Michael Ballack, born September 26, 1976, in Görlitz, East Germany, is a German professional footballer, playing for Bundesliga club Bayer Leverkusen.

Ballack is among the top goal scorers in the history of his international team.

Ballack has worn the number 13 shirt for every team he has played for except for Kaiserslautern. He was selected by Pelé as one of FIFA’s 100 Greatest Living Players, and as the UEFA Club Midfielder of the Year in 2002.

Ballack has won the German Footballer of the Year award three times – in 2002, 2003 and 2005.

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