It is time to start thinking about who will win the 2014 Ballon D’or. There are a few clear-cut candidates already. Here you will find my predictions of who the top 5 finishers will be.
5. Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Easily the best current footballer to have not won a Ballon D’or, Zlatan Ibrahimovic improves as he gets older. Currently playing for Paris Saint-Germain, the Swede must play even better than his current impeccable form to have a chance at the esteemed trophy as his nation won’t be in this summer’s World Cup.
4. Luis Suarez
The Liverpool and Uruguay striker has been unstoppable lately. He is on track to break the record for most goals in a Premier League season even though he missed the first six games (for biting Bransilav Ivanovic of Chelsea). Currently the lone leader in the EPL in both goals and assists, Suarez has done all but given his acceptance speech to collect the PFA Player of the Year Award. Suarez must also impress at the World Cup this summer and lead his team out of a difficult group to at least the quarterfinals. While playing very well along the way.
3. Cristiano Ronaldo
The reigning Ballon D’or winner has a much harder path to the trophy this year. He has had a recent small dip in form with Real Madrid and now faces much stiffer competition in the form of Luis Suarez and a fully fit Lionel Messi. Although he easily won the last trophy, come January not many bookies will have him first on their list.
The Brazilian wunderkind has played fairly well with club team Barcelona of late. But the key to him winning the golden ball of the whole world in January, is winning the World Cup with Brazil and winning that golden ball.
1. Lionel Messi
The 4-time Ballon D’or champion has the biggest chance of winning the trophy next year. He finished a close second to Cristiano Ronaldo last time around, even though he was injured for much of the season. If the stellar forward can keep up his current form and continue winning trophies with Barcelona, all he will have to do is finally have a good World Cup with Argentina (a title wouldn’t hurt).