5 forwards who deserve to win Ballon d'Or
A detailed look at the five forwards who are the frontrunners for this year's accolade.
Ballon d'Or has always been seen as the highest possible accolade that a player can win for his individual contribution to his respective side. France Football will give away the 2017 Ballon d'Or on Thursday, December 7, in a grand ceremony with as many as 30 nominees being in the race.
But as has been the norm in the past decade or so, the award is expected to be won for yet another year by a forward. And Europe truly has the best set of attackers fighting it out in their respective leagues. With many strikers leading the scoring charts in Europe, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi finally have a fight on their hands.
As a leak recently showed Lionel Messi as the winner of Ballon d'Or 2017, many are thinking that Cristiano Ronaldo will sweep the awards just as at the FIFA Best awards. For that scenario (including the two superhumans), let's make a case for 5 forwards playing in Europe who deserve to win the prestigious Ballon accolade for 2017:
#5 Paulo Dybala
With two hat-tricks to his name already in Serie A this season, it can be safely said that Paulo Dybala has finally made that transition from being a prospect to become a world beater. He has entered the higher echelons of top footballers and his records in the previous season justify his claim of winning the top honour.
Dybala has already scored 14 goals with three assists in all competitions with his performances often being the saving grace for a faltering Juventus side. In the entirety of last season, Dybala had scored 19 goals and he is on the line to beat that in the current campaign. His overall impact and influence for Juventus have made him a top contender for tomorrow's Ballon d'Or ceremony.