On Monday afternoon it was confirmed that the biggest (not literally) footballer in the world, Lionel Messi would be out for two months with a hamstring tear.
The star of Barcelona has scored 14 goals in 16 games this season, which made it 327 in 395 during his outstanding nine years with the Catalan side. Unfortunately for fans he will be out for a while, which really opens up the gap for someone else to fill in Messi's position as the best footballer in the world.
Now is the best time for other players to step into Messi's boots as the next Ballon d'Or awards will be held in January. Messi has won the award four times (consecutively, a record), but can he make it five?
This year has been a year for superb football; how Robert Lewandowski scoring four goals for Borussia Dortmund in their 4-0 win against Real Madrid, which sent them to the Champions League final, was one of the highlights.
But the season was truly remembered for Bayern Munich dominating Europe and seeing them lose only three games. A season that also saw an innocent Welsh lad become the PFA Player and Young Player of the Year, which lead to him becoming the world's most expensive player at €100 million.
Yes, 2013 was arguably the best season football has had yet and the Ballon d'Or awards this time round promise to be very, very interesting.
A man who might finally get his Ballon d'Or back is Cristiano Ronaldo; the general has won the award once back in 2008 and has come second place four times (three of those to Messi)!
But Ronaldo just seems to make the impossible possible, when he moved to Real Madrid from Manchester United for a world record fee (at the time) of £80 million no one thought he could have got much better, but he proved everyone wrong and since then has just become more and more insanely talented scoring 225 goals in 216 games!
He has scored 79 in his last 72 which is also just unreal. Ronaldo has to be the number one contender for the Ballon d'Or this season, it just helps him that Lionel Messi is out for a couple of months. Ronaldo didn't even have his best season last year but he still managed to score 55 in 55.
He and Messi make the La Liga look so simple to play in and Messi scored 60 in 50 last season, which could put him in the driving seat for the biggest award in football however. It just shows that when Ronaldo does anything exceptional, Messi just has to top it somehow and this is why Messi has four Ballons d'Or and Cristiano only has one.
Other people who are in with a shout for the award are possibly Radamel Falcao, his transfer saga all through last season was well justified as at one point he had to be the most lethal striker in the world and he still is in France as he tops the French league with another possible Ballon d'Or candidate - Edinson Cavani.
The Uruguay international now plays for PSG alongside yet another strong Ballon d'Or candidate in Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who has been said to be one of the most talented players of his generation and the stats really don't lie.
Ibrahimovic has never won a Ballon d'Or but he certainly has the quality to win one. In his last five footballing seasons he has scored 156 goals in his last 239 games. As he as got older, he certainly hasn't gotten weaker that's for sure.
I write about these superb players and nearly forget how brilliant Robert Lewandowski, Gareth Bale, Franck Ribéry, Robin van Persie, Yaya Touré and the man who thrives off of controversy, Luis Suárez.
This year's Ballon d'Or awards are definitely going to be exciting with the award being open to many of the candidates, hopefully it will not be a total anti-climax!
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