1: Kylian Mbappe (France)
but the PSG star has moved to another level in the last two seasons with an incredible 68 club goals at time of writing since the start of 2020-21.
Mbappe was superb for France as Didier Deschamps' side sealed the world title in 2018.
2: Lionel Messi (Argentina)
Talk of Messi's powers waning have been exaggerated this season, with the mercurial Argentine demonstrating his talents in a deeper role at PSG. He is currently the leading assist maker in Ligue 1, with 10 so far, and his enduring class will be central once again for Lionel Scaloni's side.
3: Kevin De Bruyne (Belgium)
De Bruyne will be charged with the task of finally helping Belgium to lose their 'nearly men' tag in Qatar, with a star-studded line-up having consistently underperformed in previous tournaments. However, the Manchester City man will be determined to prove himself as the No.1 midfielder in world football.
4:Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal)
Expectation will be intense around Ronaldo in Qatar, as he competes in a record-equalling fifth Finals, but Portugal had to do things the hard way via the playoffs in qualification.
5: Vinicius Jr. (Brazil)
Despite the pressure of establishing himself as a key player for both Real Madrid and Brazil in the last 18 months, Vinicius Jr. has risen to the challenge spectacularly.