There are only eight players who have won the Champions League, d’Or Ballon and World Cup – and it’s no surprise the ones to do so are absolute legends. The Mirror compiled a list of the greats who achieved the unthinkable- with Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo surprisingly not featuring.
Here are your eight players:
Rivaldo – Ballon d’Or 1999, Champions League 02/03 and World Cup 2002. Not bad going for the former Barcelona attacker. Who remembers that overhead kick?
Zinedine Zidane – Ballon d’Or 1998, Champions League 01/02, World Cup. The Frenchman won a fair few more Champions Leagues later in his career, of course, but as manager of Real Madrid – the club he recently departed.
Franz Beckenbauer – Ballon d’Or 1972, 1976, European Cup x3, World Cup 1974. The German tank is considered one the best defenders to ever grace the game, owing to his attacking flair.
Paolo Rossi – Ballon d’Or 1982, European Cup 1984, 1985, World Cup 1982. The Italian completed the trio of awards during his amazing reign in the 1980s.
Kaka – Ballon d’Or 2007, Champions League 06/07, World Cup 2002. The Brazilian was the last player to win the Ballon d’Or before Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo stole the show. Yes, they’ve dominated for that long.
Sir Bobby Charlton – Ballon d’Or 1966, European Cup 67/68, World Cup 1966. Arguably England’s greatest ever player won the Ballon d’Or after his success with his national side in the 1966 World Cup.
Ronaldinho – Ballon d’Or 2005, Champions League 05/06, World Cup. The trickiest player known to the sport reinvented what it meant to play football. People would still pay to watch him right into his nineties.
Gerd Muller – Ballon d’Or 1970, European Cup x3, World Cup 1974. The German striker was an unbelievable force during the 1970s.
What do you reckon to these eight greats? Let us know in the comments section.
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