Already, the race for the FIFA Ballon d’Or 2016 (starting January 01st) is heating up. Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, Neymar Jr., Cristiano Ronaldo are currently the favourites to win the big trophy.
So far and while most of the football world is on international duty, we can take a look at individual and collective statistical for each one of them and create a prediction on who might win the big prize next January (in bold, the best statistic for each category).
Lionel Messi is the current title holder – 22 games. 25 goals. 10 assists.
Cristiano Ronaldo – 17 games. 17 goals. 6 assists.
Luis Suarez – 20 games. 18 goals. 12 assists.
Neymar Jr. – 19 games. 11 goals. 6 assists.
Robert Lewandowski – 15 games. 13 goals. 1 assist.
FC Barcelona and Bayern Munich are currently on course for a treble winning season meanwhile Real Madrid is ten points behind the Catalan giants at the top of Spanish league, was disqualified from the Spanish Cup for fielding a suspended player, but are still alive in the C.L.
It will be interesting to see until the votes by the 209 managers and captains of their national team and a selected journalists from each country are counted sometime in November, but if everything goes according to the current statistics and trophies to be won, Lionel Messi should collect his unprecedented sixth Ballon d’Or next January.