The 2021 men’s Ballon d’Or list is on top of us, and there are many players who you feel are in their midst with a real shout of victory.
Lionel Messi is vying for his seventh prize, and while he is guaranteed to reach the top, there are plenty of other champions from around the world who could argue that he was the best player.
Could it be Erling Haaland? Could it be Jorginho? In theory, yes.
But there is only one reasonable thing to do, and that puts the top 15 competitors in their chances of winning.