It is never too anon to alpha searching ahead. While the 2014 Ballon d’Or may alone accept been awarded on Monday, that just agency that the chase is already underway for the 2015 award.
The accepted suspects (Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi) will absolutely apprehend to be in the mix already afresh for the primary alone cost in the sport, but there are affluence of added players who accept they accept both the aptitude and the assurance appropriate to argue for the accolade.
The voting process has seemed to change in recent years, with tangible team success—at club and/or international level—perhaps no longer the priority it once was. Individual (often goalscoring) exploits now tend to attract greater attention from the various voters.
With no real international tournament of note to worry about in 2015 though (sorry, Copa America and Africa Cup of Nations supporters, but they are unlikely to resonate with voters), that is less of a concern. Club exploits are likely to be the primary criteria for any Ballon d’Or hopefuls looking to succeed Cristiano Ronaldo over the next 12 months.
Javier Mascherano (Barcelona/Argentina)
His recent nomination was on the strength of his World Cup performances with Argentina.
Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea/Belgium)
Undoubtedly one of the best in the world, but he’s likely to be overlooked in favour of his outfield team-mates.
Robin van Persie (Manchester United/Netherlands)
Age seems to be catching up to him. His form and consistency are not what they once were.
Andrea Pirlo (Juventus/Italy)
He may not play enough over the year to be a realistic candidate in voters’ eyes.
Radamel Falcao (Manchester United/Colombia)
Still needs to settle into new surroundings, which makes producing top form hard to expect.
Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich/Poland)
Bayern’s all-round class means the Pole is likely to be overlooked unless his goalscoring record is astronomical.
Edinson Cavani (Paris Saint-Germain/Uruguay)
Will need to move out from the shadow of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, which might not happen this year.
Iker Casillas (Real Madrid/Spain)
Seems to be on the downward curve of his career, both for club and country.
Xabi Alonso (Bayern Munich/Spain)
Like Lewandowski, others in the Bayern team are surely more likely to catch the eye.
Mario Balotelli (Liverpool/Italy)
Shortlisted as recently as 2012, the Italian has found no form or consistency yet at Liverpool.