Dream Team Golden Ball: Pelé, Zidane, Maradona ... and 6 Spaniards

France Football announced the 20 defensive midfielders and the 20 offensive midfielders that are up for the award. Next week the forwards will be known. The 17-D, the eleven.


France Football announced the name of the nominees for best defensive midfielder and best offensive midfielder in history in the Ballon d'Or Dream Team award. The French magazine continues to reveal the footballers who choose to form the best historical team, a specific award that this year replaces the traditional Ballon d'Or, suspended due to Covid-19.

Among the nominees in the defensive midfield category there are five Spaniards: Guardiola, Xabi Alonso, Busquets, Luis Suárez and Xavi. These last two are located in that demarcation although they also had a place in that of offensive midfielders. In addition to them, footballers such as Redondo, Rijkaard, Seedorf, Pirlo or Gerrard enter the payroll in this position.

The list of nominees for this position is as follows: Bozsik, Busquets, Didi, Falcao, Gerrard, Gerson, Guardiola, Masopust, Matthaus, Neskens, Pirlo, Redondo, Rijkaard, Schuster, Seedorf, Luis Suárez, Tardelli, Tigana, Xabi Alonso and Xavi.

Iniesta, among several colossi

More spectacular is, if possible, the section of offensive midfielders chosen by France Football. Among the 20 chosen is Andrés Iniesta, author of the most important goal in the history of Spanish football, although it will be very difficult to be voted into the final team in the presence of true giants such as Pelé, Maradona, Di Stéfano or Zidane.

The complete list of candidates for best offensive midfielder is made up of: Baggio, Bobby Charlton, Di Stéfano, Francescoli, Gullit, Hagi, Iniesta, Kopa, Kubala, Maradona, Mazzola, Pelé, Platini, Puskas, Rivera, Schiaffino, Socrates, Totti , Zico and Zidane. As in the demarcation of defensive midfielders, only two of them will have to be chosen.

Last week the candidates for best goalkeeper and best defense were already announced in the four specific positions (right back, left back and central). Among the nominees were Casillas and Sergio Ramos, as well as Madrid player Marcelo. Next Monday the nominees for the best forwards will be announced, for which there will be a division of ten players per position: left, right and center forward. Thus, with all the candidates already known, France Football will announce the eleven winner on December 17 after the votes cast by its correspondents around the world, in the same traditional style with which the Ballon d'Or is voted every year.

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