RANKED: TOP 5 Greatest Ballon d’Or Winners Of All Time

RANKED: TOP 5 Greatest Ballon d’Or Winners Of All Time

The Ballon d’Or is an award which has captured the imagination of football fans, pundits, and players all over Europe and the world. In 2007, the award became truly global including all the players from around the world. And down we rank some of the best.

5. Johan Cruyff

Johan Cruyff at FC BarcelonaCruyff redefined the way the game was played and won the Ballon d’Or award an incredible 3 times (1971,1973,1974). Barcelona’s ex-President Joan Laporta hit the nail on the head when he said:

“As a player, he turned football into an art form. Johan came along and revolutionized everything. The modern-day Barça started with him, he is the expression of our identity, he brought us a style of football we love.”

4. Zinedine Zidane

A true big match player, Zidane won the Ballon d’Or in 1998 for his stunning performances with the French national team and Italian giants Juventus. His idol, Platini knew just how good Zidane was:

“Technically, I think he is the king of what’s fundamental in the game — control and passing. I don’t think anyone can match him when it comes to controlling or receiving the ball.”

3. Ronaldo Nazario

When a player plays for Barcelona, Real Madrid, Inter Milan and AC Milan and still has no haters, you know that he is something special. Winner of the Ballon d’Or in 1997 and 2002, Ronaldo was almost unplayable.

Emerson articulated what many fans and pundits were feeling when he said: “I wasn’t able to see Pelé play, but I’ve seen Ronaldo, and I’ve never seen a player like him. He’s unique, number one in everything.”

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