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
“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
“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.”