Ballon D’Or power rankings: Who are these players in top form?

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Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona (Photo by Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)

Let’s take a look at some early Ballon d’Or contenders.

After a long break from football, rumours have started springing up regarding who will win this year’s Ballon d’Or. An award dominated by the likes of Ronaldo and Messi with Modric, an exception in between. This year could be a chance for a new winner.

Lionel Messi, the defending champion has 6 Ballon D’Ors to his name while Ronaldo has 5. With international tournaments postponed for next year, the criteria for claiming the prize could be based only on club performances.

Despite Brazil, Portugal, and Argentina ruling the rooster of Ballon D’or wins since the turn of the century, interestingly, it is Germany and Netherlands who are the joint leaders with the highest number of Ballon d’Or winners. Both countries have seen their players win it a staggering seven times, apiece.

Let’s take a look at the top 20 players contending for the prize based on current form

20. Ciro Immobile

19. Timo Werner

18. Jordan Henderson

17. Alphonso Davies

16. Sadio Mane

15. Kai Havertz

14. Paulo Dybala

13. Jadon Sancho

12. Sergio Ramos

11. Serge Gnabry

With Lazio failing to catch up to Juventus and Bayer Leverkusen losing out on a Champions League spot, it is safe to say Ciro Immobile and Havertz respectively have been finished for their season, but will be proud of their performances. Alphonso Davies the rising Canadian star has been eye-catching in his first senior season and has wrapped up two trophies with a Champions League campaign left.

Timo Werner has already secured a move to Chelsea, while Jadon Sancho will look to do the same with the Red Devils, the likely destination to help him challenge at the next level and maybe win the Ballon d’Or in the future. Henderson, Liverpool captain has put in some strong performances this season and has won a Premier League as well to establish a legend status among the Kop. Gnabry,Ramos and Dybala will be looking to further rise in rankings with Champions League,La Liga and Serie A still in action.

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