After being cancelled in 2020, the Ballon d’Or is back, with the great and good of the football world again eyeing the biggest individual honour the game has to offer.
Although the prize will not be handed out until December, performances over the coming weeks will go a long way to deciding who will and won’t be in contention to succeed 2019 winner Lionel Messi.
With the European domestic season over with and summer tournaments still to come, the world’s best players are beginning to come to the fore.
So, by using their performances so far, as well as predictions of what is likely still to come in 2021, who holds the most power in this year’s race?
Goal ranks the runners and riders…
Neymar (Paris Saint-Germain)
Gerard Moreno (Villarreal)
Thomas Muller (Bayern Munich)
Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund)
Luis Suarez (Atletico Madrid)
Harry Kane (Tottenham)
Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United)
Mason Mount (Chelsea)
Ilkay Gundogan (Manchester City)
Erling Haaland (Borussia Dortmund)
Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus)
Phil Foden (Manchester City)
Karim Benzema (Real Madrid)
Romelu Lukaku (Inter)
Ruben Dias (Manchester City)
Lionel Messi (Barcelona)
Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City)
Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich)