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8. 1961 – 6 points

Sivori 2-park-sitoOmar Sivori (46) and Luis Suarez (40)

The 1961 vote featured players from two Italian teams. Omar Sivori transferred to Juventus in 1957 after immigrating from Argentina. One of the club’s most prolific strikers, he was their top scorer for the first four seasons since he joined. His 1960/61 & 1959/60 seasons were among his personal bests. He finished his Juventus career with three Serie A titles as well as two Coppa Italia cups.

Luis Suarez had already won the Ballon d’Or when he made a move from FC Barcelona to Inter Milan. One of the key midfielders in Inter, he was part of one of Inter Milan’s finest teams – winning 3 Serie A titles, 2 European Cups and 2 Intercontinental cups. It would not be the last time Suarez would finish high up in the Ballon d’Or voting but he would not win it again.

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