Ballon d'Or winners who played in the US

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With Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi linked with a move to Major League Soccer, here's a look at other former Ballon d'Or winners who played in the United States.

Long-time rivals Ronaldo and Messi, who boast 11 Ballon d'Or titles between them, have recently been linked with a move to the US after Inter Miami owner David Beckham recently confirmed his interest in the two global superstars.

Scroll through the gallery to see the former Ballon d'Or winners who played in the US

Should the duo make the move across the Atlantic, they would follow in the footsteps of a host of former Golden Ball winners to have done so, the most recent of which was former AC Milan and Brazil star Kaka.

The midfielder maestro won the Ballon d'Or in 2007 during his time with the Rossoneri before joining Orlando City towards the end of his career, where he scored 25 goals in 78 appearances before retiring in 2017. 

Prior to Kaka, a host of the game's biggest names graced the States' shores, including three-time Ballon d'Or winner Johan Cruyff, who turned out for the Los Angeles Aztecs and Washington Diplomats between 1978 and 1981.

German legends Franz Beckenbauer and Lothar Matthaus represented the New York Cosmos and MetroStars, respectively, while former FC Barcelona star Hristo Stoichkov played for the likes of Chicago Fire and DC United.

Stanley Matthews and George Best, who are widely regarded to rank among the best players ever to feature in England's top-flight, also enjoyed stints in the US, as did legendary Portugal forward Eusebio. 

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