4 Real Madrid players who could finish in the Ballon d’Or top 10

The Ballon d'Or award is displayed prior to the 2021 Ballon d'Or France Football award ceremony at the Theatre du Chatelet in Paris on November 29, 2021. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE / AFP) (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)
The Ballon d'Or award is displayed prior to the 2021 Ballon d'Or France Football award ceremony at the Theatre du Chatelet in Paris on November 29, 2021. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE / AFP) (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images) /
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2. Vinicius Jr.

The Latin phrase “Veni, Vidi, Vici,” which translates to “I came, I saw, I conquered” aptly encapsulates Vinicius’ breakout season at Real Madrid.

The young Brazilian recorded the highest individual stats last season and is now one of the most essential players for the squad as a result of the incredible rebirth he has undergone, with significant improvements in finishing, movement, and overall teamwork.

Vinicius has surpassed expectations to become the player many thought he would never be. His significant transformation from the player he was in 2020 to the player he is now has also led to a change in his status and standing at Real Madrid.

The 22-year-old now has the confidence he’s previously lacked, and his decision-making process has transformed radically. Vinicius is very tough to monitor on the wing due to his unrivalled speed and ball-handling ability.

He racked up 22 goals and 20 assists and formed the most lethal attacking partnership in the campaign with Karim Benzema. His all-around offensive profile offered Real Madrid a huge advantage in disrupting opponents’ walls and snatching wins all the time.

Vini became the most dangerous version of himself during the 2021-22 season, and after scoring the game-winning goal in the Champions League final, his odds of ranking in the Ballon d’Or list are great. He’ll likely move up to the top 5 very quickly.