🥇 2009 Ballon d'Or: Messi wins the first of many, two African stars make the top ten shortlist
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🥇 2009 Ballon d'Or: Messi wins the first of many, two African stars make the top ten shortlist

2009 was the year that Lionel Messi won his first of his record six Ballon d'Or titles. 

Here's a refresher of the list of ten nominees for the award handed out in what proved to be a historic and game-changing year for football. 

🥇 2009 Ballon d'Or nominees

  • 🇦🇷 Lionel Messi
  • 🇵🇹 Cristiano Ronaldo
  • 🇪🇸 Xavi
  • 🇪🇸 Andrés Iniesta 
  • 🇨🇲 Samuel Eto'o
  • 🇧🇷 Kaká 
  • 🇸🇪 Zlatan 
  • 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 Wayne Rooney
  • 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 Steven Gerrard 
  • 🇨🇮 Didier Drogba 

That's quite a stellar list with Samuel Eto'o, Messi's teammate for the first half of 2009 at Barcelona before his move to Inter, cracking the top five. Tomorrow we'll be back with 2010's list and see which names stayed the course.