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Michael Ballack

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Bayern Lev saying he is leaving at the end of the season, so this likely means his stint in Europe is over.

Always wished he had left Germany for Real/England when the interest was there to see how really good he was.

But guy was a real German machine. 6 ft 2 box to box is a lot of peoples nightmare

Just wondering looking back how highly would you rate him in his prime?

Better then Viera? Keane? Davids? Gerrard? Y.Toure? Efffenburg? Seedorf? Veron? Essien? Redondo? Pep? Scholes? Robson? etc

Underrated or Overrated? TBH some big games he did go missing

But his presence, leadership, tough tackling, shooting, passing etc was lethal.

For me he is deffo top 5 midfielders of the 2000s generation. Him in his prime against Viera and Keane in the Prem would have been mouth watering

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I do remember when he got booked and missed the World Cup final in 02, was on work experience and had the chance to watch all the matches. f*ck*ng great, any who thought Ballack was class in his pomp, not one of the greats but was class.

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World Cup Semi Final 2002.

Man got booked banned for the final yet he carried them that match.

not like that bitch gazza crying and sh*t.

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Nah, he's a great.

Desperately unlucky not have a major international honours medal or CL medal.

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not better than anyone on that list

he played vs vieiera and keane in his prime and got brushed by both

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agreed with above

great player

chelsea have missed him tbh

just a quality mercedes sl black edition of a midfielder in my opinion

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Not better but as good as anyone on the list at his peak.

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Did this guy ever miss a penalty. I remember him being ruthless from the spot

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Very very talented player would of said he was great if won the champions league world cup in 2002

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Great player. He's a class above Toure and Essien

Never saw the best of him in the premiership though

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I do remember when he got booked and missed the World Cup final in 02, Ballack was class in his pomp, not one of the greats but was class.

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Ballack was different class.

His ambidexterity was too much.

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Could never see Ballack going down as one of the all time greats.

Every 10 years there is someone that breaks through and takes the mantle as a midfield leader in every country

It's just the how the development of life works.

30 years ago people would have been saying the same thing about Guilt, Rijkaard etc.

Ballack followed in the footsteps of Didi Hamman just like Lampard followed in the footsteps of Paul Scholes.

The true great players in my view defy the laws of physics and beat all logic, they create new positions, new roles, they define new tactical knowledge and innovate thinking.

I don't think Ballack has done this.

You look at Makalele, now he's a true great.

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Germany will probably view him as a legend on par with the names mentioned, and tbh he is as good as some of the names on that list, just with less winners medals

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