2018 Ballon d'or Rankings heading into champion league finals -Ayodele Dolapo

Report By: Ayodele Dolapo

If the 2018 ballon d'or to be awarded tomorrow who do you think will earn the golden-ball?
with the first quarter of the year firmly in the books, it's time to take an initial look at the front runners for the most prestigious individual award in football.just like last year. we'll run three installments, updating as the calendar year progresses,player likely hood of winning the trophy.

Over the years Cristiano Ronaldo and lionel Messi have been sharing the award between themselves with both of them winning the award five times each.

The Ballon d'or is a calendar- year award so whatever happened in 2017 is irrelevant. that's good news for Cristiano Ronaldo, but bad news for Paul Pogba.

Here is my own thought  on this rated from 15-11

15. Giorgio Chiellini, Juventus

it was something of a surprise that Giorgio Chiellini did not receive a nomination in 2017 Ballon d'or particularly since his central-defensive partner Leonardo Bonucci did.perhaps that situation will reverse this year?

Chiellini has put in two massive performances in big European games this year against Totthenham hot-spur away and real Madrid away and Juventus have conceded just three goals in series A with him  on the pitch.

14. Alisson becker, AS Roma

there's a reason a slew of top clubs are after Alison. Goal .com reported that both real Madrid and liverpool hold an interest, with his Steller performances this season turning heads for all the right reasons.
As roma points and progression in several competitions, his reflexes and one-on-one ablity stand almost unmatched by others goal keepers just likle against barcelona.

13. Sergio Ramos, Real Madrid

without sergio ramos, los blacos team collapse denfensively. that much became evident as the team toiled against jeventus in his absense last month, conceding three and nearly exiting the champions league.

he's an aggressive, risky defender who isn't everyone's favourite, but you can't deny he has a habit of pulling out big performances on the big stage. he was brillant against paris saint german and superb in the first leg against juventus and bayer munich both legged he was defensive.

12. Marcelo, Real Madrid 

Marcelo seems to be the footballing equivalent of the tulip flower: once a spring rolls round he blooms and finds his groove, and 2017-18 has been no different.

The maraunding left back has pust in some outrageous performances already this year, motoring foward and helping real madrid attacker most especially cristiano ronaldo helping him alot to score some goals and he scored against both psg and Juventus, and a reconciling goal against bayern munich in their first leg and setting up another goal in Bayern Munich second leg.

11.Edin Dzeko, AS roma

Edin dzeko was one of the best striker nowadays play a huge part in beating shakatar donesk in first legged by setting up a goal for is team mate and scoring the only goals in the return leg to qualify for the quarter final.
 he score the away goal against Barcelona and score again in second leg of the match and help them to reach the semi final stage against Liverpool unfortunately they were crash out of the champion league and also help the in their league.

10. James Rodriguez, Bayern Munich

James Rodriguez was one of the most talented midfielders was on loan from real Madrid and play a huge role this season helping his team mate scoring a last minute goal and has improve a lot under bayern Munich coach Jupp Heynckes. help them to secure German title this season... last season the Colombia superstar lost is goal scoring form at Real-Madrid was use frequently in Madrid last season and had a issued with real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane.

9.Antoine Griezmann, Atletico Madrid 

Since being paired with diego costa in january, antonie griezmann has reached new levels. he's still the same silky-smooth forward and larger-than-life character but with added bite and efficiency in the final third.
he's an anomaly in the context of this list given he's no longer involved in the champions league, but he's netting consistently in la liga and has help atletico madrid to a europa league final against ligue one champion.

8.Robert Lewandowski, Bayern Munich 

Bayern Munich forwarded is one of the hot head striker over three season now, in a semi final group made up of flawed defences, an elite striker such as the poland international can make the differnce.
he's already shown what he can do this year in destroying besiktas and borussia dortmund back line, with 30 goals to his name this year calender.

7.Kevin De Brune, Manchester City

Kevin de brune was part of the world best player this season help manchester city alot to secure the premier league title this season unfortunate for them they was crash out of champion league quarter final against premier league side liverpool.
 And was nominee as one of the best player in premier league and as racked up to 17 assist in premier league this year .

6. Luka Modrid, Real Madrid 
luka modrid was one of the worst signing when they sign him at tottenham hotsupr,and now was one of the best midfieder got the style of dribble and skills from zidane itself.

5. Sadio Mane, Liverpool 
sadio mane has had a season of two halves; fortunately for him, the strong side has fallen in this calendar year, meaning he's gaining credit in ballon d'or stakes.
he's a crucial part of Liverpool's vaunted front three and scored to help his side into the champions league final.

4. Roberto Firmino, Liverpool

The Brazilian international was one of the best trio in Liverpool and one of the best in world right now and he play a huge role in champion league quarter final and semi final also help to reach their mine set.

the brazil international's highlight perforomances have come against manchester city in the champions league quarter-finals, in which he helped destroy pep guardiola's men on the counter. his goal also stemmed any faint hopes of a second-leg comeback.

3. Lionel Messi, Barcelona 

It's far from over yet-there's a world cup campaign with Argentina to come- but as things stand, Lionel Messi is outside the reckoning for the 2018 ballon d'or.

Barcelona’s champion’s league exit at the hand of Roma really hurts his chances of winning the award; he's now been robbed of the chance to perform miracles on th sport biggest stage between now and the summer.

he’ll have to watch as Mohamed salah and Cristiano do so instead.
he has settled numerous games on his own, scored hat-tricks and sent devastating free-kicks into the top corner, but he falls just shy of the ballon d'or at the moment well there is still hope for him at the world cup and has helped Barcelona taking home the laliga league title.

2.Mohamed Salah, Liverpool

it's almost an alien concept to consider anyone other than Messi or Ronaldo for the Ballon d'or these days, but reality we face is that the duopoly could be broken. it takes a special run form to keep up with the big two's goal scoring exploits, but Salah has managed just that this year, netting 43 goals in all competition this season.
Netting in both legs against Manchester city in the champion league quarter finals boost the egypt international stocks considerably. if he lead Liverpool to victory in champions league final or makes a splash at the world cup.

1.Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid

Cristiano Ronaldo was one of the best player that score fifteen goals in champion league and has break a lot of record this season, first halves of the season was bad for him but later got his goal scoring ability back scoring 42 goals in all competition this season so far.

What Cristiano Ronaldo has done in 2018 has put him in pole position to retain his trophy, and it's not particularly close. but the champion league finals, in addition to the world cup, will further shape this conversation and offers others the chance to catch him or give him the chance to pull away.
What happens in May, June and July might well be more important than what's happened so far.

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