Belgium beat Portugal to reach the quarter-finals of Euro 2020 where they will play Roberto Mancini’s superb Italy side.
Thorgan Hazard’s stunning goal sees Belgium to the quarter finals of EURO2020.
Belgium’s overall performance could certainly be described as ‘dogged’, with Portugal unlucky not to beat Thibaut Courtois on at least one occasion.
However, Belgium players still turned in stellar individual displays to help secure the victory.
Star striker and record goalscorer Romelu Lukaku was one of them, the Inter Milan man’s exceptional hold-up play and underrated dribbling ability proving too much to handle for Ruben Dias and Pepe.
It really has been a remarkable year for Lukaku and if he can guide Belgium to glory at Euro 2020 after winning the 2020/21 Serie A title with Inter, he’ll be in the mix to win the coveted Ballon d’Or award.
However, Goal have actually ranked the former Manchester United striker third in the latest update of their ‘Ballon d’Or 2021 Power Rankings’.
Below is the list of 20 players they’ve named and the order they are in…
20. Raheem Sterling (Manchester City & England)
19. Paul Pogba (Manchester United & France)
18. Federico Chiesa (Juventus & Italy)
17. Harry Kane (Tottenham & England)
16. Mason Mount (Chelsea & England)
15. Frenkie de Jong (Barcelona & Holland)
14. Ilkay Gundogan (Manchester City & Germany)
13. Antoine Griezmann (Barcelona & France)
12. Phil Foden (Manchester City & England)
11. Neymar (Paris Saint-Germain & Brazil)
10. Ruben Dias (Manchester City & Portugal)
9. Erling Braut Haaland (Borussia Dortmund & Norway)
8. Karim Benzema (Real Madrid & France)
7. Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus & Portugal)
6. Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City & Belgium)
5. Lionel Messi (Barcelona & Argentina)
4. Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich & Poland)
3. Romelu Lukaku (Inter Milan & Belgium)
2. Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain)
1. N’Golo Kante (Chelsea & France)
After winning the Champions League and enjoying a successful start to Euro 2020, Kante retains top spot on the list.
But regardless of that, it’s just refreshing to see a top three that doesn’t feature either Messi or Ronaldo, as they’ve dominated the award for a tad too long.