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Stacking up Ballon d'Or finalists: Is Messi really the runaway winner?

Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar and Lionel Messi are finalists for the 2015 Ballon d'Or.
Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar and Lionel Messi are finalists for the 2015 Ballon d'Or.

FIFA will award the 2015 Ballon d'Or on Monday, when Lionel Messi is expected to claim his fifth trophy ahead of fellow finalists Neymar and Cristiano Ronaldo.

But what do the numbers, both traditional and advanced, say about which of the three had the best 2015? Here's a look at how the trio stacks up in a variety of attacking and defensive metrics along with whether there are any other deserving candidates and, ultimately, which star deserves to win.

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