Top 5 candidates for the Ballon d'Or 2017
The Ballon d'Or has imposed itself as one of the most awaited events among the fans in world football, and this year will be no different. With France Football having already announced the 30-man shortlist for the prestigious award, the debate concerning the identity of the winner has already started.
Portugal and Argentina captains Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have dominated the podium in the last 10 seasons, will their reign extend furthermore or will this one be any different? We take a look at the main top 5 candidates for the Ballon d'Or 2017 award.
#5 - Paulo Dybala
The disappointing shadow-performance against Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League final is one of the essential reasons why Dybala might not be a serious contender to clinch the award this year.
However, to downplay the great year he had, just because of one sub-par game, would be criminal. The Argentinian magician led Juventus very far in Europe, but his master-class against FC Barcelona in the first leg of the semi-final, was the perfect timing to prove to the world that he is on a world-class level - as he scored a brace in Turin, which turned out to be decisive in sending the Old Lady to the final.
With 12 goals in 12 games this season already, it seems like Paulo Dybala is on his way cement himself as a Ballon d'Or candidate for many years to follow. Thanks to his sensational close control, brilliant vision and ever-improving end product, La Joya has won the heart of Serie A fans.