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The Golden Ball has been divided in the last decade in favor of Cristiano Ronaldo and Messi, except in 2018 when Luka modric managed to get the precious golden award. Before these two aliens shared the most important prize in the world of soccer, it was difficult for a footballer to win it on several occasions.
For example, Ronaldo Nazario he won it twice: in 1997 and 2002. The Brazilian is not only considered one of the best strikers of all time, but many claim that he is number 1 and that he was not even bigger due to the serious injuries he suffered throughout his career.
Ronaldo is a very dear man and it was last year when he decided to direct a football project such as that of Valladolid, which he owns. But now the Brazilian is the protagonist for some statements he has made in conversation with Alessandro Del Piero.
The five of Ronaldo
Whoever was a team player like him Barcelona or the Real Madrid He has revealed the names of the five footballers who, in his opinion, should have won the Ballon d’Or at some point in their careers. “Del Piero, Totti, Maldini, Raúl González … and Roberto Carlos I think also, because he was behind me twice in the voting. I think these players deserved it,” he said.
Those who were closest to achieving the precious trophy were Raul and Maldini. The now coach of Castile took the Silver Ball in 2001. Still today many do not understand how it could be Michael Owen the winner back then. The Italian was third in 1994 (behind Stoichkov and Baggio) and in 2003 (from Nedved and Henry).
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