The world-class XI who never won the Ballon d’Or
October 26, 2016
The Ballon d’Or is the pissing contest between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo and to see who will join the god-like players on stage for the announcement.
Anyone voting for the Vardy Party?
It will be an award once the pair fail to perform at their top ability and other players are physically able to compete.
Unfortunately, many players are forgotten or fail to win the award because they are consistently great throughout their careers, but fail to be exceptional at certain moments.
Here is the starting XI of players who have never won the Ballon d’Or:
Peter Schmeichel – GK
The Danish god in net. One of the best all-time. Reactions of a jungle cat.
Franco Baresi – CB
Voted the best player of the last century at AC Milan. A great passer and defender.
Carles Puyol – CB
No captain has ever done it better at Barcelona. The man would've played with half-leg if he needed to. An absolute warrior.
Paolo Maldini – CB
One of the most complete defenders to ever play the game. A club legend and intelligent footballer.
Frank Rijkaard – CDM
Before he gave Lionel Messi his debut, he was class on the pitch. A strong tackler and skillful passer.
Andries Iniesta – RM
What needs to be said about this class footballer? Silky smooth on the ball and oozes class. Should've won the Ballon d'Or in 2012...
Paul Scholes – LM
Hate United, but love Paul Scholes. The best English midfielder ever with vision like no other. He made it look so simple.
Diego Maradona – CAM
Fitting that I put Maradona next to an Englishman. The Argentine could make anyone miss and did it while probably high on cocaine.
Ferenc Puskas – LW
If Alfredo di Stefano hadn't won the award, Puskas would have. He scored goals at an alarming rate and was top class for Real Madrid.
Thierry Henry – CF
King Henry. The best player to ever wear the Arsenal jersey. His ability to dribble and produce the spectacular made him legendary.
Pele – RW
Not much can be said about the man who scored over a thousand goals in his career. He did it was class, a smile, and usually a bicycle kick.
By electing for a 3-4-3 formation, I can allow my creative players to attack and let Frank Rijkaard do the defensive dirty work.
A team wouldn’t be able to afford the stars included in this starting XI, but what a day you’d have trying to play against these legends.