The year 2008, when Cristiano Ronaldo won his first Ballon d'Or, marked the beginning of his and Lionel Messi's domination in football. With the annual award ceremony around the corner, we took a look at the players who could have won the award if the superstar pair did not exist!
From 2008 to 2021, Ronaldo and Messi dominated the award, winning it every year except in 2018, when Luka Modric grabbed the acclaimed prize. Get 14 days free to read all the stories on SNL24.com. Thereafter you will be billed R29 per month. You can cancel anytime and if you cancel within 14 days you won't be billed.