At this year’s ceremony, France Football announced its star-studded Ballon d’Or’ Dream Team ‘.
France Football, the weekly magazine that created the award, chose instead to announce the best XI in its place, with the Ballon d’Or award canceled this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. Journalists from 170 countries cast their votes on who would make the team in a 3-4-3 formation, which sees the team line up.
They staggered their announcements by the hour on Monday afternoon, with goalkeeper and defenders first revealed and midfielder and attackers then followed.
In goal, between the sticks, Russia’s legendary goalkeeper Lev Yashin was called, cementing his reputation as arguably the greatest No. 1 of all time.
Between 1954 and 1970, Yashin, who won the Ballon d’Or in 1963 and remains the only goalkeeper in history to win it, made 74 appearances for the Soviet Union.
The back-three of Franz Beckenbauer, Cafu, and Paolo Maldini make up the rock-solid defense in front of him.
Beckenbauer, widely regarded as one of the greatest footballers of all time, is the only defender to win the Ballon d’Or on two separate occasions, having won everything with Bayern Munich and Germany for club and country.
More recent additions from Brazilian full-back Cafu and Italian legend Maldini are on either side of him.
Unlike Beckenbauer, the award was never won by either Cafu or Maldini, but they are both recognized as some of the best in their position. In 1994 and 2003, Maldini finished third twice in the Ballon d’Or poll.
Xavi, Lothar Matthaus, Pele, and the late great Diego Maradona made up the four-man midfield in front of them.