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Maldini salutes his crowd (©GettyImages)
Maldini salutes his crowd (©GettyImages).

Top five: Players never to win the Ballon d'or (4)

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Paolo Maldini

The Ballon d'Or tends to go to the more glamorous players in world football. Players
like Michel Platini who are creative maestros or goal scoring machines like Marco Van Basten. Defenders and more defensively minded players are often overlooked.

In the competitions history only Fabio Cannavaro and Lothar Matthaus have won it playing in more defensive roles in the modern era.

One defender who should have won it though is Paolo Maldini. So reliable at the back
that he played up to his 40s Maldini won five European Cups in his career. That's enough to ask for his own personal copy of Big Ears.

That he never won the Ballon d'Or is a travesty.

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