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Meet 3 Players That Won The Ballon d’Or At The Age Of 22 (Photos)

The Ballon d'Or is the most coveted individual football trophy in the world. Since its debut in 1956, the award has been granted annually by the French news magazine France Football.

Some footballers are able to earn the renowned accolade at an early age, while others must wait a longer time.

However, in this article, I will be sharing with you 3 players that won The Ballon d’Or at the age of 22:

1. George Best

George Best was an Irish-born professional footballer. He spent the majority of his soccer career at Manchester United, where he excelled in dribbling. He was recognized as one of the greatest football players of all time.

He won the Ballon d'Or at the age of 22 in 1968, 53 years ago, after assisting Manchester United in winning the European Cup and scoring the most goals in all matches that season.

He died of drug abuse at the age of 59 in 2005.

2. Michael Owen

Michael Owen is an English footballer who used to play for the England national team as a striker. He played football for a number of clubs before retiring, including Liverpool, Real Madrid, Newcastle United, Manchester United, and Stoke City.

Owen began his football career at a young age, having been trained by his father, who was also a football player. His first football club was Liverpool, where he achieved the majority of his success and was hailed as one of the best Liverpool players of all time after winning the UEFA Cup, FA Cup, and Football League Cup there.

He was named the 2001 Ballon d'Or winner at the age of 22, after winning the FA Cup, Football League Cup, and UEFA Cup with Liverpool and scoring 24 goals in 46 games.

3. Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi is a professional soccer player from Argentina. He is currently a right winger or offensive midfielder for the Spanish club FC Barcelona and the Argentina national team, where he has spent his whole football career.

He is often recognized as the greatest footballer of all time due to his unequaled achievements in the sport. For his club, his country, and himself, he has won numerous soccer awards. His professionalism is unrivaled.

However, Lionel Messi was, according to Wikipedia, born on 24 June 1987. He is currently 34 years.

Messi won the Ballon d'Or at the age of 22 in 2009, 12 years ago, eclipsing his club teammate Xavi, who finished second, and the previous year winner, Cristiano Ronaldo of Manchester United, by a record 240 points. His spotless record in assisting Barcelona achieve UEFA Champions League gold was instrumental in his winning the Ballon d'Or that year.

After captaining his club and country to Copa del Rey and Copa America victories respectively, the FC Barcelona's immensely skilled player is still blooming stronger in his soccer career and, at the age of 34, might win his 7th Ballon d'Or this year.

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