Lewis Ambrose is a football writer who contributes to the Arsenal-focused Arseblog and produces his own Bundesliga newsletter entitled Fussballinenglish. Originally from England, Lewis is now based in Germany and delights in exploring the finer details of the beautiful game.

The Ballon d’Or shortlist has been revealed and fans are eagerly awaiting the crowning of the year’s best footballer. But why are the frontrunners the frontrunners? What is it that sets them apart from the rest of the field?