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Famous players who won the Ballon d’Or before Messi and Ronaldo-essentiallysports.com

Famous players who won the Ballon d’Or before Messi and Ronaldo-essentiallysports.com

2. Michel Platini (1983-1985)

Another European legend, Michel Platini was also a three time Ballon d’Or winner from 1983-1985. The former French captain was a renowned play maker and was highly rated owing to his exemplary skill and impeccable vision. The Frenchman reached the pinnacle of his career in 1984, winning the treble with Italian club Juventus. He then went on to win the European championship with France that summer, finishing the tournament as the top scorer and was also awarded the best player of the tournament. Although he could never achieve a World Cup success with France, Platini has created a legacy for himself and is rightly up there among the gods of football.

Michel Platini showcasing one of the three Ballon D’ors he won during his time at Juventus
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