Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are almost always the top two candidates to win the Ballon d'Or due to their unreal goal scoring stats. 

They are two great players of the game but goal scoring isn't the only component which makes you a world class player and that is why its unfortunate that many players have been overlooked just because they aren't prolific goal scorers. 

The Ballon d'Or is becoming like a better version of the golden boot as the best goal scorers from around Europe are nominated instead of the best defenders and goalkeepers in the game. 

It isn't often that you see a goalkeeper or defender get into the top five of the Ballon d'Or. 

Andres Iniesta and Xavi are two enigmas of some sort when it comes to these awards as they are always in the thick of it despite not scoring many goals throughout the season. 

A reason for this could be that their style of play is glamorous, their dribbling and passing appeal to the eye resulting in them getting nominated regularly. 

But what about the players who are affiliated with the non-glamorous side of the game? Well they are left out every season. One can almost forecast that the next Ballon d'Or will be a showdown between Messi and Ronaldo even though they didn't really help their sides win on all fronts. 

They were both individually brilliant and the Ballon d'Or is an individual award, so what’s all the fuss about? The fuss is that there are players out there who have been world class like Ronaldo and Messi but aren't goal scorers making them unpopular among the public. 

Let's take this season as an example. Ronaldo and Messi again had unbelievable goal scoring stats but they both won just one trophy in total, which was the La Liga. 

Philipp Lahm on the other hand is a right back and barely scores but he has lead his side to the treble. Lahm is arguably the best full back in the world right now and is world class in his own right. 

Lahm has also accumulated 16 assists for Bayern Munich this term, which is really good for a full back. He has also defended well and played a big role in making Bayern the best defence in Europe. 

Lahm has lead from the front this season and has captained his side to the treble. Lahm, Ronaldo and Messi were all world class this season but Lahm was successful too. Lahm's position doesn't require him to score, dribble or give defence cutting through balls. He needs to make crunch tackles, give accurate passes and cross the ball with excellence, which he has done all season. 

Lahm obviously isn't going to be one of the favourites going into the Ballon d'Or as everyone just looks at the Messi vs Ronaldo rivalry. Next season will be another year when Ronaldo or Messi will win the Ballon d'Or and another world class player will be overlooked for the award. 

Only the abilities, which appeal to the eye are taken into account when voting for the winner of Ballon d'Or making it increasingly irrelevant as goal scoring is rewarded instead of overall footballing ability. 

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