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Who would win the last 13 Ballon d'Or awards if Messi and Ronaldo didn't exist

Mudeet Arora
Lewandowski would have won the Ballon d'Or this year if not for Messi
Lewandowski would have won the Ballon d'Or this year if not for Messi / 90min
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PSG hitman Lionel Messi and Manchester United legend Cristiano Ronaldo have dominated the global footballing scene for well over a decade now, 13 years to be precise.

The legendary duo have managed to claim 12 out of the 13 Ballon d'Or awards in the last 13 years with Luka Modric being the only one to break their monopoly since 2008.

Messi won his seventh Ballon d'Or on Monday, thus taking his tally to seven, two ahead of Ronaldo.

These two GOAT contenders have dominated this award so much that we are compelled to look at the last 13 awards and see who would have won the Ballon d'Or in the last 13 years if Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo didn't exist.

2008: Fernando Torres

2009: Xavi

2010: Andres Iniesta

2011: Xavi

2012: Andres Iniesta

2013: Franck Ribery

2014: Manuel Neuer

2015: Neymar

2016: Antoine Griezmann

2017: Neymar

2018: Luka Modric

2019: Virgil van Dijk

2021: Robert Lewandowski


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