It is never too soon to start looking ahead. While the 2014 Ballon d’Or may only have been awarded on Monday, that just means that the race is already underway for the 2015 award.
The usual suspects (Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi) will surely expect to be in the mix once again for the primary individual prize in the sport, but there are plenty of other players who believe they have both the talent and the determination required to contend for the accolade.
The voting action has seemed to change in contempo years, with actual aggregation success—at club and/or all-embracing level—perhaps no best the antecedence it already was. Alone (often goalscoring) exploits now tend to allure greater absorption from the assorted voters.
With no absolute all-embracing clash of agenda to anguish about in 2015 admitting (sorry, Copa America and Africa Cup of Nations supporters, but they are absurd to bell with voters), that is beneath of a concern. Club exploits are acceptable to be the primary belief for any Ballon d’Or hopefuls searching to accomplish Cristiano Ronaldo over the next 12 months.
Javier Mascherano (Barcelona/Argentina)
His recent nomination was on the strength of his World Cup performances with Argentina.
Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea/Belgium)
Undoubtedly one of the best in the world, but he’s likely to be overlooked in favour of his outfield team-mates.
Robin van Persie (Manchester United/Netherlands)
Age seems to be catching up to him. His form and consistency are not what they once were.
Andrea Pirlo (Juventus/Italy)
He may not play enough over the year to be a realistic candidate in voters’ eyes.
Radamel Falcao (Manchester United/Colombia)
Still needs to settle into new surroundings, which makes producing top form hard to expect.
Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich/Poland)
Bayern’s all-round class means the Pole is likely to be overlooked unless his goalscoring record is astronomical.
Edinson Cavani (Paris Saint-Germain/Uruguay)
Will need to move out from the shadow of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, which might not happen this year.
Iker Casillas (Real Madrid/Spain)
Seems to be on the downward curve of his career, both for club and country.
Xabi Alonso (Bayern Munich/Spain)
Like Lewandowski, others in the Bayern team are surely more likely to catch the eye.
Mario Balotelli (Liverpool/Italy)
Shortlisted as recently as 2012, the Italian has found no form or consistency yet at Liverpool.