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5 most surprising Ballon d'Or candidates of all time

T Elliott
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Cristiano Ronaldo has held four of the last five titles
Cristiano Ronaldo has held four of the last five titles

The Ballon d'Or is the most prestigious accolade that any professional footballer can be awarded. Winners over the last ten years have included Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Ronaldinho.

The Ballon d'Or does, however, have a reputation for odd nominations and most years provide us with at least one head-turning name. Here are five of the worst players to be nominated for football's top individual prize.


#1 Asamoah Gyan (2010)

Gyan missed a famous penalty in 2010 which would have sent the African team to the semi-finals
Gyan missed a famous penalty in 2010 which would have sent the African team to the semi-finals

After being nominated for the award in 2010, Gyan finished 18th in the voting. This was shocking considering that he was playing for Sunderland and the player was not exactly setting the Premier League on fire.

Unsurprisingly, Gyan failed to be nominated for the award again but soon went on to become one of the highest paid players in the world during his stint with Shanghai SIPG in China.

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