Currently Messi and Ronaldo are the two main contenders for the World Player of the Year award, however with some young stars starting to shine, others could soon challenge for the prestigious award.
Here we look at the top five candidates capable of winning the World Player of the Year award.
Eden Hazard (22-years old) - Chelsea
The young Belgian has been in scintillating form this season, and like team-mate Juan Mata, was included in the PFA team of the year, despite being a debutant in a league which is notoriously difficult to get to grips with. At 22-years of age, the Chelsea man still has a lot of developing to do and will undoubtebly be part of the world elite in the coming years.
Neymar (21-years old) - Santos
According to the great Pele, Neymar is already above that of Messi and Ronaldo in the footballing stakes. Perhaps a sentiment born out of pride for the Brazilian game, Neymar has some way to go before he is up there with the big boys. A move to a European giant seemingly beckons for the young Brazilian with Skysports reporting that he dreams of playing for either Barcelona, Real Madrid or Chelsea. Whatever the destination, goals and step-overs are likely to follow.
Isco (21- years old) - Malaga
Malaga's success has been mainly down to the young Spaniard. He's of the typical Spanish mould, 5ft 9, nimble and technically superb. Although linked with Chelsea and Real Madrid, Sky Sports revealed that he has recently signed a three-year extension at Malaga, which will undoubtedly aid his progression no-end. Having already played for Spain at such a tender age, he is likely to be involved with the national side in the 2014 World Cup.
Jack Wilshere (21-years old) - Arsenal
Perhaps the one thing stopping the Arsenal man becoming a world-class midfielder is that he is prone to the odd injury. When he has played this season he has looked a cut above his Arsenal team-mates. Lets hope he continues to improve into England's 2014 World Cup campaign.
Gotze (20-years old) - Dortmund
Gotze has been an integral part of Dortmund's success over the last couple of years and is gradually becoming a fixture within the German national team. Having made the move to Bayern for next season, its still to be seen how Gotze performs under Pep Guardiola. However, with all that ability it seems unlikely that the he will be anything but a key member of the side.
Or perhaps Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta and Cristiano Ronaldo will still be leading the way for the foreseeable future.
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