There have been some amazing Ballon d’Or winners in the past, but what makes the decade 1990-2000 unique is that there were unique winners in all the 11 years. Some amazing talent burst onto the scene this decade, capturing our imagination and dazzling the world of football.
All the players on this list are legends in their own right and have shaped the world of football in their own indelible way.From Lothar Matthaus to Luis Figo, let us look at all the Ballon d’Or winners from 1990-2000 and peak into what they are doing currently.
Lothar Matthaus (1990)
Former Bayern Munich and German international, Lothar Matthaus is widely considered to be one of the greatest midfielders of all time. Supremely successful at both the club and country level, Matthaus was capable of playing both as a central midfielder and as a sweeper.
The legendary German played in five FIFA World Cups and holds the record for the most World Cup matches played by a single player. Matthaus’ impact on the game and the respect he had from his rivals was best epitomised by Diego Maradona’s comments:
"he is the best rival I've ever had. I guess that's enough to define him", said Maradona in his book Yo soy el Diego (I am the Diego).
After calling time on his career in 2000, Matthaus went on to manage a number of teams like Rapid Wien, Partizan Belgrade, Hungary national team and the Bulgarian national team. Currently the German works a TV pundit and a columnist for various websites and organisations.
The German has also had a colourful personal life having married 5 times so far. At present, Matthaus and his wife Anastasia Klimko live in Hungary and have a son named Milan who was born in 2014.