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Ballon d'Or 2017 Power rankings - Top 5 

Anirudh Menon
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Lionel Messi Cristiano Ronaldo Ballon d'Or 2017
Lionel Messi, the Ballon d'Or, and Cristiano Ronaldo - ever known a better love triangle?

The Ballon d'Or has been awarded since 1965 by France Football, initially to the best European players before being expanded to cover the entirety of the footballing community.

Even though their partnership with FIFA, started in 2010, ended last year, the signature Golden Ball (Ballon d'Or in French, hence the name) is still regarded as the highest individual honour up for grabs in football.

And we all know how big that is.

Here, factoring in performances from January to the first fortnight of October 2017, we have a look at the top 5 contenders for the Ballon d'Or - and rank them accordingly.

The winner of the 2016 Ballon d'Or was, of course, Cristiano Ronaldo

Please remember, this is an award that should, ideally, go to the best "individuals" out there and you are welcome to come up with your own top 5, basis their performance from Jan - mid-Oct, in the comments below!

Honourable mention - Radamel Falcao, 'cos his story deserves to be recognised

#5. Isco

Real Madrid CF v UD Las Palmas - La Liga
Isco has been magical all year

Isco has been magical for Real Madrid ever since he, and Gareth Bale's frail muscles, convinced Zinedine Zidane to give him an extended run in the competition. He runs the show at the Bernabeu, his dancing feet and impeccable vision the basis of most Real Madrid attacks.By the end of the year he was virtually unplayable - and although Madrid haven't started off too well this year, Isco certainly has picked up where he left it


For Spain, too, he has emerged the main man - and he ran circles around Italy in their top-of-the-group clash that sealed automatic qualification to World Cup 2018 for La Furia Roja... a performance that left Marco Veratti singing his praises that evening

"I suffered a lot against Isco. I was taken aback by his performance.Not even [Lionel] Messi has come close to that level. When I saw his nutmeg, I felt like standing up and applauding too."

In case you haven't seen it...

Give the lad an award just for that, will you?

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