There was a time not too long ago when football's most prestigious individual award, the Ballon d'Or, was long debated and fiercely competitive. That was until 2008 when Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo emerged as global wrecking balls on the opposing defences and formed a mesmeric charge of awards towards La Liga.
The two superstars have created their own history and record books away from the norm where the greats of Marco van Basten, Kaka, Zinedine Zidane and co. sit. Luka Modric has been the only man to dethrone the two great men, although Messi would reclaim the Ballon d'Or just 12 months later.
Modric's win in 2018 did, however, mean that the claim for the best in the world stuck with a player within Spain, overlooking the greats of world football from outside of La Liga once more.
Now, after 12 years of a Messi-Ronaldo dominance, with a sprinkle of Croatian, we take a look at what players have been overlooked down the years for this prestigious trophy, from Andres Iniesta and Virgil van Dijk, to Thierry Henry and Raul.