Now that Cristiano Ronaldo has equalled Lionel Messi’s tally of five Ballon d’Ors, the question that needs asking is: will either of them reach six?
Much will depend on the silverware Real Madrid and Barcelona win this season, but initial signs suggest it could be Messi.
Not only are Barcelona leading the way in La Liga and going strong in the Champions League, but Messi has four more goals in all competitions (16).
Neymar will hope to have something to say about who wins the 2018 Ballon d’Or, too, following his world-record move to Paris Saint-Germain in the summer.
In order to escape Messi’s shadow and realise his true potential, the Brazilian departed Barcelona and became PSG’s main man.