The day for the Fifa Player of the Year award ceremony in Zurich is drawing closer and closer.
Xavi, Kaka and Torres are all in the running to lift the prestigious honour but the favourites to win it are Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
The Argentine Olympic medallist finished second best behind Ronaldo not only in the FourFourTwo or for the FIFPro Player of the Year award competition, but also for the Ballon dâ€™Or which Ronaldo won with a landslide victory.
Ronaldo overcame the shock of slipping to defeat against Messi at any of these occasions, but can he make it again this time around?
While Ronaldo is been constantly criticised for his behaviours this season, Lionel Messi keeps making the headlines for his heroics in Barcelona. The 21 year old famously powered the Blaugrana to success against rivals Atletico Madrid, Villareal and even Giants Real Madrid; and he could be rewarded for his remarkable efforts come next week.
The debate though is not only around who really is the best between Ronaldo and Messi. Now, thereâ€™s the question about upon which period does the voting for the Fifa Player of the Year award base itself?
Did the end of last summer marked the end of fight for all footballers to try and show themselves up for this ultimate honour?
If it is the case, then Cristiano is arguably the deserving winner. Analytically, if Ronaldo won every major award in 2008, why shouldnâ€™t he go on to clinch the Fifa Player of the Year trophy?
But who knows what will happen on Monday next week? Like the Spanish magazine El Mundo suggest, Lionel Messi may pull off a surprise by lifting the price of the best player of the world.
Complacency and arrogance always concede humiliating defeats, but Ronaldo can protect himself from a Messi surprise by displaying his best ever performance when he returns to football against Chelsea on the eve of the Gala ceremony.
Written by: Angela Asante.