In the last 10 years, Ronaldo & Messi has dominated the football world and their impact and aggressiveness has reduced the spotlight other excellent footballers are meant to enjoy.
The FIFA Ballon D’or has been going back and forth between these two footballer wizards.
Well, below are 8 Footballers who could have won the Ballon D’or award if Messi and Ronaldo didn’t dominate the football.
Xavi Hernandez is one of the football finest midfielders. He played for Barcelona and for Spain national team, with which he recorded so many awards to his name.
He came close to winning the World best player if Ronaldo and Messi weren’t dominating in 2009 and in 2011.
He won 6 trophies in 2009 and 11 and was the second European best player in 2011.
2. Frank Riberry
The French man who quit International football earlier than expected, played for Bayern Munich.
He played there and won several Bundesliga titles and had one of the best pairs with the Dutch winger, Arjen Robben.
He came close to Winning the Best player in 2013 where he finished 3rd behind Ronaldo and Messi.
3. Arjen Robben
The Netherland winger and Bayern significant winger had quite a great career at Bayern, haven scored important goals and won several Bundesliga titles with his iconic peer Frank Ribbery.
He was an outstanding winger and always made it to the FIFA first 11 teams.
4. Andreas Iniesta
Yet another Midfield Maestro. He was a well-respected midfielder as he played for Barcelona and Spain with his fellow Maestro Xavi.
He scored the winning goal at the world cup for Spain in 2010 and came second behind Messi and came 3rd in 2012.
5. Fernando Torress
The former Liverpool and Athletico Striker was an iconic striker who came close to winning the world best player in 2007/2008.
He came in close behind Ronaldo and Messi as he came close in goals on his debut season with Liverpool.
6. Westley Sneijder
The Dutch midfielder and Italian former midfielder was on exceptional performance in 2010.
It was argued that the Dutchman who had a good performance at his club and country should have won the Best player award but rather, he came in 4th behind Messi, Xavi and Iniesta.
Well, everyone knows Sneijder was robbed that year but what can we do?
7. Luis Suarez
The Uruguay and Barcelona striker is another player that could have made it to the Best player position in 2013.
He had the most goals in the calendar year with 59 goals, and Ronaldo and Messi came behind him. But still came in 3rd behind Ronaldo and Messi.
8. Neymar Jr
This is one player who was the favorite to come close to the two legends.
In 2015, he was exceptional in 2015 and came up with 41 goals and 15 assists and came in as 3rd with 7% vote behind Messi and Ronaldo.
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