The following table shows the Goalimpact of all candidates. All of them are clearly contributing to the success of their teams and well above the average rating of all football players which is 100. Most of them are rated to be among the 100 best football players.
|GI Rank||Player||GoalImpact||Player Age||PeakGI||Team|
|1||Cristiano Ronaldo||207.8||29.7||215.0||Real Madrid|
|2||Philipp Lahm||194.8||30.9||209.9||Bayern München|
|4||Manuel Neuer||194.3||28.5||197.8||Bayern München|
|6||Bastian Schweinsteiger||186.9||30.2||195.9||Bayern München|
|10||Lionel Messi||184.3||27.3||187.9||FC Barcelona|
|11||Zlatan Ibrahimovic||181.7||33.0||211.1||Paris Saint-Germain|
|14||Thomas Müller||175.2||25.1||177.4||Bayern München|
|16||Sergio Ramos||172.3||28.5||178.5||Real Madrid|
|17||Javier Mascherano||168.5||30.3||178.7||FC Barcelona|
|25||Karim Benzema||154.2||26.8||156.4||Real Madrid|
|27||Arjen Robben||153.2||30.7||166.6||Bayern München|
|35||Mario Götze||148.5||22.3||159.5||Bayern München|
|56||Ángel Di María||143.0||26.7||144.8||Manchester United|
|87||Toni Kroos||137.6||24.8||140.5||Real Madrid|
|128||Eden Hazard||132.5||23.8||138.2||Chelsea FC|
|184||Yaya Touré||128.2||31.4||147.5||Manchester City|
|205||Gareth Bale||127.0||25.3||128.8||Real Madrid|
|222||James Rodríguez||125.8||23.3||133.4||Real Madrid|
|253||Thibaut Courtois||125.0||22.4||171.1||Chelsea FC|
|879||Diego Costa||114.5||26.0||114.5||Chelsea FC|
But the Ballon d'Or isn't about which player is the best, but about which player did play best in the first half of 2014. This, of course, is also influence by many other factors. E.g. Mario Götze is no doubt one of the biggest talents in world football, but probably he wouldn't have made it on the list anyway if it wasn't for his goal in the World Cup final. Philip Lahm was always one of the best football players of the world, but would he be selected if Guardialo hadn't moved him to the midfield drawing much more media attention on the German?
Despite the many valid reasons on why FIFA will not pick by Goalimpact, we expect the winner to be higher up in this list. Just to proof us wrong, we hope for a defender. Fingers crossed for Lahm and Neuer.