Three players excelled (again) in the Champions League last night, and have certainly been in the top 10, if not top 5, of all footballers this year.
Ballon d’Or wannabe Franck Ribery was again at the heart of a powerful Bayern Munich performance, as the defending champions slaughtered Viktoria Plzen.
The Frenchman scored twice on his return from injury, and as if to underline his stellar past 12 months, set a German record after his 39th straight appearance for Bayern without losing a game.
Meanwhile, in Brussels, Swedish superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic was putting Anderlecht to the sword for PSG.
Arguably the best striker on the planet, Ibra plundered four goals against the hapless Belgians, with his hat-trick strike- a venomous curling volley- typically soft on the eye.
And of course, CR7: the irrepressible Portuguese phenomenon was at it again too, extending his ludicrous scoring return for Real Madrid with (another) brace.
Cristiano Ronaldo simply cannot stop scoring, and his two goals helped Los Blancos to a comfortable win over Italian champions Juventus.
The thing is, perhaps two of the past season’s three best players will not be at next year’s World Cup in Brazil.
Certainly one of Ibra and CR7 will not be there, after Sweden and Portugal were drawn to play one another in the playoffs to reach the World Cup.
Ribery should make it to Brazil with France, who have to play Ukraine for a ticket to the Samba party.
But Les Bleus have been blowing hot and cold since 2002, and it is not unreasonable to suggest that Ukraine could shock the team of Didier Deschamps.
And so, it could be that the world is denied that opportunity to witness not one, but two of football’s hottest commodities in action in Brazil next year.
In an ideal World Cup, all the best players would be there to strut their stuff. But unfortunately that can’t happen this time, so what would your best case scenario be?