5 Famous Players Who Never Entered the Top 3 of the Ballon d’Or
The Ballon d’Or is an award that every football player dreams of. Because, only great players can get this award. So far there are two names that continue to compete for the award, namely Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. In fact, both of them are the players with the most titles of all time.
Apart from that, there are also some star players who have never tasted the Ballon d’Or award at all. Even more disappointing, they never made it to the top three in the award. So, who are these players? Check this out!
1. Thomas Muller
Thomas Muller is arguably one of the best players ever to play for the German national team and Bayern Munich. The 32-year-old player’s career was also very bright by successfully leading the team to win the treble winners twice in the 2012/2013 and 2019/2020 seasons.
In addition, he also won the 2014 World Cup with the German national team. Despite his great achievements, Muller never made it to the top three of the Ballon d’Or. Muller’s best ever finish was a fifth-place finish in 2014.
2. Arjen Robben
Arjen Robben is a former teammate of Thomas Muller at Bayern Munich. This Dutch player also recorded gold ink while defending Die Roten . The player has won many titles, including the 2012/2013 Champions League trophy.
In fact, Robben at that time became the decisive victory for Bayern Munich after his one goal in the last minute brought the team to beat Borussia Dortmund with a score of 2-1. Even so, this was not enough to get him into the top three of the 2013 Ballon d’Or. Robben at that time had to lose to his teammate, Franck Ribery, who made it into the top three positions.
3. Ryan Giggs
Ryan Giggs is a legendary figure for Manchester United. He recorded defending the Red Devils for 22 years and never changed clubs. During that time, the Welshman won a total of 34 titles and 13 trophies were Premier League titles.
In addition, Giggs was also able to create 940 games and scored 164 goals and 250 assists . Despite his great career, he was never a finalist in the Ballon d’Or award.
4. Luis Suarez
This Uruguayan striker was at the peak of his career when he defended Barcelona, in the 2014/2015 season to be exact. Luis Suarez at that time was able to score 25 goals and 23 assists and helped the Blaugrana win the treble winners . With that impressive performance, he was predicted to be the winner of the 2015 Ballon d’Or award.
However, Suarez could only finish in fifth position. At that time he was defeated by two teammates, namely Neymar and Lionel Messi and the Portuguese superstar, Cristiano Ronaldo.
5. Robert Lewandowski
Regarding the ability to score goals, Robert Lewandowski certainly does not need to be in doubt. Even though he is no longer young, the 33-year-old striker is still productive in terms of scoring goals every season. Last season, for example, the Polish player managed to score 41 goals in just 28 matches in the Bundesliga competition.
In fact, in the 2019/2020 season, Lewandowski successfully brought his club to win the treble winners and won three top scores at once. With that impressive record, he was predicted to be the winner of the Ballon d’Or in 2020. Unfortunately, the award was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, the Ballon d’Or award in front of the eyes finally disappeared. Even so, he still has a big chance to win the Ballon d’Or this year.
It is undeniable that they have had a very impressive career in football. However, the five names were unlucky because they were covered by other star players.