It seems as if the debate on who is the best player in the world will continue forever. 

Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Franck Ribery are among the favorites to claim the prestigious award. 

Many will point out that Ronaldo has the most goals out of those four, but is this enough to win the Ballon d'Or? 

Let's look back in time for a moment.

In 2010, Wesley Sneijder won three trophies at his club, Inter Milan. The Coppa Italia, Champions League, and the Serie A title. Apart from that, he led the Netherlands to the World Cup final after being unbeaten up until the final. All this, and Messi still won the award. 

In 2011, Ronaldo scored more goals than Messi, but "La Pulga" won more trophies and he was again given the award.

In 2012, Messi scored more goals than Ronaldo, but the Portuguese won more trophies and took Portugal to the semi-finals of the Euro 2012, only to be beaten by Spain in the penalty shoot-out. FIFA again awards Messi the Ballon.

So it seems as if Messi has been favourite for the past years. 

But, this year is going to be a lot tighter, considering that four players could very well take the award home. 

Messi has been out of form, and has not scored the amount of goals that we are accustomed to seeing him score.

Ibrahimovic has been scoring quite a few spectacular goals, but the Swede needs to do it on a regular basis, like Messi or Cristiano.

And Ribery has been scoring as well, and also was an instrumental player in Bayern's treble achievement last season. But the Frenchman has only done so during the previous and current campaign. Consistency would help him in claiming the award.

Finally, Ronaldo has been scoring tons in all his seasons at Real Madrid. Not only this, but he has helped his club win La Liga, the Copa del Rey, and the Spanish SuperCopa. Even before this, he proved his value at Manchester United. 

Final Analysis

Ronaldo should win the award. The Portuguese star has proven himself in two different countries - including, some would say, the much tougher Barclays Premier League. The hot form that he is currently on should help convince the judges that he deserves his second Ballon d'Or. 

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