We present 7 superstars who have never won the Golden Ball.
1. Thierry Henry
The Frenchman, Thierry Henry is a legend who made a great career at Arsenal, but has never won the Ballon d’Or despite his exploits in his various clubs and at the championships. In 2003, Thierry Henry finished second behind Pavel Nedved and in 2006 lost his prestigious prize against former Italian international Fabio Cannavaro.
2. Frank Lampard
The Englishman Frank Lampard is also a legend of Chelsea who was known for his great playing styles. Lampard never won the Ballon d’Or. In 2005, he was selected for this prize but lost to Ronaldinho.
3. Steven Gerrard
Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard has retired without a Golden Ball. However, in 2005, the English superstar finished third behind Frank Lampard.
4. Ryan Giggs
Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs was known for his impressive playing styles, but he never won the Golden Ball.
The Spanish professional footballer Xaxi is a legend of FC Barcelona who has won all the football prizes except the Ballon d’Or. The 37-year-old finished third in 2009, losing to Lionel Messi. He also finished third in 2010 and 2011.
6. Andrea Pirlo
7. Paul Scholes
Englishman Paul Scholes has played for Manchester United throughout his career and has never had the opportunity to celebrate a Golden Ball.