Arsenal's Robin van Persie could be among the Premier League stars to pip Lionel Messi for the 2012 FIFA Ballon d'Or award.
FC Barcelona star Lionel Messi won his third consecutive Ballon d'Or title on Monday with journalists questioning whether the Argentina international could well be the greatest player of all-time, despite being just 24.
He's certainly had a phenomenal 2011, ending last season with 53 goals and 24 assists in 55 games, and starting this term with a crazy 31 goals in just 28 matches with 14 assists.
However, he's not the only player doing well at the moment, and with the Premier League in its best goalscoring form for a long time, we could see a challenger to Messi come from England's top-flight in 2012.
Here's why Arsenal striker van Persie and nine others could be contenders for the FIFA Ballon d'Or in 2012.