A German legend turns 40 today, Michael Ballack graced the footballing world with his German powerhouse style of play.

Ballack enjoyed stints all over the world and wore the number 13 shirt for every team he played for except for Kaiserslautern, as well as, being named as one of FIFA’s 125 Greatest Living Players by none other than Pele.

His career spanned over 15 years before ending his career in 2012 and made over 450 appearances in his time as a professional footballer.

At his peak, he was considered as one of the most versatile midfielders of the generation in a time where Paul Scholes, Steven Gerrard, Andrea Pirlo, Gennaro Gattuso and Frank Lampard anchored many midfield’s.

During his time in football, Ballack received criticism during his time at Bayern Munich, Chelsea and on international duty with Germany.

Personal accolade wise, Ballack won pretty much everything, he won 13 individual awards.

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