Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have dominated football in last 10 years. The two stars have won a combined 10 Ballon d’Or awards since 2008. Kaka was the last man to challenge the two. However, this year we might see a different winner for the first time. Luka Modric won FIFA ‘The Best’ award as well as UEFA best player award. Time is ripe for a new crop of stars to take over the mantle. The big question is who is ready for the challenge? Today, we want to take a look at seven upcoming stars capable of taking over from Messi and Ronaldo.

7. Anthony Martial-Manchester United

Manchester United forward Anthony Martial is without a doubt a Ballon d’Or candidate in future. He took Premier League by storm when he netted 17 times in 49 matches in his debut season. He struggled last season due to injuries and off pitch issue involving his family. However, the 22-year-old is back with a bang. He will be a force to reckon with in future. Old Trafford needs to give him a new contract and let him shine for them. He will be a World beater soon.

6. Harry Kane- Tottenham Hotspur

When Harry Kane started to score goals, the critics said he is a one season wonder. He has proven all of them wrong. So far, he has lifted 2 Premier League Golden Boots. In July, he netted six times to lift World Cup Golden Boot too. He will certainly challenge the very best in the next couple of years for FIFA Ballon d’Or. Team success may be his undoing and that is why he needs to switch to Europe best clubs soon.

5. Paulo Dybala- Juventus

Juventus star Paulo Dybala is now learning from Cristiano Ronaldo on how to do it on the big stage. The 24-year-old is obviously immensely talented but has always struggled to produce in big matches. He has among other great qualities creativity, pace, and an eye for goal. By the time he gets to his peak, the Argentine will be a force.

4. Eden Hazard-Chelsea

2015 Premier League Player of the Year Eden Hazard will certainly challenge Messi and Ronaldo soon. He has the speed, trickery, and eye for goal. He was instrumental in Jose Mourinho double-winning side in 2014/15 season. In 2016/17 season, the 26-Belgian came back to life again. He helped Antonio Conte side to lift another League title. Maurizio Sarri knows the playmaker will be important for him this season both domestically and in Europe.

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