Such players are some of the finest talents in the world of soccer, beating all odds to hang onto the title for more thanc is no gamble for any lesser player.

Here are the three-time winners of the Ballon d’Or award, the highest award any footballer can claim.

Cristiano Ronaldo, the current holder of the trophy, is the latest three-time winner of Ballon d’Or for three running years. Having first clanged on the lucrative award in 2008, he is a great talent in the world of football. The Portuguese rose to fame for firing his country through numerous competitions via his fiery playing style, he helped his club, Manchester United, win UEFA championship competitions in the year 2007/2008. Cristiano also continues to show an unending passion for football, a factor that makes him a likely competitor for the coming awards of the same category.

Although Ronaldo trailed Messi in the following three years after his first win, he again rose to recapture the title in 2013, adding up to the trophy as a two-time holder of the award. After switching to Real Madrid, he made his stunts again, showing classy performances while playing for the club where he managed to get his second ward. Later on in 2013/2014, the Portuguese fired sixty shots through the net for his club and ten more for his home country, making him get the title a third time.

Lionel Messi, an Argentinian by nationality, saw the trophy stay constantly in his custody for the years starting 2009 to 2012. Seeing his club Barcelona through a multitude of competitions as well, he has crowned the king for the first time in 2009 after his club winning UEFA championships, Copa del Rey and the Spanish La Liga. With remarkable strikes that saw him and his club dominate soccer during those years, he was one of the top players in the world. The Argentinian continues to show skill with his club, with the only real competition coming from Ronaldo as for now.

Marco Van Basten also made the headlines when he won the title in 1988, 1989, and later in 1992. His crucial shots were the driving force that saw the Netherlands takes control of the UEFA championships during the 1988 competitions. He was the only first player to net four goals during UEFA championships competitions as well.

Michael Platini closes the list of three-time ballon d’Or winners in recent history. He is the second Dutch footballer to claim this trophy, making the Netherlands the only country with two players owning the award. He first won the trophy in 1984, they maintained a firm grip on the trophy for the next two years including 1984 and 1985.

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