust (1962) The Czechoslovakia midfielder won the 1962 Ballon d’Or after garnering 65 votes – 12 more than Benfica legend Eusebio and a further 32 more than 1. FC Koln’s Karl-Heinz Schnellinger. Masopust, a box-to-box midfielder, was the driving force behind Czechoslovakia’s run to the final of the 1962 World Cup; he also scored in the final against Brazil ...

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