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The 10 Nations With The Most Ballon d'Or Winners

The nominees for the 2019 Ballon d'Or were announced on Tuesday afternoon, and 15 countries are represented across the 30 nominated players. But which nation has produced the most winners of the prestigious award over the years?

Click through the gallery above to see the 10 nations with the most Ballon d'Or winners!

Spain is the joint-ninth most successful nation in terms of producing Ballon d'Or winners, alongside the former Soviet Union, with players from the European nation winning the award on three occasions.  

Luiz Suarez (not to be mistaken with the current FC Barcelona striker) won the Ballon d'Or in 1960, just a year after countryman Alfredo Di Stefano, who acquired Spanish citizenship after converting from his native Argentina, won his second title.

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Argentina is joint-fifth among the all-time winners with five titles, all of which have been claimed by superstar Lionel Messi. The South American nation is level in the standings with Italy, England and fierce rivals Brazil.

There is a three-way tie for first place, with Germany, the Netherlands and Portugal having all produced seven winners since the award's inception in 1956. Among the winners for these nations are the likes of Franz Beckenbauer, Marco van Basten and Cristiano Ronaldo.

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Reigning world champions France also feature in the list, which can be viewed in full by scrolling the through the gallery above!

Who do you think will win this year's Ballon d'Or award? Share your thoughts by commenting below. 

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