Top six players of 2015.

Top six players of 2015

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The 2015 Ballon d’Or will be announced in a couple of weeks time and will be won be either Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo or Neymar.

But we’ve decided to compile our own list of the top six players from world football over the past 12 months - and have also ranked them in order.

Not everyone will agree with the order - football is all about different opinions, after all - but whether you disagree or think the list is spot on don’t forget to leave a comment in the box below to give us your thoughts.


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The biggest talking point from this list - and indeed the Ballon d’Or shortlist - is where Ronaldo deserves to be ranked.

Due to the fact football is a team sport, where trophies won count for more than individual goals scored, we’ve left Ronaldo out of the top three. But that’s not to say he’s had a bad year by any stretch of the imagination: he’s still been outstanding.

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6. Paul Pogba | Juventus

At least one player from Juventus had to make this list after the Old Lady won a domestic double and were unlucky not to make it a treble, losing to Barcelona in the final back in June.

Paul Pogba played an instrumental role in Juve’s success last season and has continued from where he left off during the opening months of the 2015-16 campaign.

The 22-year-old is a class act who stands an excellent chance of winning the Ballon d’Or in the future.

5. Robert Lewandowski | Bayern Munich

Robert Lewandowski sneaks into the top five on account of his remarkable start to the 2015-16 campaign.

That’s not to dismiss the 25 goals he scored for Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich last season, but he’s been performing at a totally different level over the past three or four months.

The Poland international has scored a remarkable 23 goals in 26 matches this term and is now regarded by many as the best out-and-out number nine in world football.

4. Cristiano Ronaldo | Real Madrid

Sixty-one goals in 54 appearances was another ridiculous return from Cristiano Ronaldo but you can’t ignore the fact that he failed to win a major trophy - with the exception of the UEFA Super Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup - last season.

At times it’s difficult not to feel that Ronaldo would rather Real Madrid lost 4-3 but he scored a hat-trick than Real Madrid won 1-0 or 2-0 and he failed to get himself on the scoresheet.

Scoring goals has become Ronaldo’s obsession - even more so, it seems, than winning team silverware - but the Real Madrid fans would rather he scored half the goals he currently does if it meant more trophies for the club.

Forget the goals for a second - many of which have been scored either from the penalty spot or against lesser opposition - one league title since he arrived at the Bernabeu in 2009 is not a return Ronaldo should feel proud of.

Nevertheless, the current holder of the Ballon d’Or has still been good enough over the course of 2015 to earn his place on this list.

3. Luis Suarez | Barcelona

Luis Suarez had every right to feel a little hard done-by after being omitted from the 2015 Ballon d’Or shortlist in favour of Ronaldo.

The Uruguayan was magnificent last season and played an instrumental role in Barcelona’s treble success.

Suarez, who missed the start of the 2014-15 campaign through suspension, went on to score 25 goals for the Catalan giants - including the second in Barcelona’s 3-1 win over Juventus in Berlin.

2. Neymar | Barcelona

Neymar scored 39 goals in all competitions last term but that kind of went under the radar because it’s a figure that pales in comparison to the extraordinary number of goals that Messi and Ronaldo have scored over past seasons.

The Brazilian has been outstanding, though, throughout 2015 and has justified every penny of his huge transfer fee.

Neymar scored in the finals of both the Copa del Rey and the Champions League and looks certain to win the Ballon d’Or in the not-too-distant future.

1. Lionel Messi | Barcelona

Lionel Messi will almost certainly win the Ballon d’Or for a record-breaking fifth time next month and there’s no doubt whatsoever that he deserves it.

The world’s best player produced some spellbinding performances in the biggest matches last season - including against Manchester City and Bayern Munich in the Champions League knockout rounds - and was unlucky not to win the Copa America with finalists Argentina in Chile.

Messi scored 58 goals in 57 matches for Barcelona last season and has 12 in 17 to his name so far this term.

But, as everyone knows, the Argentine genius is so much more than just a goalscorer.

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Paul Pogba
Robert Lewandowski
Lionel Messi
Luis Suarez
Real Madrid
UEFA Champions League
Cristiano Ronaldo

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