The Ballon d'Or is the most honored individual honor in football.
Strikers have always dominated the Ballon d’Or. The only midfielder to receive this honor in the last 15 years is Luka Modric. Before the Croatian player, the accolade was previously received by former Brazil star Kaka, an attacking midfielder for AC Milan.
It has proven to be quite challenging for midfielders to win the Ballon d’Or since they do not score or provide assists as frequently as strikers. But as time goes on, it gets simpler to assess a player’s entire impact (apart from goals and assists) owing to new data and stats.
In order to increase the number of midfielders who win awards, we anticipate a more equitable award distribution in the upcoming years. Without further ado, let’s examine the midfielders that possess the skills to replace Modric.
Here are five midfielders that might one day take home the Ballon d’Or:
5. Aurelien Tchouameni – France and Real Madrid
Aurelien Tchouameni, a defensive midfielder, was officially acquired by Real Madrid from AS Monaco at the beginning of July for an enormous amount of 80 million euros. One of Los Blancos’ most costly midfield signings in franchise history was the Frenchman.
He played 95 games in all competitions throughout the course of his two and a half seasons with Monaco, recording eight goals and seven assists. The 22-year-old has also played 12 times for France, scoring once.
The Frenchman will initially fill in for Casemiro at Real Madrid before taking over from the Brazilian. if he is able to ease the transition and establish his value to the group. There is no reason he can’t win the Ballon d’Or in the future, just like Casemiro.
4. Phil Foden – England and Manchester City
As a pupil of Pep Guardiola, Phil Foden is all about form and craftsmanship. The England player owns a simple style of play, knows how to read the game, presses and knows how to score and assist.
The 22-year-old, who can play as both a striker and central midfielder, already has an enviable trophy cabinet. Foden has won four Premier League titles, four League Cups and an FA Cup with City, among other trophies.
So far, the ‘PFA Young Player of the Year’ has played 169 games for The Citizens, scoring 45 goals and scoring 33 assists. Foden has also represented England 16 times, scoring two goals and providing six assists.
If he can continue to maintain his stellar record of helping his team win important titles, he will eventually find himself in the race for the Ballon d’Or.
3. Eduardo Camavinga – France and Real Madrid
Real Madrid has modified their hiring practices in recent years. They are starting to recognize young players with elite potential.
One of their most prized players is Eduardo Camavinga, who transferred to the club from Stade Rennais in the summer of 2021. The 19-year-old possesses impressive technical knowledge, but what really shines out is his poise. He is extremely young, yet he has no fear. He maintains a low profile and offers his squad every assistance he can.
In his debut season, Camavinga was a crucial part of Real Madrid’s La Liga and Champions League double. Los Blancos were able to achieve significant victories thanks to his effect from the bench, particularly in the Champions League.
The Frenchman made 40 appearances for the whites during the 2021/22 season, scoring two goals and two assists. He is yet to make his senior team debut with France.
Camavinga is one of the favorites to win the Kopa Trophy (France Football’s award for the best under-21 player) this year. A few years later, he could be in the running to win the prestigious Ballon d’Or award.
2. Jude Bellingham – England vs Borussia Dortmund
Borussia Dortmund frequently produces extraordinary people. Jude Bellingham, a central midfielder, is one of the superstars BVB is about to cure.
Bellingham has improved his game in every manner imaginable after moving to Dortmund from Birmingham City in 2020. The 19-year-old has established himself as one of the Bundesliga’s top performers.
He is unquestionably a leader in midfield, has the ability to control the speed of the game, and can smash the ball about with ease.
Over the previous few years, Bellingham has made 90 appearances for the Ruhr team, tallying 10 goals and 18 assists while also winning the German Cup (2020-21). Bellingham has also earned 15 England caps.
Bellingham really has a chance to win the coveted Ballon d’Or in the future if it keeps up its current success.
1. Pedri – Spain and Barcelona
Barcelona midfielder Pedri is arguably the best young central midfielder in the world right now and will most likely win the Ballon d’Or in the future.
Only 19 years old, but Pedri has achieved many achievements. He represented Spain at Euro 2021, winning the ‘Young Player of the Tournament’ award. He won the Kopa Trophy in 2021, beating Bellingham and Jamal Musiala.
The Spaniard, who has made 12 caps for the national team, is also a mainstay at Barcelona and is arguably their most valuable possession at the moment.
With Pedri’s excellence, we believe he will get more wins in the coming days and is a candidate for the Ballon d’Or.