The Ballon d’Or is handed out to the best player in the world from the previous year, with Lionel Messi being the only winner of the modern award since its creation in 2010.

However, his arch-rival for the title, Cristiano Ronaldo, is hotly tipped to win this time around, with Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribéry also in contention.

Yet while the debates continue to circle about who was the best in 2013, here's a look at who could pick up the accolade in the future.

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