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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 1. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Michael Ballack has received more than 3,219,521 page views. His biography is available in 76 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 75 in 2019). Michael Ballack is the 184th most popular soccer player (up from 209th in 2019), the 1,096th most popular biography from Germany (up from 1,106th in 2019) and the 17th 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 184 out of 16,880Before him are Harald Schumacher, Helmut Schön, David Villa, Oldřich Nejedlý, Gyula Grosics, and José Luis Chilavert. After him are Carlos Bilardo, Andrea Pirlo, Arie Haan, Antonio Conte, Jorge Jesus, and Ștefan Kovács.

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Among people born in 1976, Michael Ballack ranks 10Before him are Francesco Totti, Cillian Murphy, Chester Bennington, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ryan Reynolds, and Yuval Noah Harari. After him are Clarence Seedorf, Ramzan Kadyrov, Judit Polgár, Alexei Navalny, Ruud van Nistelrooy, and Audrey Tautou.

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Among people born in Germany, Michael Ballack ranks 1,096 out of 6,142Before him are Jack Steinberger (1921), Karl Anton, Prince of Hohenzollern (1811), Paul Langerhans (1847), Max Ophüls (1902), Engelbert Kaempfer (1651), and Georg Friedrich Grotefend (1775). After him are Princess Anna Sophie of Denmark (1647), Prince Eitel Friedrich of Prussia (1883), Georg Baselitz (1938), Frederick III, Duke of Holstein-Gottorp (1597), Duchess Sophia Frederica of Mecklenburg-Schwerin (1758), and Christian Wirth (1885).


Among soccer players born in Germany, Michael Ballack ranks 17Before him are Felix Magath (1953), Berti Vogts (1946), Günter Netzer (1944), Wolfgang Overath (1943), Harald Schumacher (1954), and Helmut Schön (1915). After him are Helmut Rahn (1929), Manuel Neuer (1986), Mesut Özil (1988), Helmut Haller (1939), Bert Trautmann (1923), and Andreas Brehme (1960).