Top 10 Ballon d'Or winners of all time
Close your eyes. Imagine you are in Zurich and amongst the three eagerly to win the most coveted personal glory. The anchor announces your name and BOOM! With a wide smile, you approach the podium and claim the trophy that puts you on the pedestal meant for the best player in the world.
How beautiful the dream is! The memory of a teary-eyed Cristiano Ronaldo getting up to receive the accolade just speaks of the hard-work a player puts in to have his hands on the Ballon d'Or.
Known as the Fifa World Player of the Year or the Fifa Ballon d'Or is the license to be establishing oneself as the ultimate best of all. It is the most coveted prestige on the individual level.
Since 1956 France Football has been handing out the award to those players who are on the top of their game for a particular year. Between 2010 and 2015, The Fifa World Player of the Year (1991-2015) was merged with the Ballon d'Or and known as the Fifa Ballon d'Or. Later, France Football and FIFA announced their separation and it is only known as Ballon d'Or since 2016.
With superstars from every era winning the accolade, which ones would make it to the best Ballon d'Or winners of all time? Let's have a look.
#10 Gerd Mueller (1970)
What FC Bayern has become is thanks to Gerd Mueller. — Franz Beckenbauer
In the history of football, Gerd Mueller's scoring rate is nothing but terrific and incredible. Known as 'Der Bomber' in Germany, the dynamic Bayern Munich striker was almost impossible to stop in his attempts to score world-class goals.
The modern-day football fans might remember him as the player whose record of 85 goals in a calendar year was broken by Lionel Messi in 2012. In his time as the prolific Bayern forward, Gerd Mueller had the world at his feet. His penchant for scoring a plethora of goals was second to none.
In 1970, the German giant accumulated his only Ballon d'Or. He netted an insane tally of 42 goals in 38 appearances, 38 of which came in 33 league matches in the season 1969-70. The German was equally frightening going forward when he netted 10 goals in six appearances in the 1970 World Cup. Needless to say, Der Bomber had his name written on the World Cup Golden Boot that year.
Adding to his plaudits, Mueller also became the Bundesliga and European top scorer that season. To this day, he is fondly remembered as the best striker ever to pull on the shirt of Bayern Munich.