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Top 5 Goalkeepers to never the Ballon d’Or

Gianluigi Buffon Through the course of his long and illustrious career Gianluigi Buffon has won many trophies for both club and country. The Juventus and Italian national team number 1 has won seven league titles and two Coppa Italias with the Old Lady, while his international career reached its apotheosis at the 2006 World Cup as he helped the side ...

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Top 5 Best women footballers to win the FIFA Ballon d’Or

Marta The Brazilian star is one of the greatest female footballers of all time. Pele himself has reported to have called her “Pele in skirts.” She holds records galore. With 15 strikes she is the record holder for most goals scored at FIFA Women’s World Cup tournaments. She was a member of the Brazilian national teams that won the silver ...

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The most undeserving Ballon d’Or winners

Michael Owen (2001) The 2000/01 season was a very successful one for Liverpool as they collected a treble of cups – the UEFA Cup, the FA Cup and the League Cup. At the forefront of the Reds’ unprecedented success was their forward Michael Owen as he racked in 24 goals from 46 appearances and went on to win the Ballon ...

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Five Rising stars who can potentially win the FIFA Ballon d’Or

Paul Pogba The Frenchman, still only 23, has already collected four league titles with Juventus and has been an integral part of their midfield ever since his move to Turin from Manchester United in the summer of 2012. The midfielder took 15th spot in the Ballon d’Or voting last January, and that says it all about his place amongst the ...

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Top 6 Soccer Jersey Retired by clubs

Bobby Moore (Wes Ham United, #6) Bobby Moore is regarded amongst the greatest players to have ever adorned the Three Lions as well as the Hammers jersey. He was the captain of the England national team as they went on to win their only World Cup in 1966. The defender spent 16 years at Upton Park and is regarded amongst ...

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Greatest Football Controversies: Five most controversial red cards of all-time

Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal vs. Chelsea) During the 2013/14 Premier League season, Arsenal were stripped 6-0 at Stamford Bridge, but apart from the harrowing scoreline the game is also remembered for one of the most bizarre red cards in football history. A penalty was awarded to the hosts after Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain tipped Eden Hazard’s shot around a post with his hand. ...

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Five lesser known players to win the Ballon d’Or

Josef Masopust (1962) The Czechoslovakia midfielder won the 1962 Ballon d’Or after garnering 65 votes – 12 more than Benfica legend Eusebio and a further 32 more than 1. FC Koln’s Karl-Heinz Schnellinger. Masopust, a box-to-box midfielder, was the driving force behind Czechoslovakia’s run to the final of the 1962 World Cup; he also scored in the final against Brazil ...

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Five Best Soccer Players to never win the Ballon d’Or

Ferenc Puskas The mighty Magyar is rightly counted amongst the greatest players to have graced the beautiful game. His goalscoring heroics are of legendary proportions. Puskas racked 84 goals in 85 international matches for the Hungarian national team and 514 goals in 529 league games. Not just the numbers, but Puskas always got the timing right as well. The three-time ...

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Why Cristiano Ronaldo is Europe’s best soccer player of all-time

Photo credits: Paul Not everyone recognizes Cristiano Ronaldo as one of the best players in the history of football, but the day the legendary forward decides to hang up his boots and lets the dust settle behind him, everyone will be deemed to acknowledge the exceptional career that the Portuguese stalwart has had. The former Manchester United winger has won ...

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5 promising footballers who failed badly

Anderson The former Brazil international has had a well decorated career so far. During his eight-year stint at Manchester United, he went on to collect four Premier League titles, two League Cups and the 2008 Champions League amongst others. However, even the keenest of football watchers will be at pains to find out any real impact that the Brazilian made ...

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