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Tales from the Ballon d'Or Champions Book .. Matthews wins 1990 and 91st runners-up

Many football stars left indelible historical imprints inside the green rectangle during their football career full of titles and accomplishments, whether with the national teams or the clubs that defended their shirt, to succeed in engraving their names in letters of light in the records of the winners of the Golden Ball Award, which is awarded annually by the famous French magazine France Football has been named the best player in the world since its inception in 1956 until now.

Lothar Matthews, the former German national team star, won the Golden Ball award in 1990 after his long career, whether with his country or the clubs he played with, most notably Bayern Munich, Inter Milan, and ranked second in the award ranking in 1991.

Matthews won the highest number of votes with 137 in the Ballon d'Or in 1990, surpassing Italian Salvatore Skilaci, who scored second with 84 points, and his compatriot Andreas Brehme, third, with 68 points.

Matthews started his football career with Borussia Monchengladbach in 1979, then joined Bayern in 1984 to score his appearance in 302 matches and scored 85 goals, and he also played for Inter Milan for 4 years.

With Bayern Munich, Matthews won the German League seven times (1985 - 1987 - 1994 - 1997 - 1999 - 2000), the German Cup three times (1986 - 1998 - 2000) and the European Cup once in 1996.

With Inter Milan, the German star won the Italian League in 1989 and the UEFA Cup in 1991.

At the international level, Matthews is the most participating player in the history of the German national team, with 150 international matches, during which he scored 23 goals, and the legendary player contributed to the machines crowning the World Cup in 1990, in addition to the European Nations Cup in 1980.