► Robert Lewandowski
He was surely the longest favorite at the moment. Author of an XXL season, the Polish serial striker panicked the counters. 51 goals in 43 matches in all competitions, nobody does better than him in Europe. Top Bundesliga goalscorer, top Bundesliga player, Robert Lewandowski was the great architect of Bayern Munich’s 9th consecutive title. In addition, it was also huge on the European scene. Currently at the top of the Champions League scorer ranking with 11 goals in just 6 games, the former Borussia Dortmund scorer can still dream higher. The Bavarians are due to play their round of 16 second leg but are almost already in the next round after their resounding three-goal victory in the first leg on Chelsea’s lawn. In great shape, the men of Hans Dieter-Flick arrive in confidence in C1 and Robert Lewandowski could logically have hoped for the title of best player of the year.
► Karim Benzema
Alongside Robert Lewandowski, Karim Benzema may have it bad this Monday July 20. In sparkling form, Merengue striker was Real Madrid’s number one asset in his quest for the title in Spain. Author of high class gestures almost every weekend, KB9 has amazed the football world on multiple occasions this season and increasingly appeared as one of the big favorites at the Ballon d’Or. Above all, Madrid players have returned stronger than ever since the resumption of football. Ten wins in 11 league games, the men’s Zinedine Zidane seem unstoppable. While their defeat at home against Manchester City in the round of 16 first leg of the C1 on February 26 seemed to condemn them to elimination, this return to form may suggest a beautiful European course. “Unfortunately”, for Karim Benzema, the final reward can only be collective. In the best of all worlds.
► Cristiano Ronaldo
How not to put CR7 in this list? At 35 spring, the Portuguese never ceases to amaze us. While announced on the decline, he again demonstrated to the world that he was still far from retirement. Second best scorer in Serie A with 28 units, five matchdays to go, Cristiano Ronaldo is on a cloud since the recovery of the ball. The five-time Golden Ball has planted 7 times out of the 7 matches it has made since June 22. In terminator mode, he can especially finish the European Golden Shoe if he manages to score again seven times out of the five matches he has left. He would then become the first player to win this distinction in three different championships. While he also had his favorite competition to compete, namely the Champions League, the end of the CR7 season could have been grand and synonymous with a sixth Ballon d’Or.
► Lionel Messi
The great rival of Cristiano Ronaldo could also have dreamed of a seventh supreme coronation. He pushed his limits again to break records again. Holder of the Ballon d’Or title, Leo messi held FC Barcelona to himself. 25 goals and 20 assists on his meter only in La Liga, he is involved in 53% of his team’s goals, a monster! The only real accelerator of a Barcelona team struggling since the resumption, the brilliant Argentinian certainly saw the championship soar before his eyes, but could always hope for a good European course. Especially when Messi wants, Messi can. But rest assured, he remains the best player on the planet for another year. See you in 2021 for the native of Rosario who, you can be sure, will always be among the best on the planet.
► Sergio Ramos
The legendary Real Madrid defender had to be part of this prestigious list. Symbol of an overpowered Madrid since the recovery, Sergio Ramos demonstrated that he was much more than a defender. By scoring his 11th league goal of the season against Leganes, he becomes La Liga’s most prolific defender of the 21st century. By the way he beat a record dating back 15 years. Since resuming La Liga in June, Ramos has scored as many goals as Lionel Messi (six realizations, note) and was one of the keys to Real Madrid’s success for the title of champion. Charismatic, captain and now a goalscorer, SR4 was (or still is?) Off to a good start to the end of the season in cannonball.
The brilliant Brazilian must also be part of this list. Football is certainly at a standstill in France but to win the Ballon d’Or in a year without international competition, the European Cup would have been the Holy Grail for all the stars of the football world. Very criticized since his arrival at Paris Saint-Germain, Neymar was finally able to demonstrate all his talent in the round of 16 second leg against Borussia Dortmund. Author of a masterclass all in sobriety, it was he who had qualified his own. And while the Parisians have a royal road in the Champions League, new XXL performances of the “Ney” during European meetings, with a potential final victory in the key, would have been quite logically rewarded with a first Ballon d’Or which ‘he had come to seek in the Parisian capital.
► Kylian Mbappé
Finally, we could not forget the French prodigy. He too can be disappointed with such a decision on the part of France Football. Kylian Mbappé has everything to win the most prestigious of individual awards. Extraordinary statistics, an increasingly important media aura and an already full trophy cabinet for its age. Like his friend Neymar, a supposed victory at the Ballon d’Or would have been necessarily linked to the Champions League. In great shape since the recovery, the native twirl of Bondy seems ready to do anything to finally triumph on the European scene. With 32 goals in 36 games since the start of the season, the top scorer in Ligue 1 could have aimed for the supreme title this year. But at only 21, the Mbappé rocket will have many other opportunities to lift him.