The Ballon d’Or did a better job than usual at picking the top 30 best footballers on the planet for the year of 2016. However, there were still several names missing. We know you’re excited for The Mastermind‘s New Year’s Eve reveal of who the Top 100 Footballers in the World are for the year of 2016 but to get you more excited than ever before, these are the names, an exclusive sneak peak that have made the top thirty.
Goalkeepers: Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus), Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich)
Defenders: Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus), Diego Godin (Atletico Madrid), Mats Hummels (Bayern Munich), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid)
Midfielders: Kevin de Bruyne (Manchester City), Angel di Maria (Paris Saint-Germain), N’Golo Kante (Leicester City), Toni Kroos (Real Madrid), Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City), Luka Modric (Real Madrid), Mesut Ozil (Arsenal), Dimitri Payet (West Ham United), Paul Pogba (Manchester United), Arturo Vidal (Bayern Munich)
Forwards: Sergio Aguero (Manchester City), Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Borussia Dortmund), Gareth Bale (Real Madrid), Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid), Gonzalo Higauin (Napoli), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Manchester United), Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich), Lionel Messi (FC Barcelona), Thomas Muller (Bayern Munich), Neymar (FC Barcelona), Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid), Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal), Luis Suarez (FC Barcelona), Jamie Vardy (Leicester City)
Be sure to check out who makes the full top 100 on December 31, 2016 and comment below to share your thoughts. Bye for now!