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10 Top Ballon d’Or Contenders In The Year 2000

The Ballon d’Or is a prize that most athletes aspire to win.

Lionel Messi, the king, is in the lead, with Cristiano Ronaldo close behind.

All eyes are on Karim Benzema this season, who has been outstanding throughout the season.

After that, let’s have a look at what happened in 2000.

By a long shot, Figo deserved it. He was an amazing football player.

Only Zidane came close to winning. Except for the fact that it was a ten-item list, numbers 6-10 should not have been on it.

If not for the Hamburg headbutt incident, Zidane would have won this as well.

In fact, if it hadn’t been for two separate headbutt incidents in 2000 and 2006, he would have been the first player to win five FIFA Player of the Year awards.

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And the winner, even Zidane, does not have ten goals or ten assists.

People won it, but if it were now, they would claim Lewadoski deserved the Ballon d’Or for his prolific goal-scoring.

How football has evolved from decent to great to just scoring goals.

Because of the criteria for the Ballon d’Or, it will be extremely difficult for a midfielder, or even a defense, to win it again.

Some argue that this list is incorrect. Adriano should have been the winner.

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It makes no difference if he was doing Flamenco at the time.

Adriano was the best striker in the history of the game. Even now, he’d be averaging 40 goals every season.

Adriano was the greatest player in the league every year he played.

Henry proved to be a top-notch football player.

In 2000, he was the best forward in Premier League history, yet he finished fourth.

That year, I believe Keane won the PFA Player of the Year award, and Beckham is the highest-paid United player.

What a popularity contest this has turned out to be!

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A defender in fifth place, great players are listed not just for goals scored.

Top 10 Ballon d’Or Contestants In 2000

Today, Lewandowski and Benzema are the talk of the town, and their performances have earned them the Ballon d’Or in their respective years.

Meanwhile, Jorginho was ranked third this year.

Evidence, if any was required, that quality has deteriorated dramatically as salaries have skyrocketed.

In general, we expect to see a shift in how things are done in the near future.

What are your thoughts, guys?

 

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