The worldâ€™s 10 best footballers according to France Football magazine have been announced finally and the current title holder, Cristiano Ronaldo, has been included into the 10-man list.
Drogba, Etoâ€™o, Gerrard, Ibrahimovic, Iniesta, Kaka, Wayne Rooney, and Xavi are eight names that all made it into the top 10.
But the one and only player that is expected to scoop the accolade on December 1st is Argentinaâ€™s Lionel Messi.
As the prospects of having Lionel Messi as Cristiano Ronaldoâ€™s Ballon dâ€™Or successor are extremely high, the anxiety could turn on something else:
Will Cristiano Ronaldo at least make it into the top three knowing that Barcelonaâ€™s midfield duo composed of Andres Iniesta and Xavi Hernandez seems to have captured the publicâ€™s hearts?