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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

4. Zinedine Zidane (1998)

Widely considered as the greatest play maker of the modern era, Zinedine Zidane shot himself to legendary status after his heroics in the 1998 World Cup. His two goals in the final against Brazil helped France win their maiden World Cup trophy. Zidane oozed class from every nook and corner of his body. His ball control and vision was second to none, and he had a knack for scoring beautiful goals, in particular the thunderous left footed volley in the 2002 champions league final. Zidane wasn’t one to shy away from controversy though, most notably his sending off in the 2006 World cup final against Italy which sadly turned out to be his last professional game. Nevertheless, his reputation and his legacy remains untarnished and he is still widely considered as one of the greatest players of the modern era.

The master at work, the legendary, Zinedine Zidane
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