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Ballon d'Or: Who is the third-best player on the planet?

Ballon d'Or: Who is the third-best player on the planet?

Ballon d'Or: Who is the third-best player on the planet?
Ballon d'Or: Who is the third-best player on the planet?


The Ballon d'Or - the most prominent individual honor in men's football - will be given out in Paris toward the beginning of December. Up until this point, so conventional. 

In any case, this year there is a genuine shot that out of the blue since 2007 the beneficiary will be nor Barcelona's Lionel Messi nor Juventus' Cristiano Ronaldo. 

Ronaldo's previous Real Madrid colleague Luka Modric was named best player at the Best Fifa Football Awards grants in September and is a contender, while Real's Wales forward Gareth Bale and Tottenham's England striker Harry Kane are among the 30 candidates during the current year's prize. 

Things being what they are, in the event that we expect Argentina's Messi and Ronaldo of Portugal are the undisputed best two, who is the third best player on the planet? 

We solicited some from our BBC Sports savants for their considerations and examined the details to attempt to discover. See what they think - at that point vote at the base of the page. 

"This is a troublesome one on the grounds that a considerable measure of the contenders is close. Kevin de Bruyne was brilliant for Manchester City last season, yet one year is too short a timescale to pass judgment on a player - and consistency is the thing that I am searching for. 

"Eden Hazard has been at this level for a couple of seasons now, so he is up there - yet Neymar has been reliably splendid for various seasons presently, scoring loads of objectives. 

"Neymar did not have a decent World Cup but rather he was harmed and endeavored to play through it, or, in other words. Presently he has returned to his best with Paris St-Germain, and you can't overlook the splendid things he improved the situation Barcelona either." 

Did you know? Neymar has missed the same number of matches for PSG in 2018 as he has played (21). The club has won 19 of the 21 he has played, however just 14 of those he has missed. 

"Kylian Mbappe had an unimaginable World Cup for France in Russia and he would be in my best five on the planet, however, it is Eden Hazard right now, in light of the manner in which he has begun this season and conveyed his frame on from Russia. 

"Peril was splendid for Chelsea in August and September, and in the main seven day stretch of October, he was exciting. Any expectation Chelsea have of winning the title depends enormously on him." 

Best in the Premier League at this moment? 

Player Goals Completed dribbles Total shots Fouls won Assists 

All details in Premier League just, 2018-19 season 

"Eden Hazard is up there with the specific best, as is Barcelona's Luis Suarez, yet I am going for Luka Modric. 

"He has quite recently had an inconceivable season for Real Madrid after various other unimaginable seasons and topped it off with a completely splendid World Cup when he guided Croatia the distance to the last. 

"Modric can run the diversion from midfield against any resistance, yet he isn't only a playmaker since he can scratch the ball off you as well. 

"Has there been a superior midfielder in Europe or anyplace else on the planet in the previous year? On the back of what we found in Russia in the late spring, I would state no. I would go for him." 

Running the show in 2018 

Player Passes Passing accuracy Goals + assists Win % 

All details allied just, in the schedule year of 2018 

"Luka Modric has had a year to recall and I adore viewing Antoine Griezmann, who just appears to show signs of improvement and better. On current shape, Eden Hazard comes into it too in light of the fact that he has been shocking. 

"However, I am not going to go on shape, I am will go on capacity, what they have done at the club and global level and where I think they will go. 

"I am will run with Neymar. At Paris St-Germain he is most likely playing inside himself since I think Ligue 1 is simply so natural for him, however at Barcelona, he was excellent, as a major aspect of 'MSN' with Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez. 

"He is just 26 yet as of now has 30 Champions League objectives, one behind Rivaldo who is Brazil's record goalscorer in the opposition, and he has effectively done as such much at a global level as well. 

"I know Neymar did not have an extraordinary World Cup, but rather that isn't the most important thing in the world for the manner in which I chose this. 

"An incredible World Cup can take a player's notoriety to the following level - yet you could contend that we are as yet sitting tight for Lionel Messi to have that sort of tremendous competition himself. 

"He is a unique player, and he will get the Ballon d'Or sooner or later." 

Too useful for France? 

Goals Assists Win % Minutes per objective or help 

All rivalries for PSG in 2018 

Neymar 22 8 90.5 59.6 

'He has had a genuine effect' 

Previous Celtic forward Chris Sutton picks Liverpool and Netherlands protector Virgil van Dijk 

"It may not be chic to make reference to a safeguard when you have a discussion like this, however when you take a gander at the distinction Virgil van Dijk has made to Liverpool then you can see exactly how great he is. 

"There isn't a trait you require as a safeguard that he doesn't have - he is brisk, solid, reliable and he doesn't appear to lose his focus. 

"He likewise has enormous circulation when he is on the ball, and he peruses the diversion so well. He has the parcel. 

"There will be a clatter for Eden Hazard and other assaulting players - and I comprehend that - yet Van Dijk has demonstrated the distinction a splendid protector can make to any side." 

The distinction producer? 

Liverpool defender Completed passes Interceptions Headed clearances Duels won Blocks 

All details in Premier League just, 2018-19 season 

Virgil van Dijk 521 12 21 40

Joe Gomez 449 11 9 39

Joel Matip 99 2 1 10

"It is safe to say that we are discussing the third best player at the present time? Or then again would we say we are asking who is the faker to the position of royalty? Since it is an alternate answer. 

"Eden Hazard was not in the running last season. In the event that I had been asked at that point, I would have said Liverpool's Mohamed Salah was better, and furthermore that Kevin de Bruyne at Manchester City was in the same class as any of alternate contenders too. 

"In any case, in the event that we are talking now, and frame this season, at that point Hazard is close, if not the third best player at the present time. 

"Giving somebody that mantle, since he has had a decent begin to the season, is pushing it a small piece, however. 

"On the off chance that you are requesting that I consider who is the player that will be the following awesome, after Messi and Ronaldo - or, in other words, question - at that point I would state that is Kylian Mbappe. 

"Mbappe is the following huge thing - and he will be the beside take up the mantle of being the 'best on the planet' - yet I would not say he is the third best right currently dependent on what he has done this season.

Ballon d'Or: Who is the third-best player on the planet?

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