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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

5. Ricardo Kaka-2008

The last man to feature on this list, Ricardo Kaka remains the only one to beat both Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi to the Balloon D”or trophy. In his prime, Kaka was unstoppable. Blessed with typical Brazilian samba flair, Kaka was a world beater, helping AC Milan win the Champions League trophy in 2007. His impressive displays attracted interest from Real Madrid, which he joined for a then World record fee. Sadly, injuries plagued his career and he wasn’t able to replicate the same form that he showed during his hay day. However, he is still recognized to this day as the last man to win the Ballon D’or before it became a two horse race.

The last player to beat Ronaldo and Messi to win the Ballon D’or- Ricardo Kaka
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