4. 1977 – 3 points
Allan Simonsen (74) and Kevin Keegan (71)
Simonsen had won the Ballon d’Or with Mönchengladbach. He was a key part of the side that won 3 Bundesliga titles and was a tough team to beat in European football at that time. He would play with FC Barcelona with limited success after his stint in Germany and he never really moved to those heights again.
Keegan had switched from a successful spell at Liverpool where he had established his name to Hamburg in Germany. From an individual view, his 3 seasons at Hamburg saw him being acclaimed as the finest player in Europe for a while. While he lost to Simonsen in the voting of 77, he would win the next 2 editions of the Ballon d’Or .