List of players who would've won the Ballon d'Or if Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo didn't exist
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France Football have uploaded a graphic revealing who would've won the Ballon d'Or if Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo didn't exist.
The Portuguese, on the other hand, has five Ballon d'Or awards to his name, winning the prestigious prize in 2008, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017.
They've held a stranglehold on the Ballon d'Or since 2008, with Luka Modric the only player to break up their dominance.
But who would've won the award if Messi and Ronaldo weren't around? Well, France Football have put together a list of the winners if the pair of football superstars didn't exist.
In 2008, Liverpool's Fernandes Torres would've won the award. Barcelona's Xavi and Andres Iniesta would've alternated for four years, winning two each from 2009 to 2012.
Bayern Munich pair Franck Ribery and Manuel Neuer would've won the Ballon d'Or in 2013 and 2014 respectively.
Neymar would've collected the individual prize in 2015 and 2017, while Antoine Griezmann would've got his hands on it in 2016.
Virgil van Dijk would've been the first defender since 2006 to win the Ballon d'Or in 2019.
And, finally, Robert Lewandowski, who missed out on a almost certain Ballon d'Or in 2020 due to Covid-19, would've won the prize in 2021.
Check out the full list below:
2008 - Fernando Torres
2009 - Xavi
2010 - Andres Iniesta
2011 - Xavi
2012 - Andres Iniesta
2013 - Franck Ribery
2014 - Manuel Neuer
2015 - Neymar
2016 - Antoine Griezmann
2017 - Neymar
2019 - Virgil van Dijk
2021 - Robert Lewandowski
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