Fans Have Voted For Their Own 'Ballon d'Or Dream Team' With Three Huge Changes
Football fans have voted for their own 'Ballon d'Or Dream Team' and there are three massive changes.
France Football announced their team yesterday which included votes from 140 different journalists across the world.
But fans have had their say and after 140,000 votes, three players have been swapped out in the form of Lev Yashin, Lothar Matthaus and Pele.
In their place are Italian duo Gianluigi Buffon and Andrea Pirlo, as well as current Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane.
Goalkeeper: Gianluigi Buffon
Defender: Paolo Maldini
Defender: Franz Beckenbauer
Midfield: Zinedine Zidane
Midfield: Andrea Pirlo
Midfield: Diego Maradona
Forward: Lionel Messi
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Forward: Ronaldo Nazario
Ballon d'Or Dream Team : voici le onze de légende des internautes https://t.co/1bZx6oFbU2- France Football (@francefootball) December 15, 2020
Buffon being placed over Yashin by fans is likely down to his World Cup win in 2006 as well as his longevity.
He told La Stampa: "When you dream, it's nice to see yourself in so many different situations. I need enthusiasm. Last year I thought about retiring but it created too much negativity.
"That's why I dream about staying on the field until I'm 80, when I'm an old man in goal with a walking stick and the No.1 on my back."
Pirlo over Matthaus is a bold shout, as is Zidane over Pele. But both men have won a World Cup and in Zidane's case, a Ballon d'Or.
Elsewhere in the team, a three man defence of former AC Milan duo Cafu and Paolo Maldini alongside Franz Beckenbauer remains untouched.
Maldini is the definition of a one club man, having won the lot across 25 years and 902 appearances for the San Siro outfit.
Diego Maradona and Xavi are the other two players in midfield alongside Pirlo and Zidane.
Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are the two active outfield players to make the list and it comes as no surprise.
Ronaldo has won five Ballon d'Ors while Messi has six, and the pair have pushed one another nonstop over the last 15 years.
Up front alongside them is Ronaldo Nazario, who forged a legacy as one of Europe's most prolific forwards.
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