Awards season is coming up and it made me think of previous France Football’s Ballon d’Or Winners.
Some winners were easy to predict and undisputed, while naturally over the years there were some winners that were controversial and/or deemed unworthy.
As an example Hristo Stoichkov was groomed to be the 1992 winner only to lose to Marco van Basten after the Dutchman scored 4 goals vs. IFK Gothenburg in the Champions League just weeks before the award.
The Liberian George Weah in 1995 is another example, while no one questioned his talent, most questioned his election after only 7 League goals for PSG. Again, most observed that his last few months in the Serie A with AC Milan tipped the balance.
Can You think of other cases? Maybe cases that you personally disagreed with?
Photo From: France Football, May 3, 1983(Juventus’ Paolo Rossi, winner in 1982)
Photo From: European Football Yearbook 1988(AC Milan’s Ruud Gullit, winner in 1987)