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5 players who could win a Ballon d'Or if it wasn't for goal scoring

Sharan Pillai
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The prestigious Ballon d'Or Award
The prestigious Ballon d'Or Award

Cristiano, Leo, Leo, Leo, Leo, Cristiano, Cristiano, Leo, Cristiano, Cristiano. From 2008 to 2017, this is the story of the past decade when it comes to Ballon d'Or.

Not just in recent history but since the beginning of the time, the award for the best footballer has been bagged by forwards or attacking midfielders. There are just three instances since 1956 where a defender has claimed the Ballon d'Or. Franz Beckenbauer in 1972 and 1976 and Fabio Cannavaro in 2006.

Goal scorers often steal the limelight off the playmakers or impenetrable defenders. Even though a midfielder delivers an impeccable pass and makes the striker's job easy, glory always goes to the latter. Similar is the case of the defenders who make it hell at times for the oppositions attackers and prove to be their nightmare.

By now, footballing fans know that you win trophies, moreover, you score goals and you get the Ballon d'Or. Well, of course, there is nothing wrong about it as goals win matches but on the other hand, the game of football and the ability of a footballer can't be squared down to just scoring goals.

In this slideshow, we shall talk about few players who often get shadowed by goal-scoring strikers in recent times.

Let's take a look at 5 such brilliant players who could win the Ballon d'Or if it wasn't for goal scoring:


Surprisingly, Busquets has failed to even make it into the Ballon d'Or Top 30 list till date.
Surprisingly, Busquets has failed to even make it into the Ballon d'Or Top 30 list till date.

If there is a name which is pundits' favorite then it is Sergio Busquets. He is quite often praised by legends and the media for his stellar performances on the club and International levels. Regarding his positioning capabilities, late football legend Johan Cruyff had once said, "Positionally, he seems like a veteran with or without the ball."

The Barcelona man is a complete holding midfielder who is a perfect blend of hard work and brilliance in terms of playing style. Busquets is very much influential at the center of the turf where he aids the attackers and defenders in equal measure. The Spaniard possesses every attribute, be it vision, creativity, ball control and passing accuracy which makes him a perfect deep-lying playmaker.

Having played alongside the likes of midfield maestros Xavi and Iniesta for both Barcelona and Spain, Busquets got shadowed time and again. Presently, Iniesta and Rakitic are the prominent figures in midfield and having goal machines Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez in the team makes Busquets' contributions go unnoticed.

Former Spanish National Team manager Vincent del Bosque once stated, "If you watch the whole game, you won't see Busquets but watch Busquets, and you will see the whole game." Such is the impact of this World Cup winner.

At the age of 29, the Catalan midfielder's achievements are vast already.

He has won 6 x La Liga, 5 x Copa Del Rey, 5 x Spanish Super Cup, 3 x UEFA Champions League, 3 x UEFA Super Cup, 3 x FIFA World Cup with Barcelona and 1 x FIFA World Cup, 1 x UEFA European Championship (Euros). Thankfully the list ends here for now.

Though Busquets doesn't have a mammoth number of individual goals scored, there is a reason why he always is a part of both, Spain and Barcelona's starting XI. His flair!

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