5 controversial Ballon d'Or winners in recent years
#4 Fabio Cannavaro (2006)
The Italian defender played a crucial part in his national team which won the 2006 World Cup following a shootout victory against France. He won the Ballon d'Or award in the same year while his countryman Gianluigi Buffon finished in the second position next to him.
The defender may have inspired his team to a triumph, but Gianluigi Buffon also gave an applauding performance for the Azzurri, making him equally deserving of the honor.
Keeping in mind that the Ballon d'Or is given to the player with the best individual performance, Ronaldinho was highly deserving of the award. In 2006, he won the Champions League and the La Liga with Barcelona delivering such an incredible performance throughout the season that he was the talk of the night after every crucial game.Published 27 Mar 2019, 14:21 IST