Ballon D’Or Contenders


Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Neymar make up the three-man shortlist for the 2015 Ballon d’Or.

The award given to the world’s best player over the calendar year, and each of the last seven prizes have been won by either Real Madrid’s Ronaldo or Barcelona’s Messi.

However this  year, they face competition from Messi’s team-mate Neymar, who is the joint-top scorer in La Liga so far this season with 15 goals in 16 appearances.

The three-man shortlist was picked from 23 nominees, and the winner will be announced at FIFA’s Ballon d’Or Gala in Zurich on January 11.

Lionel Messi


He is the favorite to take home the prize.

 The Argentine led Barcelona to a La Liga, Champions League and Copa del Rey treble last season, scoring a remarkable 28 goals in the second half of the campaign.
Christiano Ronaldo
He Portuguese star is aiming for his third consecutive Ballon d’Or after back-to-back successes in 2013 and 2014, although he has his work cut out after ending last season without any silverware. He scored 29 goals in the second half of 2014/15 and became Real Madrid’s all-time record goalscorer in October.
Neymar Jr
The Brazilian forward was an influential part of Barceona’s successful 2014-2015 season. He scored 24 goals in the second half of Barcelona’s treble-winning season, and was an even more prominent figure during Messi’s recent injury absence.