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Ballon d'Or 2018: 5 outsiders for the award

Jidonu Mauyon
ANALYST
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24.22K   //    14 Oct 2018, 11:22 IST

Liverpool winger - Mohamed Salah
Liverpool winger - Mohamed Salah

The upcoming Ballon d'Or gala is the talk in town at the moment, with football enthusiasts from all the four corners of the world coming out on social media to express immense support for their favorite superstars as they fight for the chance to be recognized as the best player on the planet.

The award, whose gala will hold on the 3rd of December will be presented to the most impressive superstar during the year by France Football and the hosts have taken a huge step towards the event by releasing a list of 30 contenders recently - with a lot of regular names resurfacing on it.

While the focus is currently fixed on the battle between the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Luka Modric, Lionel Messi, Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe in the race for the prestigious accolade, it should not be forgotten that there are still a couple of fantastic superstars out there who also enjoyed a spectacular year for club and country.

Therefore, we decided to move away from the favorite names mentioned above and we have come up with a list of 5 outsiders for the Ballon d'Or award this term, ranking them in relation to their performances and achievements during the year. They are as follows:


#5 Neymar

The Brazilian had a decent campaign in the Ligue 1 last season
The Brazilian had a decent campaign in the Ligue 1 last season

Brazilian International Neymar Junior decided to quit FC Barcelona for Paris Saint Germain during the summer of 2017 with the aim to step out of Lionel Messi's shadow at the Nou Camp and establish himself on top of the football world.

The winger had a successful debut campaign in the Ligue 1, linking up with French wonderkid Kylian Mbappe and fellow South American forward Edinson Cavani to form a deadly attacking trio that shocked the football world with their incredible exploits in front of goal during the previous campaign.

Neymar bagged an incredible 28 goals and 16 assists in 30 appearances for the Parisians across all competitions last season and he was highly influential as the Ligue 1 outfit strolled to a fantastic domestic treble during the term. He was nominated for the Ballon d'Or award this year and he made our ranking for the top 5 outsiders to claim the accolade.

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Jidonu Mauyon
ANALYST
Jidonu Mauyon is a football enthusiast from Nigeria, who writes for a lot of publications, including the likes of Sportainment, Cube Soccer, Give Me Sport, FootballXtra, and Sportskeeda. He is a great fan of Lionel Messi and he likes to write about Barcelona, Real Madrid, Manchester City and Liverpool. He also covers a lot of topics relating to the EPL, La Liga, Seria A and the Ligue 1. He has been doing great in the field, helping to intensify the passion for the beautiful game by sharing his opinions with his fellow soccer fans across the globe. His works have earned him recognition, notably claiming the Best Essay Writer award in the 2015 Milo Sports Writing Competition. To him, his followers are his best friends and he would go a long way to ensure that he keeps them refreshed and entertained. You love football and he does too, why not follow him so you can burn the passion together?
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