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Fifty editors, 50 prophecies: Goal's experts have their say on how the list of the planet's top footballers will look in 2014. Tell us what you think

"Prediction is very difficult, especially if it's about the future," Nils Bohr, the Nobel laureate in physics, once advised. Undaunted, however, our editors have stuck their heads above the parapet with emphatic views on the likely make-up of the Goal 50 in 2014.

50 bold predictions from Goal's Editors

Sulmaan Ahmad, Global Editor-in-Chief Torres, No.3 in our first list, will return to the 50 after six years
Carlo Garganese, Chief Football Writer A Barcelona or Madrid player will win - but not Messi or Ronaldo
Peter Staunton, Football Writer Neymar will win it
Ben Hayward, Spanish Football Writer Bale, Isco, Neymar, Messi, Ronaldo & Iniesta in top 10
Kris Voakes, Italian Football Writer Balotelli - not in this year's 50 - will be the only Italian
Rich Parry, International Editor For the first time, Manchester United will not be represented
Paul Macdonald, International Editor After their worst year, a Spaniard will win it for the first time
Jim Knight, Betting Editor Higuain will make the top 20
Steven Saunders, Europe Managing Ed Rooney, after his first year out, will return to the top 10
Sam Lyon, UK Chief Editor The winner will be from the Premier League
Jonathan Birchall, UK Deputy Editor Reus, this year's controversial omission, will make the top three
Greg Stobart, UK Correspondent No Premier League player will make the top 10
Naim Beneddra, France Chief Editor Messi will not make the top three for the first time
Laetitia Jacquesson, France Deputy Ed After a barren year, an Arsenal player will make the top 10
Vittorio Campanile, Italy Chief Editor If Juventus win the Champions League, Tevez will win it
Sergio Chesi, Italy Deputy Editor Even if Gareth Bale joins Madrid, he will not make the top 10
Falko Bloding, Germany Chef Editor Draxler will be the highest-ranked newcomer
Daniel Buse, Germany Deputy Editor Left out this year, Ozil will return as the highest-ranked German
Claas Philipp, Germany Assistant Editor Reus will finish ahead of Gotze
Tim Rohn, Germany Correspondent Heung Min Son will be the highest newcomer
Ander Bilbao, Spain Chief Editor Ronaldo not in the top three and Neymar not in the top five
Luis Herrera, Spain Assistant Editor Missing this year, Casillas & Ramos will be in top 20
Adrian Boullosa, Spain Assistant Editor Having left Barca, Thiago and Villa will make the top 20
Floris Koekenbier, Netherlands Dep Editor Dutch dominance as Van Persie & Robben make the top three
Erhun Geyisi, Turkey Chief Editor Ronaldo will match Messi with his third win
Sertac Kucukelci, Turkey Deputy Editor There will be a record-smashing seven Galatasaray players
Ryan Kelly, Ireland Assistant Editor Luis Suarez will not make the top 50
Seba Garcia, S America Managing Ed Aguero will make his first appearance in the top 10
Martin Seldes, Argentina Chief Editor Messi will win it with Argentina having two of the top three
Luiz Alberto Moura, Brazil Chief Editor Bernard will make the top 10 if he joins Porto this summer
Marcella Martha, Brazil Deputy Editor Marcelo will reach the top 25 after a fine World Cup
Matheus Herb, Brazil Deputy Editor Twelve defenders will make the list, a new record
Andres Restrepo, Colombia Chief Editor Falcao, after three consecutive years in the 50, will not make it
Eric Gomez, Mexico Chief Editor Vela will make the top 20
Mike Slane, North America Managing Ed Altidore & Giovani dos Santos will make the top 50
Allen Ramsey, US Chief Editor Monaco will have at least four players in the top 50
Alex Labidou, US Deputy Editor An American will make the top 30
Rudi Schuller, Canada Chief Editor For the first time, a North American player will make the top 25
Peter Pedroncelli, Africa Managing Editor Ghana will be represented on the Goal 50 for the first time
Lolade Adewuyi, Nigeria Chief Editor There will be at least three Nigerians in the 50 for the first time
Kent Mensah, Ghana Chief Editor Kwadwo Asamoah will make his Goal 50 debut in the top 20
Ignat Manjoo, South Africa Chief Editor Bale will drop at least 20 places if he leaves England
Bima Said, Indonesia Chief Editor Kagawa will be highest-ranking Asian in Goal 50 history
Erick Bui, Vietnam Chief Editor Like Casillas this year, runner-up Ribery won't make the next 50
Rahul Bali, India Chief Editor Real Madrid will have more players than any other club
Michel Nasrallah, MENA Managing Editor At least three of Rafa Benitez's Napoli players will make it
Ahmed Atta, Arabic Chief Editor Next year's Goal 50 winner will be German
Pejman Rahbar, Iran Chief Editor Kaka will return to the Goal 50 for the first time in five years
Sabry Sayed, Egypt Chief Editor An Arabic player will make the top 20 for the first time
Omar Momani, Cartoonist Kaka will be inspired by Carlo Ancelotti and win the Goal 50

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