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Premier League players who could win the next Ballon d'Or

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Following the unveiling of Lionel Messi as the 2015 winner of the Ballon d'Or, it is now eight years since a player from the Barclays Premier League collected football's most coveted individual trophy.

Not since Cristiano Ronaldo amassed an incredible 42 goals in Manchester United's double winning season of 2008 has La Liga's dominance over the Ballon d'Or been broken; however, these players could possibly end that drought next year.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger stated his hopes this morning that record signing Mesut Ozil would claim the 2016 award, and the German is not alone in possessing the necessary talent to challenge.

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Mesut Ozil

Despite initial inconsistency following his  £42 million move from Real Madrid in August 2013, Ozil has started to fulfill his enormous potential this season as a crucial member of Arsenal's title challenge.

With 16 assists in just 19 Premier League games the German looks set to break the league record of 20 held by Thierry Henry, and could well deliver Arsenal their first league title in 11 years.

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The German playmaker is central to Wenger's plans and has finally begun to influence big games: he assisted both of Arsenal's goals in their recent 2-1 victory over title rivals Manchester City.

Success in the latter stages of the Champions League is seemingly a prerequisite to win the Ballon d'Or and despite his impressive display against Olympiakos, Ozil may fall short here, with Arsenal widely expected to crash out again in the round of 16 against Barcelona however; success in the European Championship with World Cup winners Germany could be sufficient. 

Sergio Aguero

If, and it is certainly a big if, the Argentine can remain fit he remains one of world football's premier strikers. In terms of natural talent as a finisher and general forward play, Aguero holds his own with the very best however; whereas Ronaldo and Luis Suarez possess enviable injury records, the Manchester City striker's career has been consistently dogged by muscular problems.

When available Aguero remains central to City's success, he famously clinched the club's first Premier League title with a last minute goal against QPR back in 2012, whilst his injuries have been a huge hindrance to Manuel Pelligrini as they aim to challenge for their third league title in five years.

With City favourites to progress from their Champions League tie against Dynamo Kiev, Aguero should have the opportunity to shine on Europe's top stage and remind everyone of his world-class talent.

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Following the unveiling of Lionel Messi as the 2015 winner of the Ballon d'Or, it is now eight years since a player from the Barclays Premier League collected football's most coveted individual trophy.

Not since Cristiano Ronaldo amassed an incredible 42 goals in Manchester United's double winning season of 2008 has La Liga's dominance over the Ballon d'Or been broken; however, these players could possibly end that drought next year.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger stated his hopes this morning that record signing Mesut Ozil would claim the 2016 award, and the German is not alone in possessing the necessary talent to challenge.

Eden Hazard

So dramatic has been the Belgian's fall from grace this season amidst the turmoil at Chelsea, that this seems a very distant possibility however; Hazard still retains the quality to be considered amongst the best.

The 25-year-old was Chelsea's standout player in their double-winning campaign last season, as he was crowned PFA Player of the Year and will be central to Belgium's plans as they aim to live up to their enormous potential this summer.

In the era of Ronaldo and Messi expectations on winger/forwards have soared and Hazard must look to improve his goal return in order to compete with both the old guard and Neymar.

A summer move to Real Madrid looks increasingly likely following Zinedine Zidane's elevation to manager however; for now with events at Stamford Bridge now seemingly back on an even keel under interim manager Guus Hiddink, the forward must look to propel Chelsea back up the league table and past Paris St Germain in the round of 16.

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Alexis Sanchez

Since his arrival in north London 18 months ago, the Chilean has been nothing short of a revelation in the Premier League.

Though Sanchez's season is currently being disrupted by a hamstring injury, his return could be crucial in Wenger's attempts to win his fourth Premier League title.

With his incredible work ethic, robust playing style and impressive strike rate, the forward has been a perfect fit for the Premier League and though he too could have his hopes curtailed by his former club in the Champions League, Sanchez is still amongst English football's elite.

His 24 goals last season were crucial in Arsenal retaining the FA Cup and ensuring qualification for the Champions League, whilst his budding relationship with Ozil gives Arsenal a serious chance of further success this year. 

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Sergio Aguero
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Lionel Messi
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