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Five non-European footballers to win Ballon d'Or

Deepak P
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# 3. Ronaldinho -2005

Barcelona v Athletico Madrid
Barcelona v Athletico Madrid

The Barcelona Legend was able to reach the Ballon d'Or top three spots in 2004 but ended up being third best behind Andriy Shevchenko and his Barcelona team-mate Deco. But, Ronaldinho had everything to cheer for very next year when he strolled past the England duo of Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard to take home the trophy.

He had also won the FIFA player of the year award two times and was only the second Barcelona player, after Diego Maradona to receive a standing ovation from Real Madrid fans after playing an El Clasico match where he scored twice against Real Madrid.

Ronaldinho was also a wide exponent of - "Life is short, so enjoy it while you can"philosophy. One of the best exponents of the "Elastico" Move, his dribbling skills and the sheer energy and pace was a beautiful sight to watch.

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