Who is the best player in the world?
The French newspaper published its top 100 players of 2015 without the Portuguese forward occupying one of the podium spots—via Sport.
Ronaldo was just about good enough over the course of the year to come fourth, with Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski completing the top five.
Still, it’s all about MSN, who enjoyed a stunning year together at the Camp Nou.
In fact, the three amigos scored a whopping 137 goals between them throughout 2015, with Messi and Suarez netting 48 and Neymar adding 41. All of which can be watched here:
Ronaldo, meanwhile, hasn’t enjoyed the most fruitful of years with Real Madrid.
That’s not to say he’s lost his touch in front of goal. Far from it, as he found the back of the net 54 times for Los Blancos during the calendar year—per the club’s official Twitter feed:
Yet the dynamic, match-winning performances that make MSN so lethal have evaded Ronaldo too often—especially on the biggest stages of them all.
When Real Madrid squared up with Barcelona for the first El Clasico of the season in November, Ronaldo was nowhere to be seen. Instead, he was forced to just admire the brilliance of MSN.
The year 2015 was all about Barcelona, with team and individual honours aplenty. And the way that Messi, Neymar and Suarez are going, 2016 could prove just as successful.
Messi and Ronaldo have dominated the best player in the world conversations for a very long time now, but it seems the hierarchy could be undergoing a shake-up.