Ballack enjoyed a fine career with the likes of Bayern Munich, Bayer Leverkusen and Chelsea.
Unfortunately he developed a habit for finishing as a runner up throughout his career, in the 2000 and 2008 Champions League finals, a World Cup final and European Championship final among others.
Nonetheless he will be remembered as one of the, if not the finest, German player of his generation.
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Summer 2016 is set to be a very exciting time for football fans, as this is when the long awaited Euro 2016 tournament kicks off.
Since Guus Hiddink arrived at the helm, Chelsea have improved considerably after a tricky start to the campaign.