With the end of the America’s Cup and Euro 2020, all attention is now focused on who will win the 2021 Golden Ball. The previous edition was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but with the resumption of football, the fight for the prize became more intense.
Since 2008, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have dominated the prestigious individual title. Luka Modric has been the only exception in the last decade, but Georginio and Robert Lewandowski have made a big impression in recent months and have been strong contenders to win this year’s Ballon d’Or.
Although attention was drawn to the next award winner in countries such as Germany, Portugal and France, there were a few players from obscure countries who also won the Golden Ball. In this article, we will look at five such players.