Barça and Real Madrid have an advantage already but Atletico are there.
The latest footballer to step up to the plate is none other than Antoine Griezmann, who has claimed that he can rival the trio and continue to improve his skills.
"In the previous year he was, without doubt, the best player in the world", Simeone said after naming off all the trophies and accomplishments Griezmann won during 2018.
"Ignorance is bliss, whenever I hear this kid speak I think of the likes of [Francesco] Totti, [Gianluigi] Buffon, Iker [Casillas], Raul, [Andres] Iniesta, Xavi and so on who have their homes full of trophies and don't have a Ballon D'Or".
"What is on the table are images that I have, and I take advantage of this table".
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"I am not going to score fifty goals, but I am looking to help offensively and work for the team". By contrast, the FIFA Best award has been a stand-alone award only since 2016, having spent the 2010-2015 period merged with the Ballon d'Or.
Portuguese handler Jardim was swift to recognise at a pre-match press conference that while his side had sold, Atletico had kept hold of stars such as French striker Antoine Griezmann.
While ridiculed for what many perceived as shameless self-promotion, his decision to reject Barcelona and stay at Atletico Madrid was a sign of not only his affection for the club, but his belief in it.
"Saying no to Barcelona shows Atletico's greatness, [coach] Diego Simeone, my teammates", he said.
Griezmann has had a good start to the season personally, scoring once and assisting twice more in four La Liga games.
Monaco however have won just one game so far this season and have just five points from five Ligue 1 outings. They won every title and they don't have a Ballon d'Or.