The preceding edition of the Balon d’Or gave rise to countless controversies where people believed that it should have been Robert Lewandowski who should have been ennobled with football’s greatest individual award instead of Lionel Messi. However, now that it is nothing but a past, anticipations have already started brewing for the upcoming edition of the award.
Needless to say, the fray has already started doing rounds around the big names of the sport alongside the ones who can be potential stars of the future. As the ever-shifting power-rankings drop significant hints about who can be the possible winner, we will take a quick look at the top five in the latest power rankings list.
#5 Kylian Mbappe
The PSG sharpshooter is going through another phenomenal season where he has already chronicled 24 appearances from which he has bagged 14 goals and stitched together 10 assists. He has started in 96 percent of the games, played an average of 88 minutes per game and has been heavily involved in goals as his contribution reads a staggering 43 percent. The 23-year-old speedster continues to be one of the primary weapons for the French stalwarts.
#4 Cristiano Ronaldo
In a season where his contributions have been questioned vehemently, the Portuguese striker has still managed to remain afloat in the top four. He has racked 23 appearances in the Premier League where he has bagged 9 goals and stitched together 3 assists. He has started in 87 percent of the games, played 85 minutes in a game and has been involved in 27 percent of United’s goals. Despite his showdowns in the Premier League being intermittent, his contributions in the Champions League have been a decisive factor in helping Manchester qualify for the round of 16.
#3 Karim Benzema
Ronaldo’s former partner at Real Madrid has been in red hot form that has witnessed the Frenchman transcending himself to a legendary level, spearheading the Real Madrid attacking unit in the ongoing edition of the tournament. His chemistry with Vinicius Jr has been a sight for the sore eyes. He has played in 24 matches in the La Liga that has seen him fire home 19 goals and weave together 9 assists. He has started in all of Real Madrid’s games so far where he has racked up an average of 82 minutes per game and contributed 54 percent to Madrid’s numbers.
#2 Robert Lewandowski
Honestly, this is a tough call to differentiate between the heroics of the Egyptian and the Polish but as far as numbers are concerned, the Bayern Munich striker is currently in the second position. The man who is in the form of his life ever since the pandemic started has been in the midst of another terrific season where he has played 25 Bundesliga games, bagging 28 goals and an assist. He has started all the games for Bayern, played all the 90 minutes of the game and participated in 38 percent of the team’s goals.
#1 Mohamed Salah
The Egyptian talisman has gone absolutely berserk in the ongoing season where he has bagged 19 goals from the 25 Premier League games that he has been a part of and also assisted a staggering ten times. He has started 96 percent of the games for Liverpool, played 90 minutes of every game and contributed a whopping 41 percent of the team’s goals.