Whilst many things in football remain unpredictable, the Ballon d'Or is anything but.
Out of the 23 players nominated for the prestigious award only three - arguably four - have a chance of claiming to award.
Lionel Messi, winner of the last four remains favourite whilst Franck Ribery and Cristiano Ronaldo run close behind.
But what about the other 20 players on the list? Don't they deserve a mention?
We take a look at the five best of the rest players nominated for this year's award.