Ballon d’Or: Power Ranking the 23 Finalists

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Jun 26, 2014; Recife, BRAZIL; Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer (1) against USA during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Pernambuco. Germany defeated USA 1-0. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

FC Bayern Trio

10. Thomas Muller, Germany, FC Bayern

9. Arjen Robben, Netherlands, FC Bayern

8. Manuel Neuer, Germany, FC Bayern

FC Bayern have a staggering seven players on this list (including ex-Bayern player Toni Kroos), accounting for nearly one-third of the shortlist. This trio shined brightest mainly due to the World Cup.

Muller finished just one goal shy of taking home the Golden Boot, finishing with 5 goals and 3 assists in their 7 games in Brazil. For his club, he remains one of the vital and versatile members, playing anywhere from winger to central attacker to striker.

Robben remains one of the best players on Bayern. While his stats may not be as prolific as others, his impact is great nonetheless. More importantly, he was absolutely vital in the Dutch run to through the World Cup, making his year all the more impressive.

Last of the Bayern trio is Neuer, who is unlike any keeper in the world. His sweeper keeper method is unique, sometimes risky, but always entertaining. While not the captain, Neuer controls his troops from the back and is, without a doubt, the best keeper in the world. Consider that only Neuer and Courtois were nominated this year and Courtois (in my poll) came in near the bottom. Neuer is a bonafide top ten candidate this year.