The Ballon d'Or is an annual award presented to the best player of the year. The award is presented by French football. The winner of the Ballon d'Or is the player who has the highest number of votes. The Ballon d'Or has been awarded to players annually since 1956. The Ballon d'Or was initially awarded by French football. In the year 2010, France's football's Ballon d'Or combined with the FIFA Player of the Year award to form the FIFA Ballon d'Or.
A lot of great players have a lot of Ballon d'Or titles. The player with the highest number of Ballon d'Or awards is Lionel Messi. He has six Ballon d'Or awards. Other players who have won the Ballon d'Or award are: Cristiano Ronaldo, Luka Modric, Cryuff, Van Basten and others. There are two players who are regarded as the greatest footballers in the world. These players are Pele and Maradona.
Pele began his football career at the age of 15. He began playing for Santos and the Brazilian national team. Pele scored a lot of goals in his football career. He also won a lot of awards and received several titles for his great achievements. Pele has won three world cups. He is also Brazil's highest goal scorer.
Maradona was an Argentine professional football player. Maradona is known for his passing, dribbling and ball control. Maradona played for the Spanish giants, Barcelona. He also played for Napoli and other teams.
Despite these achievements and records, Maradona and Pele never won the Ballon d'Or award. The reason why these players did not win the award is because from 1956 to 1995, the Ballon d'Or award was only given to European players. Pele and Maradona are not European players. This is the reason why Pele and Maradona did not win the Ballon d'Or award.
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