This year the golden ball is tighter than ever, and in 90min We wanted to analyze the winners who have aroused the most controversy in recent years:
Messi himself assured when he received it that he did not expect to win it that year. The Spanish team had just been world champion, and despite the fact that Messi, as always, had completed an extraordinary year, all bets pointed to Xavi or Iniesta ending up being crowned the best player in the world in 2010.
Michael Owen won a multitude of titles, but everyone thought that the lucky person that season would be Raúl González Blanco. The Spanish striker deserved a reward like this after two Champions League titles in just three seasons. Finally the English striker won, to everyone’s surprise, and that he had an important string of titles achieved.
The great role of the Croatian team in the World Cup awarded Luka Modrić the golden ball. The controversy broke out over the players, as there were defenders that the title was deserved by Cristiano Ronaldo because of his figures, others defended the candidacy of Antoine Griezmann who had just been world champion with France, leading his team, and champion of the Europa League with Atlético de Madrid being the key player throughout the tournament, and many others complained that Leo Messi finished in fifth position.
Andriy Shevchenko won the 2004 Ballon d’Or. The Ukrainian footballer completed a good season with Milan, scoring 14 goals in Serie A. Deco won the Portuguese league, the Champions League, the European Super Cup, the intercontinental and se He was on the verge of being European champion with Portugal in one of the most famous finals in history.
Perhaps due to sporting merits, if Fabio Cannavaro deserved it that year, but the world of football owed Thierry Henry a golden ball, and if luck had been a little on his side in the two finals, he would have won in the same season the Champions League with Arsenal and the World Cup with the French team.