Top 6 players capable to end Messi and Ronaldo's Ballon d'Or duopoly
At some point down the line, be it a year from now or four, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo's Ballon d'Or dominance will come to an end.
6. Gabriel Jesus
Gabriel Jesus is already forcing Guardiola to make incredibly difficult choices regarding who to play up front for Manchester City. A striker capable of doing what he does—movement, finishing, pressing and all—is not common, and he feels destined for the very, very top.
5. Kylian Mbappe
The 18-year-old has formed one-third of a vaunted front three for PSG this season, and he is already in double figures for goals plus assists this season. His blend of speed, agility and movement is rare; it's a skill set that skips entire classes of footballers and comes around only every now and then.
4. Paul Pogba
Pogba is a borderline-unique footballer in terms of skill and physique, capable of being an X-factor from central midfield and deciding the game at the swing of a leg, and it creates the perfect cocktail. He is also incredibly popular, which is a useful tool in the Ballon d'Or stakes.
3. Paulo Dybala
His two goals against Barcelona in the Champions League last season spoke to what a special player he is. Twelve goals from 12 Serie A starts is a phenomenal record, and he's already scored two hat-tricks.
2. Eden Hazard
It doesn't matter if it's Newcastle United, Atletico Madrid or anyone in between, the Belgian will run riot and twist the opposing defence into knots, and from his newfound central position playing just off the striker, he's creating more than he ever has done.
Widely seen as the third-best player in the world, it's only natural to consider Neymar the best-placed player to end the Messi-Ronaldo dominance. Dazzling dribbling, ludicrously quick feet, cool finishing, a flawless first touch and an eye for creating chances, too, he ticks every single box.