Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo and Barcelona forward Lionel Messi are arguably the best footballers in the world considering what they have achieved and what they do on the pitch.
These two men have won the FIFA Ballon D'Or award since the year 2008, and only in 2010 were they not in the top two.
NAIJ.com can report that there are other players who have been excellent as well, and we want to find out the third player of the past ten years.
1. Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic is one of the best forwards in the world as he always win titles any where he go, but the 35-year-old has never won the FIFA Ballon d;Or award.
Xabi is a superb and stylish midfielder who is said to have revolutionized the game of football considering his positional sense and accurate passing.
The Spaniard has won everything and was voted in the Ballon d’Or top three, three seasons in a row.
3. Gianluigi Buffon
Buffon is the most expensive goalkeeper of all time who has won the World Cup with Italy in 2006 and finished as a runner-up to international team-mate, Fabio Cannavaro in that year’s Ballon d’Or standings.
The 39-year-old former Parma goalie has also won the Serie A's best goalkeeper of the year 11 times.
4. Arjen Robben
In his first season in Germany in 2009 with Bayern Munich, Robben was exceptional as his side made an unexpected venture to the Champions League final, but he was anonymous and the ‘big game bottler’ tag would follow him after disappointing performances in the World Cup final and 2012 Champions League final defeat to his former club.
However, he vindicated himself with a last-gasp winner in the all-German Euro affair in 2013, and is still going strong now at the age of 33.