Ballack is known for being a versatile and well-conditioned player, equally at home in attack and defence, able to play in almost any position in midfield.india Updated: May 17, 2006 15:10 IST
|Current Club: Bayern Munich|
|Birth Date: September 26, 1976|
|Birth Place: Görlitz, Germany|
|Full Name: Michael Ballack|
Ballack is known for being a versatile and well-conditioned player, equally at home in attack and defence, able to play in almost any position in midfield. He made his name as an attacking midfielder with an eye for goal, but Bayern have recently employed him in a deeper role, where he has been able to direct play.
He is regarded as one of the most lethal headers in the world but is equally competent with his powerful left and right feet. These attributes have earned him the German player of the year award on three occasions (2002, 2003, 2005), a feat surpassed only by German legend Franz Beckenbauer, who won the award four times. Some experts consider him the most complete footballer in the world today.
Since 2004, he has been one of Germany's leading sports icons and the captain of the German national team, which is seeking World Cup glory on home soil.
Reports suggest that a move may be on the cards for Ballack, possibly to Real Madrid, Chelsea, Juventus or Inter Milan. A new contract at his club Bayern München, has yet to be agreed. He is currently in negotiations with Chelsea with a view to a move. There is intense speculation in the media that negotiations between Ballack and Chelsea FC are in final stages.