The Ballon d’Or is the highest individual distinction in the world of football and, obviously, it has been won by players of enormous quality, but other players who had seasons worthy of the award have also been on the way or close to being chosen. This is the XI combined with the players who stayed at the gates to win the Ballon d’Or:
Holland v Spain -World Cup / Soccrates Images/GettyImages
Real Madrid’s starting goalkeeper for 16 seasons in which he won 3 Champions Leagues, 3 Club World Cups and 5 leagues, among many other titles. In addition, he was key in winning the 2010 World Cup in South Africa with Spain. He finished in 4th place in the 08/09 season
Parma v AC Milan / New Press/GettyImages
One of the best right backs of all time who led Milan and the Brazilian National Team to win all possible titles. He was chosen in the historic starting eleven for the Ballon d’Or in 2020.
Soccer – 1994 UEFA Champions League Final – AC Milan vs FC Barcelona / Christian Liewig – Corbis/GettyImages
One of the best defenders in history who shone with Milan and in his best years was a true wall in the last defensive line. He was 3rd in the voting in 2003.
Real Madrid v Liverpool – UEFA Champions League Final / Michael Regan/GettyImages
Leader and captain of one of the best teams in history that won 3 consecutive Champions Leagues and shone for years in the Spanish National Team. He was 6th on the roster in the 2017 season.
Roberto Carlos of Real Madrid / Phil Cole/GettyImages
The best left back in history. With an unparalleled attacking projection and a spectacular punch, the Brazilian earned everyone’s respect and joined the world champion team in 2002 that won the Champions League with Real Madrid.
Images From The Book “In The Moment’ – By Tom Jenkins / Tom Jenkins/GettyImages
The Box-to-Box midfielder par excellence. Deployment, sacrifice and leadership at the service of Liverpool and the English National Team for years.
Juventus v FC Barcelona – UEFA Champions League Final / Chris Brunskill Ltd/GettyImages
He managed to get on the podium and be in 3rd place in three consecutive seasons (2009, 2010 and 2011) while he was 4th in 2012. One of the best midfielders in history with a vision of the game rarely seen.
Netherlands v Spain: 2010 FIFA World Cup Final / Jamie McDonald/GettyImages
Author of the most important goal in the history of Spanish football in South Africa 2010 was behind Messi that season. A different player capable of changing a game with a single pass.
Borussia Dortmund v FC Bayern Munich – UEFA Champions League Final / Alex Livesey/GettyImages
One of the biggest controversies in the history of the award. In 2013, he finished 3rd behind Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in an all-conquering season with Bayern Munich and shone at a superlative level.
Bayern Munchen v Dinamo Kiev – UEFA Champions League Group Stage / BSR Agency/GettyImages
The Polish striker was the one who suffered the most from the pandemic since it suspended the award when the Pole was the undisputed candidate to take it.
Thierry Henry of Arsenal celebrates / Shaun Botterill/GettyImages
One of the best French players in history was left in the door in 2023 against Pavel Nedvěd in one of the most controversial decisions in the history of the award.