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Will the Ballon d'Or duopoly ever end?

09 Dec 2017 | By Rodney Dsouza
Players who can end Messi and Ronaldo's domination

Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have established themselves as the best footballers on the planet.

In fact, the last 10 Ballon d'Or trophies have been shared between the two of them, each with a record breaking 5 titles to their name, such has been their dominance over the golden ball.

But is there anyone who can break their hold on the trophy?

In context: Players who can end Messi and Ronaldo's domination

09 Dec 2017Will the Ballon d'Or duopoly ever end?

#1Neymar Jr, PSG and Brazil

If there is one player, who can break Messi's and Ronaldo's stronghold on the Ballon d'Or, the world's most expensive player Neymar Jr has to be the man.

Since his € 222 million transfer to PSG, the Brazilian has scored 15 goals in just 18 games.

It doesn't end there, Neymar has also registered 8 assists while also creating 57 chances.

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Eden Hazard, Chelsea & Belgium

# 2Eden Hazard, Chelsea & Belgium

Eden Hazard is definitely one of the best players in the Premier League.

The 26-year old is in his prime and is a delight to watch. He is the best dribbler of the ball not just in Premier League but across Europe.

His heroics helped Chelsea win the Premier League last season and he has contributed with 8 goals and 4 assists this season.

# 3Paulo Dybala, Juventus & Argentina

Paulo Dybala was rated as the next big prospect from Argentina after Lionel Messi.

He is extremely skilled with the ball, quick, agile and has an ability to score goals.

He is also blessed with clever positional play. The 24-year-old who plies his trade with Italian champions Juventus, already has 14 goals and 3 assists to his name this season.

#4Marco Asensio, Real Madrid & Spain

Not many have heard of this man. 21-year-old has established himself as a key member of Zidane's squad in the past 18 months.

In 12 appearances this season, Asensio has scored 4 goals and 2 assists, those numbers don't look astonishing. But he has created 19 chances this season and if Ronaldo and Benzema were in form those assists would have certainly gone up.

#5Kylian Mbappe, PSG & France

The most expensive teen on the planet definitely makes his appearance on this list.

If he isn't a potential Ballon d'Or winner, PSG wouldn't have forked out €180 million for him. In 17 games this season he has 9 goals and 7 assists.

Last season, he scored 23 goals in 38 appearances to help Monaco win the Ligue 1. He is just 18.