Despite the threadbare nature of their squad at present, Barcelona continue to set the pace in both La Liga and the Champions League.
Losing almost all of their best exponents at one time or another this season hasn't yet hampered their assault on every trophy available in 2015/16.
Even the absence of Lionel Messi hasn't had as detrimental an effect as might've been expected.
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Both Neymar and Luis Suarez have stepped up to the plate in terms of goalscoring duties to the point that 16 of the last 20 goals that the Catalans have scored have come from either the Brazilian or the Uruguayan.
None better in 2015
There simply hasn't been a better performing attacking trio anywhere in the world throughout the calendar year.
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Unless there happens to be one of the biggest ever shocks in the competition's history, then Messi will pick up an unprecedented fifth Ballon d'Or, taking him two clear of anyone else that has ever played the game.
Goals, assists, individual skill and passing that is from another planet altogether, the Argentine is just about as clear a favourite as could possibly be.
But what about his partners in crime?
Given that the award is made for performances across the year, Suarez and Neymar have to have a chance of making it a clean sweep in January.
Barca have form in this regard, of course. Xavi and Andres Iniesta helped Messi form a Blaugrana trio back in 2010.
Everyone will have their reasons for voting a certain way next January of course, be that tactical or otherwise.
But there is little doubt that if the award is genuinely meant to be for the best player in the world during a certain year, followed by the second and third best, then "MSN" simply have to take the honours.
It would be a travesty if the voting went any other way and would arguably leave FIFA with even more egg on their faces.
Against one of their toughest opponents this season in Villarreal, Neymar and Suarez showed what they were all about.
Not frightened to bare their teeth, physically and metaphorically against the Yellow Submarine, even getting in the referee's book for their troubles, both players were the difference in keeping the Catalans at the top of the table leading up to El Clasico.
A well-publicised family day out at PortAventura Theme Park was obviously better preparation than Villarreal's tortuous journey back from Belarus.
It's as if their form of the last campaign has just continued from where they left off before the summer break. Luis Enrique will be hoping for the same after the international break.
Go into the Club World Cup in similar form in December and there isn't really an argument about the Ballon d'Or one, two, three is there?
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