Lionel Messi did it once more. The Argentine has won all the pieces soccer has to supply, and on October 31, 2023, he created yet one more document of being the first participant to win eight Ballon d’Or. Messi was awarded after having a improbable year the place he lastly won the FIFA World Cup with Argentina and Ligue 1 and Trophies de Champions with Paris Saint Germain. Nonetheless, it was the World Cup trophy that tilted the favour of the award in his consequence over Erling Haaland, who won the treble with Manchester Metropolis.
With this win, Messi grew to become solely the seventh participant in historical past to win the Ballon d’Or as a World Cup winner. This reveals that even successful the most prestigious trophy in soccer is, most of the time, extra is required to be topped as the greatest participant of the Year. That is additionally the final Ballon d’Or he’ll win as a result of he now performs in the Main League Soccer (MLS).
Nonetheless, earlier than Messi, others additionally won the coveted Ballon d’Or the same year they won the FIFA World Cup.
Bobby Charlton- 1966 England, Manchester United
One among the greatest gamers that England ever produced, Bobby Charlton, was the star of England’s solely World Cup win in 1966. The participant who performed as an attacking midfielder, central midfielder, and left winger scored three objectives whereas working from the center of the park.
His most interesting second got here in the semi-finals, the place he scored two objectives towards Portugal to assist England win the sport 2-1. Charlton additionally made the All-Stars Crew at the finish of the event. Two years later, he would even be a part of the workforce that will win the European Championship. In the same year, he was additionally awarded the PWA Participant of the Year and was voted the greatest participant at the World Cup.
With Manchester United, he won a complete of seven trophies, together with three league titles.
Paolo Rossi- 1982 Italy, Juventus
One among the greatest tales of redemption that soccer has to supply is unquestionably that of Paolo Rossi. In 1980, Italian Soccer was rocked by one in all the greatest scandals in its historical past. Named the Totonero, the scandal revolved round gamers taking cash to underperform to have an effect on the results of a sport and assist bookies win through unlawful playing.
A number of gamers, together with Rossi (who was harmless), have been handed multiple-year suspensions. Nonetheless, the star striker’s suspension was revoked simply in time for the 1982 FIFA World Cup, the place few gave the Italians any likelihood of successful.
These fears have been additional compounded when Italy drew its first three video games and solely certified as a result of that they had scored yet one more aim than Cameroon. Rossi was scoreless until then however received into type with a hattrick towards Brazil,
He adopted this up with a brace towards Poland in the semi-final and one aim in the last towards West Germany, serving to Italy carry their third title. Later that year, he was awarded the Ballon d’Or World Cup Golden Boot, World Cup Golden Ball.
Lothar Matthaus- 1990, Germany, Inter Milan
Maybe the biggest midfielder ever produced by Germany, Lothar Matthaus performed throughout 5 World Cups for Germany between 1982 and 1998. The midfield common was a part of the German workforce that performed three back-to-back World Cup finals from 1982-1990. Whereas they misplaced in 1982 (to Italy) and 1982 (to Argentina), they got here with one in all the strongest squads for the 1990 version.
At the base of it was the midfield trio of Matthaus, Pierre Littbarski, and Thomas Häßler, one in all the greatest in soccer historical past. Matthaus was the captain and led from the entrance, scoring 4 objectives, together with a brace towards Yugoslavia.
Germany was additionally one in all the few groups who most well-liked an attacking model of play, and Matthaus was their inventive outlet for the same. Matthaus additionally won the IFFHS World’s Greatest Participant, World Soccer Awards Participant of the Year, and FIFA World Cup Silver Ball whereas additionally being named in the All-Star Crew.
Zinedine Zidane- 1998, France, Juventus
The 1998 World Cup was touted as France’s greatest likelihood ever to win the World Cup, and with good purpose. The aspect boasted the likes of Theirry Henry, David Trezeguet, Lilian Thuram, Didier Deschamps, and Laurent Blanc in their ranks. Their star, although, was Zinedine Zidane.
Regardless of this, the attacking midfielder was having a mean event by his excessive requirements. Zidane failed to attain even a single aim as France reached the last, the place they needed to face defending champions Brazil.
Nonetheless, in the greatest match of France’s soccer historical past, Zidane got here into his personal, scoring two objectives. The Frenchman was in every single place harassing the Brailain defence. It stays to today one in all the greatest performances by a participant in the last of the World Cup.
Zidane would win the Ballon d’Or for his efficiency for each France and Juventus whereas additionally being named the FIFA World Participant of the Year, World Soccer Awards Participant of the Year, and France Soccer French Participant of the Year:
Ronaldo- 2002, Brazil, Actual Madrid
In 2002, Brazil arrived at the World Cup in South Korea and Japan with one in all the strongest squads in their historical past. And at the frontline of this squad was the trio of Rivaldo, Ronaldo, and Ronaldinho. All three had totally different obligations, with the onus of scoring objectives on the shoulders of Ronaldo.
And the Brazilian didn’t disappoint. Ronaldo began the World Cup with a excessive rating in each group-stage sport. He then adopted this up with a strike towards Belgium earlier than going goalless towards England.
Ronaldo scored the solely aim of the sport towards Turkey in the semi-finals. In the last, although, he confronted his greatest rival, Germany’s primary, Oliver Kahn, who was having one in all the greatest World Cups ever by a goalkeeper.
Nonetheless, Ronaldo comfortably won the battle, scoring a brace to assist Brazil win their fifth World Cup title. He additionally won the FIFA World Cup Golden Shoe and the FIFA World Cup Silver Ball earlier than ending the Year with a Ballon d’Or win.
Fabio Cannavaro- 2006, Italy, Actual Madrid
One among the most interesting gamers from Italy, Fabio Cannavaro, stays the final defender to win the Ballon d’Or. This got here in the spectacular 2006 World Cup win. The marketing campaign in 2006, very like their 1982 one, began with the Azzurri not being amongst the favourites to win it. Nonetheless, in Gianluca Zambrotta, Fabio Cannavaro, Marco Materazzi, and Fabio Grosso, the then three-time world champions had the greatest protection.
Alex Ferguson as soon as remarked that ‘assault wins you video games, however protection wins you titles.’ Italy in 2006 was the excellent embodiment of it. Being led by Cannavvaro, the Italians conceded solely two objectives, one personal aim, and one penalty, making them the solely World Cup winner in historical past to not concede a single aim from open play.
Cannavaro was awarded the World Cup Silver Ball and World Soccer Participant of the Year whereas additionally being named to the World Cup All-Star Crew.