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Ballon d’Or: What if a decade of Ronaldo and Messi didn’t exist? Our…
Ballon d’Or: What if a decade of Ronaldo and Messi didn’t exist? Our…

For one decade, two footballers have shared the game’s biggest individual honour; the Ballon d’Or.

Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have dominated the top spot, while the rest of the world’s best players have watched on from the sidelines.

In the 10 years before the duo established their dynasty, the list of recipients was littered with some of the most iconic players ever to play the beautiful game.

Zinedine Zidane (1998), Luis Figo (2000), Ronaldo Nazario (2002) and Ronaldinho (2006) were all crowned as the best player in the world during a period in which no contender won the coveted prize on more than one occasion.

Since 2008, the catalogue of outstanding footballers who haven't got their hands on the trophy is exhaustive; but what if Ronaldo and Messi had been exempt from the shortlist during that time? What would the list of winners look like?

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