Who are the greatest players to have missed out on a Ballon d’Or?

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Would this sublime quartet make your list of best players never to have won the Ballon d'Or?
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Updated 05 December 2018

Who are the greatest players to have missed out on a Ballon d’Or?

LONDON:

The awarding of the Ballon d’Or to Luka Modric on Monday broke the 10-year monopoly of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. Over the past decade that duo’s dominance has meant that some great players never got their hands on the prize. Here we look at some of the all-time greats to not have won the coveted trophy. 

FRANCO BARASI

The best defender of his generation won the European Cup three times, Serie A six times and the World Cup once. But the elegant Italian inexplicably never won the Ballon d’Or.

MICHAEL LAUDRUP

Ask any teammate of the dynamic Dane and they will likely tell you he was the best, most creative player they ever played with. He won trophies wherever he went but never won the big individual honor.

ANDRES INIESTA

One of the star men whose Ballon d’Or quest was scuppered by Messi and Ronaldo. Won nine La Liga titles, four Champions Leagues and scored the winner in the 2010 World Cup final for good measure.

FERENC PUSKAS

The “Magic Magyar” is one of the definitive all-time greats. he scored 84 goals in 85 international matches for Hungary, and 514 goals in 529 matches in the Hungarian and Spanish leagues. But that was not good enough to win him the Ballon d’Or.

ANDREA PIRLO

The thinking man’s midfielder, a player who wrote poetry while others around him struggled with prose. Pirlo was a crucial part of his sides’ four Serie A titles and central to the Italian team that lifted the 2006 World Cup.

OTHER ALL-TIME GREATS WHO MISSED OUT

Thierry Henry, Peter Schmeichel, Paulo Maldini, Xavi, Ryan Giggs and Romario.


Saudi electric car racer tastes victory in Mexico City E-Prix

Updated 18 February 2020

Saudi electric car racer tastes victory in Mexico City E-Prix

  • The first and second rounds of the championship were held on Nov. 22 and 23 at Saudi Arabia’s Diriyah venue

RIYADH: Saudi driver Fahad Algosaibi has secured a major victory in the Mexico City E-Prix.

The electric car racer won the Pro-Am class of the Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy and finished fourth overall in the third race of the 2019/20 season which took place on Feb. 15 at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez.

The participation of Algosaibi and Capt. Mashour bin Hojaila, both of Team Saudi Racing, was sponsored by the General Sports Authority (GSA) and the Saudi Arabian Motor Federation (SAMF).

Starting the race in pole position, Algosaibi recorded the fastest lap in his class, earning him extra points on top of those for pole position, to rank second in the championship on 36 points, just six behind Chinese driver Zhang Yaqi. Algosaibi also picked up points for not taking risks.

However, his teammate Hojaila ended up in hospital after his car was hit from behind by Chinese driver David Chang sending it crashing into a wall.

The organizing committee of the Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy Championship was forced to cancel qualifying trials due to the poor condition of the circuit in some newly paved sections and used the results of free trials to determine the starting lineup. This meant Algosaibi started first and Hojaila second in the Pro-AM class.

The first and second rounds of the championship were held on Nov. 22 and 23 at Saudi Arabia’s Diriyah venue.