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Three players destined to win the Ballon d'Or in their careers

Tuesday 27th December 2016
Not since 2007 has any player other than Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi won the Ballon d'Or; the latest instalment of which was won by Ronaldo after an unbelievable 2016. While we would love to see both of them play forever, it is simply impossible. So let's take a look at 3 players who are destined to win one of football's most coveted individual awards.

Neymar da Silva Junior



Neymar tops the list for me, He is an amazing talent and the array of skills he possesses makes him one defenders wouldn't be wanting to confront anytime soon.

Since he joined Barcelona back in 2013, the Brazilian has evolved as more of a team player and has formed the most prolific strike-force in Europe; A strike-force that includes fellow South American superstars, Messi and Lui Suarez.

In the 155 games he has played for Barcelona, he has scored 89 times. Winning 7 titles in the process. He has scored more goals than Ronaldo did at age 24.
Neymar is worshipped almost as a god in his native Brazil. At the tender age of 22 he was made captain of the Brazilian national side before stepping down after captaining his country to their maiden football Olympic gold medal in the summer.

He is 27 goals shy of Pele's all-time goal record of 77 goals and with number of years he has in front of him, you'd imagine he will exceed that figure.

On Monday however, Neymar told the La Liga website that he was not obsessed with winning the Ballon d'Or and how he wasn't going to have sleepless nights if he never wins the coveted award.

Paul Pogba



After a rather slow start to life at Manchester United following his world record move, Pogba is now beginning to find his feet.

He put in another assured display in the victory over Sunderland on Boxing day and was unlucky not to get on the scoresheet.
For such a tall player, Pogba has incredibly nimble feet and he isn't shy to show them off. His cross-field passes have been great to watch.

His quality has shone through the United midfield so it's no surprise an upturn in form has coincided with United's unbeaten run.

Pogba stats have been mightily impressive. He has completed 957 of his passes with an accuracy of 85%. He has also created more chances than any other United player (30).

Red Devils manager, Jose Mourinho is of the opinion the France international is the best midfielder in the world and believes he can win the Ballon d'Or someday.

"If the perception change; Paul can win it [the Ballon d'Or] because Paul is not a goal scorer, Paul is a midfielder" he told SFR

"He will continue to score more and more goals. Because I think he has conditions to score goals. But Paul is a midfield player. In my opinion, the best. The best midfield player in the world."

Pogba is just 23 years of age and is looking like he could go on to achieve great things in his career. Only four Manchester United players have won the Ballon d'Or (Best, Law, Charlton and Ronaldo) and perhaps Pogba will be the fifth.

Eden Hazard



After the horrors of last season, Hazard has reestablished himself as one of the best players in the League.

His marked improvement has proven the adage 'form is temporary but class is permanent' to be true.

Hazard has looked a far better player for Chelsea this term, and perhaps that's down to the management of Italian Antonio Conte.

He has a knack for being in the right place at the right time and already has 9 goals to his name in the Premier League.

He is similar to Ronaldo and Messi in the way he keeps the ball so close to his body. Watching him, it seems as though the ball is glued to his feet.

Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte feels the 25-year-old has it in him to become the best player in the world. The Telegraph quoted Conte to have said about the Belgium international

"we all know the great talent of Eden"

" I think he must continue to work and to improve his talent, but at the moment, he's putting himself in the team"

"That is fantastic, it's the right way to become one of the best in the world."

Hazard was again at his irrepressible best on Boxing day. Leading the line in place of the suspended Diego Costa, he made life a living hell for Bournemouth's Simon Frances and became only the 6th player to score 50 League goals for the Blues.

I would be very surprised if any of the aforementioned trio doesn't win the Ballon d'Or in their career.  All are top notch players deserving of the award at some point in their career.
Adoyi Joshua Adoyi

Adoyi is a Nigerian with a keen passion for sports  - more so football and is an avid supporter of Manchester United. He spends his weekends glued to his TV screen, watching the beautiful game.


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