With the Ballon d’Or nominations having been announced, some of the world’s greatest stars feature in the 23-man list.

However only the very best stars go on to become a winner of the famous award.

And, since the start of the 21st century some of the greatest players to have lived have won the Ballon d’Or.

So, now looks the perfect time to recognise their talents and look at the best five winners from the 21st century.

Here are the top five: 

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