Yes it’s too early to start making this type of predictions given that the 2016 football year still has 6 months to go, but given the current form and displays these 5 players have shown over the last 6 months, they are definitely contenders for the Ballon D’or, and 3 of them should make it to the podium. Unsurprisingly, the La Liga provides them again as the other leagues haven’t been able to prove their dominance in Europe like the Spanish League. 3 Champions League and 3 Europa League titles between Barcelona, Real Madrid and Sevilla make the league almost unbeatable on the continent.
59 strikes all through last season automatically puts Luis Suarez into contention. He was in the final 5 last year after helping Barcelona to a treble, and the 29-year secured an additional 2 titles to his c.v in the Barcelona colours last season. 40 league goals saw him break the 6-year Pichichi duopoly between Messi and Ronaldo, and had it not been for an injury in Barcelona’s final game of the season, the Uruguay international would have helped his national side at the Copa America.
Bale is within touching distance of clinching the Euros golden boot after a fine start to the tournament. The Madrid forward has scored a goal in every of his 3 games, and might add 1 or 2 more before it ends by July 10. Having a much easier route to the finals, Wales might just go all the way to emerge shocking winners in France. With a Champions League title just over a month ago, the former Tottenham left-back definitely has a chance of clinching the title if he adds the Euros to his achievements.
A Champions League trophy is already in the bag for the Portuguese skipper, and a world club cup and UEFA Super Cup are almost certain. Although after a dismal performance from him and his country in France, an exit before the finals looks almost certain, but given the records he set and broke last season, CR7 is definitely a clear favorite. 3 awards already, and a 4th one looks to be on the way.
Neymar also played a great role in Barcelona double triumph last season. Currently gearing up for the Olympics, a standout performance and a gold medal will definitely increase his chances of making it to the podium once more after emerging in 3rd place last time out. The 24-year-old is being tipped by many to have a clear chance once Ronaldo and Messi fade lightly to the background after the 8-year race for the title between the 2, so seeing him emerge winner this time around isn’t very likely.
The 5-time awardee could score his 6th next January as his form has taken a new different dimension. After failing to defend last year’s Champions League, the 29-year-old put the disappointment behind and helped Barcelona secure the La Liga and Copa del Rey titles. Just 90 minutes away from crowning it all with a Copa America title, El Pulga definitely has a great chance of winning the next Ballon D’or. He has set up a rematch in the finals with Chile after helping guide his side through a seemingly easy route.