The choice for the Golden Ball this year seems to be much easier, judging by the analysis published by the world media.
Two names are likely to be shortlisted, namely Karim Benzema and Sadio Mane.
This means that the Champions League final between Real Madrid and Liverpool will be crucial to winning the Ballon d’Or.
If Real wins the Benzema trophy, it is very close, if Liverpool celebrates in Paris, Mane is close to flattering recognition.
Mane has a slight advantage because he won the African Cup of Nations with Senegal at the beginning of the year, but after the final in the Champions League everything will be much clearer.
Far behind Benzema and Mane is Robert Levdakovski who is the third candidate for the Golden Ball. The Pole is Bayern’s first violin this season, but the Bavarians were eliminated by Villarreal in the quarterfinals of the Champions League.
The other candidates are almost not given minimal chances, and it is interesting that Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are not in the top ten.