MOTD podcast: Top 10 Ballon d'Or winners of Premier League era


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The Ballon d’Or has been soccer’s most prestigious particular person award since its inception in 1956.

In the initiating originate to Europeans, all avid gamers at European golf equipment grew to turn out to be eligible in 1995, earlier than all avid gamers from around the sector were regarded as from 2007.

There enjoy been 18 assorted winners in the Premier League generation, with Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi worthwhile it five times apiece between 2008 and 2017. However which could presumably be the most engrossing?

Gary Lineker caught up with Alan Shearer and Ian Wright to chat about it onthe most trendy Match of the Day: High 10 podcast.It’s probably you’ll perhaps note their comments under and fabricate your possess ranked checklist.

“These avid gamers enjoy potentially never been 10th in the leisure in their life,” Wright concluded. “Right here’s as tough because it gets.”

Roberto Baggio

Baggio (honest) joined Toto Schillaci at Juventus after the pair helped Italy reach the 1990 World Cup semi-finals

Ballon d’Or (1993), Uefa Cup, Serie A (2).

‘The Divine Ponytail’ launched himself to the sector as hosts Italy reached the 1990 World Cup semi-finals. That summer season the forward made a world-memoir transfer to Juventus and scored 30 in 43 in 1992-93 as Juve won the Uefa Cup.

After scoring five objectives at the 1994 World Cup, Baggio missed the decisive enviornment-kick as Brazil won the final on penalties, earlier than worthwhile Serie A with Juve and AC Milan.

Shearer: “He could well play anywhere all the draw thru the entrance. He had hasty toes and was gigantic travelling with the ball.”

Wright: “Toto Schillaci bought the objectives in 1990 nonetheless at that tournament, along side Paul Gascoigne, Baggio was excellent. He dealt with the stress of playing in his possess nation and being their artistic player.”

Marco van Basten

Van Basten was the pinnacle scorer at Euro 1988 with five objectives, including this volley as the Netherlands beat the U.S. in the final

Ballon d’Or (1988, 1989, 1992), European Championship, European Cup (2), Cup Winners’ Cup, Eredivisie (3), Serie A (3)

The Dutch striker joined AC Milan from Ajax in 1987 and won the Ballon d’Or thrice in the next five years.

Throughout 1991-92 he scored 29 objectives in 38 video games in all competitions as Milan went the Serie A season unbeaten, nonetheless a year later an ankle damage ended his playing profession at merely 28.

Wright: “Fabio Capello acknowledged he was the proper player he ever coached, he was ‘the Swan’ (of Utrecht). He was hasty, could well preserve it up, head it, and utilize both toes.”

Shearer: “He was a entire centre-forward. There wasn’t the leisure he wasn’t perfect at. And let’s discuss about that volley – the connection, the technique – it was sensational!”

Luis Figo

A pig’s head was among the many objects thrown at Figo when he returned to Barcelona with Trusty Madrid in November 2002

Ballon d’Or (2000), Champions League, Cup Winners’ Cup, La Liga (4), Serie A (4)

The Portuguese winger left Sporting Lisbon in 1995 to place himself as piece of Barcelona’s star-studded assault and, after searching at crew-mates Ronaldo and Rivaldo gain the Ballon d’Or, it was Figo’s turn after coming to the fore throughout 1999-2000.

Love Ronaldo, his Ballon d’Or form resulted in a world-memoir transfer, nonetheless Figo angered Barca fans by joining bitter opponents Trusty Madrid to turn out to be the novel Galactico. His Trusty stint was equally successful and he ended his profession by worthwhile Serie A in every of his four seasons with Inter Milan.

Shearer: “We were blissful against Portugal at Euro 2000. Then he stepped on the gasoline and they won 3-2. He went past avid gamers esteem it was straightforward, easy. And he had the balls to lope from Barca to Trusty.”


Kaka scored three objectives as Milan beat Manchester United 5-3 on mixture in the 2006-07 Champions League semi-finals

Ballon d’Or (2007), World Cup, Champions League, La Liga, Serie A

Merely a squad member as Brazil won the 2002 World Cup, the forward went on to gain Serie A in his first season at AC Milan (2003-04) earlier than turning into Milan’s top scorer after Andriy Shevchenko’s transfer to Chelsea in 2006.

Kaka scored 10 objectives throughout the 2006-07 Champions League, with Milan beating Liverpool in the final, and in 2009 he made a world-memoir transfer to Trusty Madrid, worthwhile La Liga in 2011-12 whereas playing a supporting role to a obvious Cristiano Ronaldo.

Wright: “That game against Manchester United (first leg) was virtually the proper performance. He scored twice and his general play was exemplary.”

Shearer: “He was so hasty, trim and cozy. He had gigantic imaginative and prescient and scored some fabulous objectives.”

Lionel Messi

Messi succeeded Luka Modric final year to manufacture it a memoir six Ballon d’Or wins for the Argentine forward

Ballon d’Or (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2019), Champions League (4), La Liga (10)

Messi succeeded Ronaldinho as Barcelona’s most engrossing attacking possibility and the significant season he was top scorer (2008-09) they won La Liga and the Champions League, earning the Argentine forward his first Ballon d’Or.

He won it once more the next three years, scoring 73 in 60 in 2011-12, and regained it after a fourth Champions League gain in 2015. Messi went clear of Ronaldo for a memoir sixth Ballon d’Or after worthwhile his 10th La Liga title final year. The pair now enjoy over 700 profession objectives every – and they are doubtless to be now not done but.

Shearer: “The fashioned that these two enjoy blueprint, they’ve taken purpose-scoring to a outlandish stage. Scrutinize at how many appearances and objectives they’ve had, or now not it’s bonkers!

“We’re so lucky to reside in this generation where we’re seeing the soccer these two safe. To safe to the pinnacle is one ingredient, nonetheless to close there and revel in that hunger to engage care of on performing – I can not emphasise ample the dedication they must must preserve doing it year in, year out.”


Rivaldo scored a hat-trick on the final day of 2000-01, including a final-minute overhead kick, to substantiate Barca beat Valencia and licensed for the Champions League

Ballon d’Or (1999), World Cup, Copa The US, Champions League, La Liga (2).

The Brazilian forward joined Barcelona from Deportivo La Coruna in 1997 and won the Spanish double in his first season. He then scored 29 in 48 in 1998-99 as Barca defended the league title earlier than helping Brazil gain the Copa The US that summer season.

Rivaldo scored 130 objectives in five seasons with Barca, plus one other five as Brazil won the 2002 World Cup, earlier than initiating a nomadic near his dart by worthwhile the Champions League in his most engrossing season with AC Milan (2002-03).

Wright: “He was genuinely exiguous nonetheless I thought he was attractive in the 2002 World Cup final and scored some fabulous objectives at Barca – esteem that overhead kick against Valencia.”


Ronaldinho got a standing ovation after scoring twice as Barca won 3-0 at Trusty Madrid in November 2005

Ballon d’Or (2005), World Cup, Copa The US, Champions League, Copa Libertadores, La Liga (2), Serie A

The forward had already helped Brazil gain the 2002 World Cup whereas with Paris St-Germain nonetheless joined Barca in 2003. In 2004-05 he helped them gain La Liga for the significant time in six years and in 2005-06 they retained the title and grew to turn out to be champions of Europe for the significant time since 1991.

Ronaldinho later won Serie A with AC Milan (2010-11) and returned to Brazil to gain the Copa Libertadores with Atletico Mineiro in 2013, turning into the significant man to gain both the Ballon d’Or and the South American Footballer of the 365 days awards.

Shearer: “He had that stepover, where he could well lope both methods. The whip and bend he positioned on free-kicks, his balance, ball alter and the no-gaze scuttle.”

Wright: “I enjoy in thoughts that game at the Bernabeu, all the pieces he did worked, and they gave him a standing ovation. He is the roughly player that makes the game gentle.”


Bobby Robson paid a world-memoir payment to price Ronaldo for Barcelona in 1996 – earlier than Newcastle broke the memoir once more that summer season to price Shearer from Blackburn

Ballon d’Or (1997, 2002), World Cup (2), Copa The US (2), Cup Winners’ Cup, Uefa Cup, La Liga

The Brazilian striker spent one scintillating season with Barcelona, scoring 47 in 49 to gain the Cup Winners’ Cup in 1996-97, earlier than making a world-memoir transfer to Inter Milan and worthwhile the Golden Ball at the 1998 World Cup.

Ronaldo recovered from a significant knee damage to be top scorer as Brazil won the 2002 World Cup and grew to turn out to be one amongst Trusty Madrid’s Galactico signings in 2002 earlier than playing for AC MIlan.

Shearer: “Scrutinize at the golf equipment he’s performed for, and his purpose-scoring memoir at PSV Eindhoven and Barcelona. When Bobby Robson came to Newcastle he acknowledged he enquired about me going to Barcelona nonetheless Blackburn acknowledged I wasn’t for sale so they signed Ronaldo instead. I focus on they bought an honest deal!”

Cristiano Ronaldo

After seeing Messi gain the Ballon d’Or four years working, Ronaldo was emotional as he won it for a 2d time in 2013

Ballon d’Or (2008, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017), European Championship, Champion League (5), Premier League (3), La Liga (2), Serie A.

Trusty Madrid signed two Ballon d’Or winners for world-memoir expenses in the space of three days as Cristiano Ronaldo joined Kaka at the Bernabeu in 2009. The Portuguese forward had scored 42 in 49 in 2007-08 as United won the Premier League and Champions League.

And so began a non-public duel with Lionel Messi, breaking every form of purpose-scoring recordsdata along the reach, with Ronaldo worthwhile the Ballon d’Or once more in 2013 and helping Trusty gain the Champions League in four out of five years. He joined Juventus in 2018, worthwhile Serie A in his first season.

Wright: “He’s done it in assorted leagues and constantly pushes himself. His work-payment, his full drive for perfection, to safe where he’s, I focus on he pips it as the pinnacle man. Even at 35, there’s no resting on his laurels. He’s an fabulous role model.”

Shearer: “Ronaldo’s made himself as perfect as he’s. He’s had to work laborious, or now not it’s potentially been extra pure for Messi by reach of skill, nonetheless they’re both staggering.”

Zinedine Zidane

Zidane was sent off in the group stage of the 1998 World Cup nonetheless returned to attain twice in the final

Ballon d’Or (1998), World Cup, European Champiosnhip, Champions League, Serie A (2), La Liga

After worthwhile Serie A and reaching the Champions League final in his first two seasons with Juventus, Zidane helped France gain the 1998 World Cup, scoring twice as the hosts upset Brazil in the final.

The midfielder made a world-memoir transfer in 2001, scoring a image-book volley in the final as Trusty Madrid won the Champions League in his first season, and retired after an eventful 2006 World Cup, worthwhile the Golden Ball and being sent off as France lost in the final.

Wright: “When of us direct poetry in motion, you gaze Zidane and you safe it.”

Shearer: “He was the proper player I ever performed against. His balance stood out to me, and his potential to manipulate the ball with either foot. The reach he went past of us and caressed or ‘cherished’ the ball, was merely unbelievable.”

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