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Top national teams with most Ballon d’Or winners

Germany and the Netherlands (7) The two rival nations have been the most dominant at the Ballon d’Or awards with their players collecting seven gongs each. For Germany the first win came from Gerd Muller, who claimed the award in 1970. Franz Beckenbauer won it twice in the 1970s before Karl-Heinz Rummenigge won it back-to-back in 1980 and 1981. Lothar ...

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5 all-time great sporting rivalries

Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have shared an intense rivalry over the course of their careers and are often mentioned in conversations about the greatest footballers of all time. However, such rivalry is not unique to football. Here’s a look at similar intense rivalries from other sports. Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier Two of the greatest boxers of all-time had an ...

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5 Most Significant Goals in World Cup History

Andres Iniesta (Spain vs. Netherlands, 2010 World Cup final) Spain have always produced talented footballers with regularity but somehow its national team always conspired to come out empty-handed from the major tournaments. However, they managed to assemble another fantastic squad in the late 2000s and the team ended their long drought for a major trophy by winning the 2008 European ...

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Top European clubs with most Ballon d’Or winners

Here’s the list of the top European clubs with most Ballon d’Or winners in their ranks throughout the history of the prestigious award. Barcelona (11) The Catalan giants lead the clubs with most Ballon d’Or winners, having seen a player win the individual honour 11 times while playing for them. The dominance of Lionel Messi at the awards has definitely ...

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Five players who returned to their old clubs

Paul Pogba Manchester United have signed Pogba from Juventus for a world record transfer fee. The Frenchman had joined the Red Devils from Le Havre in 2009 and stayed in the Manchester United reserves for two years before being promoted to the first team in 2011. However, he failed to make any major inroads in the senior side, and agitated ...

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Top 5 highly educated players of all time

Socrates The legendary Brazilian midfielder was renowned not just for his silky skills on the football pitch but also his philosophical musings about all that was happening around the world, and especially in his home country. The cerebral captain famously introduced a democratic system of decision making at his club Corinthians, where everyone from top players to the kit man ...

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The kidnapping of Barcelona star Quini

Football has become an absolute juggernaut now, with transfer fees having gone past the €100 million barrier. Transfers in the range of €30m-€40m have become commonplace and players live in a kind of bubble that it has become almost impossible for their fans to have any kind of interaction with them. However, not too long ago things were simpler. Even ...

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The Best Ever XI of Ballon d’Or winners

Lev Yashin The Soviet goalkeeper remains the only custodian to have won the Ballon d’Or. He earned the nickname of Black Panther for his quick reflexes and reach. Yashin was a member of the inaugural European Championship winning Soviet Union side. Franz Beckenbauer The man credited with the invention of the libero position was the first ever defender to win ...

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