Michael Ballack

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Michael Ballack (German pronunciation: [ˈmɪçaːʔeːl ˈbalak]; born 26 September 1976) is a German former professional footballer. He is among the top goal scorers in the history of the German national team. Ballack wore the number 13 shirt for every team he has played for, except from 1. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Michael Ballack has received more than 2,804,829 page views. His biography is available in 75 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 73 in 2019). Michael Ballack is the 209th most popular soccer player (up from 244th in 2019), the 1,106th most popular biography from Germany (up from 1,205th in 2019) and the 19th most popular German Soccer Player.

Michael Ballack is a retired German footballer who played as a midfielder. He is the only German player to have won the FIFA World Cup as captain, leading his country to victory in the 2002 tournament. He was also awarded the Silver Ball at the 2002 World Cup.

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Among soccer players, Michael Ballack ranks 209 out of 16,923Before him are Davor Šuker, Ernesto Valverde, Clarence Seedorf, Javier Zanetti, Shumpei Inoue, and Masao Ono. After him are Pavel Nedvěd, Takashi Takabayashi, Masao Nozawa, Amarildo Tavares da Silveira, Giampiero Boniperti, and Kurt Hamrin.

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Among people born in 1976, Michael Ballack ranks 11Before him are Andriy Shevchenko, Chester Bennington, Benedict Cumberbatch, Yuval Noah Harari, Ryan Reynolds, and Clarence Seedorf. After him are Ruud van Nistelrooy, Patrick Kluivert, Audrey Tautou, Judit Polgár, Colin Farrell, and Scott Adkins.

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Among people born in Germany, Michael Ballack ranks 1,106 out of 5,289Before him are Wilhelm Busch (1832), Wolf Vostell (1932), George, Duke of Brunswick-Calenberg (1582), Charles Frederick, Grand Duke of Baden (1728), Friedrich Maximilian Klinger (1752), and Henry Suso (1295). After him are Veit Stoss (1450), Barbara Blomberg (1527), Princess Auguste of Bavaria (1877), Prince Eitel Friedrich of Prussia (1883), Karl Bühler (1879), and Duke Henry of Mecklenburg-Schwerin (1876).


Among soccer players born in Germany, Michael Ballack ranks 19Before him are Helmut Schön (1915), Bert Trautmann (1923), Günter Netzer (1944), Wolfgang Overath (1943), Helmut Rahn (1929), and Felix Magath (1953). After him are Karl-Heinz Schnellinger (1939), Andreas Brehme (1960), Jupp Derwall (1927), Helmut Haller (1939), Sepp Herberger (1897), and Jens Lehmann (1969).