Okay, great, so perhaps forwards are overrated in voting, but why a goalkeeper to win Ballon d'Or? I mean, there are many other positions that have world class players that deserve recognition, too. Why not a wingback like Joao Cancelo? Or a center back like Virgil Van Dijk? Although those two outcomes are also highly possible, there has been a recent trend in tournaments. The last two Champions League winners were Chelsea and Real Madrid. Who were both team's most important players in winning those trophies? My answer is Edouard Mendy and Thibaut Courtois.
I mean no disrespect towards Karim Benzema. He deserves the Ballon d'Or this season, but I don't think he was as influential to keeping Real Madrid in these games as Courtois was. Benzema was incredible, but when you factor in that his fantastic knockout stage performance included two penalties and another two goals that were genuinely assisted to him by the opposing team's goalkeeper, things get a tad exaggerated.
Then we can also look at the most recent EURO 2021 champions, Italy. Who was their most influential player in winning that tournament? Gianluigi Donnarumma. To win a major tournament recently, it appears that having a world class shot-stopper is extremely important for teams that do not have the best sides on paper.
I don't think it's crazy to think that one of these world class shot-stoppers will eventually be rewarded the same way Luka Modric was back in 2018. Ronaldo was still knocking on the door in 2018, but voters went with the man with the story. In addition, Ronaldo and Messi do not appear to be Ballon d'Or contenders for too much longer. Winning a Ballon d'Or as a non-goal scorer is all about winning tournaments. Luka Modric potentially doesn't even finish top 3 in the vote in 2018 if Croatia lost in the Round of 16, but he carried that unlikely squad to the final and had a good year for Real Madrid.