Ballon D'Or 2013 Finalists: Power Ranking Awards Top Contenders

Richard LangfordCorrespondent INovember 29, 2012

VALENCIA, SPAIN - NOVEMBER 25:  Lionel Messi of Barcelona looks on during the la Liga match between Levante UD and FC Barcelona at Ciutat de Valencia on November 25, 2012 in Valencia, Spain.  (Photo by Manuel Queimadelos Alonso/Getty Images)
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Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi hog the soccer spotlight, and rightfully so, the two are amazing talents. But they aren't the only players putting up performances that are worthy of the 2013 Ballon d'Or

In this power ranking of the top contenders for this award, you will certainly find Messi and Ronaldo, but I'm going to throw in two others who deserve serious consideration. 


No. 4: Radamel Falcao

Falcao has had a fine year and he has come up big in big moments. He netted two goals in the Europa League championship to help propel his Atletico Madrid squad to victory.

He wasn't just outstanding in the championship game either. He netted 12 goals in 15 games. 

His fine performances were not limited to that tournament. He netted a hat trick in the Super Cup against Chelsea and he has been fabulous for Colombia.


No. 3: 

Aguero has been fantastic for Manchester City. He netted 30 goals in all competitions and none was bigger than the game winner against Queens Park Rangers to help City seal the EPL title.

He was deservedly City's player of the season, and he did all of this while arriving to City under a huge deal and huge expectations. 

He was not just about scoring goals either. He has natural leadership that helped City maintain the consistency needed to take the title. 


No. 2: Cristiano Ronaldo

So now we are down to two, and who else would they be? Let's see, what has Ronaldo done? Well for starters, he netted 46 goals in La Liga last season.

That is a truly a remarkable number, but it was surpassed by Messi's 50. 

However, of their 96 combined goals, Ronaldo had the biggest. That came at Camp Nou in the 72nd minute against Messi to help lead Ronaldo's side to victory and ultimately the La Liga title. 

Also, Ronaldo was outstanding for Portugal in the Euro Cup as they reached the semifinals.

It was a season for the ages, but I still see him falling short of Messi. 

No. 1: Lionel Messi 

Messi is breaking records left and right. He is the top scorer in Barcelona’s history with 223 goals. He had the previously mentioned 50 La Liga goals, also a record, and he bested Pele's record of 75 goals in a calender year.

Those numbers just can't be ignored. And on top of all of that, he picked up his play for Argentina.

All of this is going to lead to Messi winning his fourth-straight Ballon d'Or.