While the actual prize for the best footballer of 2020 will not be handed out until December, each week Goal will be tracking the runners and riders
After a three-month hiatus, the race for the 2020 Ballon d’Or is back up and running, with the world’s best players all vying to get their hands on the most prestigious individual award football can offer.
Lionel Messi is, for the sixth time in his career, the defending champion having picked up the prize in December , but the competition is as fierce as many can remember following the Argentine and Cristiano Ronaldo’s recent dominance.
With the summer’s international tournaments now postponed, the footballing calendar for 2020 looks markedly different than it did at the start of the year, with leagues rushing to end their seasons during a time when transfers would usually be dominating their agendas.
It has been confirmed that the Champions League and Europa League will be completed in August, and given how much prominence the voters place on performances in those competitions, players who remain in Europe retain the best chances of claiming this year’s Ballon d’Or.
So who are the frontrunners? And which players still have work to do? Our weekly rankings have all the answers…