Wilfried Van Moer: football's greatest comeback story you've never heard

A glance at the results of the Ballon d'Or vote in 1980 might surprise you. Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and Bernd Schuster, champions of Europe with West Germany, came first and second, with third spot occupied by Michel Platini.

Who, though, is fourth-placed Wilfried Van Moer? It's a great injustice that most younger football fans haven't even heard of the former midfielder, and maybe never will. 

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Michael Yokhin

Michael Yokhin is a European football writer. In addition to FourFourTwo, he wrote for Guardian, BBC, ESPN, Blizzard, New York Times, Independent, 11Freunde, Josimar and others. He takes keen interest in leagues, teams and players that might be a bit out of the main focus in the mainstream media, and loves football history as well.