Ballon d'Or Power Ranking: December 2019
The Ballon d'Or is widely regarded as the most prestigious personal accolade in world football, with fans across the globe waiting eagerly to see who picks up the award in 2019, as the winner is set to be announced on 2nd December in a glamours awards ceremony in Theatre du Chatelet, Paris, France.
By winning the award in 2018 after a sensational season for club and country, Luka Modric broke Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo's duopoly this decade, as the Croatian became the first player other than the pair to be named France Football's Player of the Year since Kaka in 2007.
Several players across Europe's top-five leagues have enhanced their reputation in the calendar year and it could be argued that as many as five players have a legitimate claim to the award this time around. Aside from the usual suspects, Virgil van Dijk is amongst the frontrunners for the award after making a name for himself as one of the most dominant defenders in world football.
The Netherlands captain played a key role, as Liverpool topped up their stunning league form by sealing their sixth Champions League crown in May and also led his country to the UEFA Nations League final, as they lost out to reigning European champions Portugal.
Messi is tipped to edge Ronaldo once again, as he did so last season and the Barcelona talisman could become the first player in the history of the game to win the award for the sixth time, a staggering return even by his lofty standards.
As the coronation edges ever so close, let's take a look at the Ballon d'Or Power Rankings for November 2019.
10. Eden Hazard - Chelsea/Real Madrid
Eden Hazard is the only player on the list to have represented more than one club in the period, as the Belgian genius finally realised his childhood dream of moving to Real Madrid this summer. Chelsea finished third in the Premier League standings and registered a comprehensive 5-1 victory against arch-rivals Arsenal in Europa League final, a victory that was inspired by their talisman himself.
Hazard was responsible for more than 50% of the Blues' goals in all competitions last season and was nominated for the PFA Player of the Year award for his exemplary performances domestically. Despite a failed move to the Santiago Bernabeu in the summer of 2017, Hazard refused to throw a tantrum and remained with Chelsea, as produced one of the greatest individual seasons in his professional career.
The Belgium captain finished the 2018-19 season with 21 goals and 17 assists in all competitions but he has struggled with injuries at his new club, as he's only managed a goal and 4 assists so far this season. On his day, the Belgian is a serial matchwinner and makes the list by virtue of his performances for Chelsea last season.