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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

3. Marco Van Basten (1988,1989,1992)

One of the most prolific goalscorers of all time, Marco van Basten was a true champion in every sense of the word. Widely regarded as the heir to the great Johan Cryuff, Van Basten was naturally gifted with outstanding finishing abilities. He started his career with Ajax and would go on to top the Everdise scoring charts for five consecutive seasons. He then moved to AC Milan, winning a host of individual awards and titles. But his greatest achievement will undoubtedly be his triumph in the European Championship of 1988 with the Netherlands. Van Basten scored five goals in the tournament including one of the greatest goals of all time in the final against the Soviet Union. He won the Ballon d’Or three times in 1988,1989 and 1992. Sadly, his career was short lived as a series of recurring injuries forced him to retire at the age of 30.

One of the deadliest strikers of all time, Marco Van Basten
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