Maradona and Pele never won Ballon D’or. Here is why.

Neither Pele nor Diego Maradona were ever eligible to win the Ballon d’Or, with the FIFA Player of the Year award arriving too late in 1991.From its initial inception in 1956 the Ballon d’Or was only ever open to European players playing in Europe, and it was then expanded to include all nationalities playing in Europe in 1995. It wasn’t until 2010 that it merged with the FIFA Player of the Year to create the award we know today, and so the great Brazil and Argentina legends were never considered for it.

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