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Ballon d'Or Power Ranking: January 2019

Shambhu Ajith
FEATURED WRITER
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35.35K   //    11 Jan 2019, 13:03 IST

New year, fresh race
New year, fresh race

We're in the middle of quite a fascinating season of football in Europe. English clubs are dragging themselves out of the fatigue caused by a testing set of fixtures around the festive season. Top clubs across Europe are looking eagerly into the market with the January transfer window now open.

Luka Modric brought an end to the Ballon d'Or duopoly of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. He capped off an exceptional year where he won the UEFA Champions League with Real Madrid and took Croatia to the World Cup with perhaps the most prestigious individual honour in world football.

This year, however, it is once again starting to look like we are primed for a return to familiarity with several of the top guns in European football hardly showing any signs of slowing down as they continue to wreak havoc in their domestic leagues. We will surely have a better idea by the time the UEFA Champions League knockout stage begins.

Without further ado, let's take a look at the January 2019 edition of the Ballon d'Or Power Rankings.

#10 Jadon Sancho

Sancho has been a revelation this season
Sancho has been a revelation this season

Manchester City must be ruing their decision-making watching Sancho make waves in the Bundesliga. The teenager has been in spectacular form after joining Dortmund this past summer and has gone on to displace Christian Pulisic from the starting XI.

From 10 starts this term in the Bundesliga, Sancho has scored 6 times and set up a further 7 goals. He was in great form in December and impressed every time he played. He was Dortmund's best player against Freiburg. He capped off a good performance against Schalke with a goal.

He was once Borussia Dortmund's best player once again as they squared off against Monchengladbach and scored a goal to put the icing on the cake. The 18-year-old has been pivotal to Dortmund's exploits in the Bundesliga this season. They will hope that he can continue to power through the rest of the season as they sit 6 points clear at the top after 17 games.

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