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Who is next in line to break the Ronaldo and Messi domination?



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    As all fans of the beautiful game know, we often classify the two best players in the modern game to be that of Cristiano Ronaldo and Leo Messi.

    Both players grace the La Liga in two of the biggest clubs in the world, FC Barcelona and Real Madrid CF.

    The last time someone won the Ballon D’Or that wasn’t Messi or Ronaldo, was 2007! That year, the award was taken out by Brazilian star Kaka – who is currently plying his trade for Orlando City in Major League Soccer.

    For almost a decade the most beloved individual prize in world football has been dominated by the duo. Does anyone look like breaking that record?

    Let’s take a look at possible candidates. The FIFA Ballon D’Or is judged on the past years performance in all competitions, tournaments, cups, you name it.

    Domestic and international football all counts when deciding upon the award. Both Messi and Ronaldo have been performed outstandingly in all aspects in years they won the Ballon D’Or.

    The shortlist in 2016 consisted of some amazing talent such as Luis Suarez, Alexis Sanchez, Neymar Jr, Sergio Ramos, Gareth Bale, Eden Hazard, Jamie Vardy and many more.

    The next generation, including Antoine Greizmann, Paul Pogba, Osumane Dembele and Harry Kane are also stepping up.

    Some of these stars probably do have what it takes to break that Ballon D’Or domination chain, but who knows what the future holds?

    Ballon D’or aside, football has been dominated by the pair in recent times. The spotlight might not constantly be shining on them 24/7, but there is not doubt that when it comes to naming your top five in the world, they’d be in the top three. Even die hard fans of one will acknowledge the quality of the other.

    So Roarers, I want your opinion on a few players who could snatch the next FIFA Ballon D’Or and break the chain, or who will be dubbed as the world’s next player.

    My best guess? Neymar Jr

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    • Roar Pro

      March 17th 2017 @ 6:24am
      Marty Gleason said | March 17th 2017 @ 6:24am | ! Report

      I keep wondering how long the two can stay put. Neymar would be the only one who could dislodge them at the moment. Griezmann and Suarez are maybe just as good as forwards but aren’t as explosive and spectacular.

      • March 17th 2017 @ 3:34pm
        steve said | March 17th 2017 @ 3:34pm | ! Report

        TBF, Suarez was the world best player a year or two back, everyone knew it, yet he was never going to win the award due to his many past indiscretions on the field. Greizmann is right up there in the stakes to replace Messi and Ronaldo. Wonderful player.

    • March 17th 2017 @ 9:08am
      punter said | March 17th 2017 @ 9:08am | ! Report

      One day in the future, we will all realise how lucky we were to enjoy these 2 champions (Messi & Ronaldo) playing at the same time.

      Neymar the only player close to that level at present.

    • March 17th 2017 @ 9:46am
      Franko said | March 17th 2017 @ 9:46am | ! Report

      Who is next in line to break the Ronaldo and Messi domination?

      Rueben Zadkovich

    • Roar Pro

      March 17th 2017 @ 9:54am
      Josh Barton said | March 17th 2017 @ 9:54am | ! Report

      Matt Simon?

    • March 17th 2017 @ 9:56am
      Mark said | March 17th 2017 @ 9:56am | ! Report

      No-one for a very long time.

      Players will win the Balon D’Or, of course, but no player, or two players, will dominate the award like those two have for a very long time.

      If they hadn’t been somewhat unfortunate to play at the same time, they’d have each won at least 7-8 consecutive Balon D’Ors.

    • March 17th 2017 @ 12:50pm
      Dan said | March 17th 2017 @ 12:50pm | ! Report

      Dele alli

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