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Five Ballon d’Or 2016 nominees who deserve to win it before retirement

Andres Iniesta The Barcelona stalwart is widely regarded as the greatest midfielder of his generation. The playmaker extraordinaire has split many a defences with his vision and incisive passing, having inspired Barcelona to four Champions Leagues and eight league titles as well as the Spanish national team to the 2010 World Cup and two European Championships so far. Having done ...

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Greatest XI of players who never won the Champions League

Gianluigi Buffon One of the greatest goalkeepers of his generation, Buffon is still searching for his first Champions League win. The 2006 World Cup and a seven-time Serie A winner, has finished twice as runners-up – in 2003 and 2015 – but he hasn’t gone any further. Lilian Thuram The Frenchman was an integral part of the 1998 World Cup ...

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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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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 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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Today in football history: 2006 Calciopoli Scandal

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In the 2005/06 Serie A season, Juventus raced their way to the title and wrapped up the league, having finished 15 points ahead of Inter Milan but instead of being awarded the Scudetto the Old Lady were relegated to Serie B after a match-fixing scandal dubbed Calciopoli came to light. The scandal was uncovered in May 2006 and it implicated ...

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