The Ballon d’Or has been dominated by two names in recent years – Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
The Barcelona and Real Madrid duo have scooped the accolade every season since 2007 when it was won by former AC Milan star Kaka.
However, Roma midfielder Radja Nainggolan thinks Eden Hazard could upset the status quo this year with a solid season for Chelsea.
But he admitted his Belgium team-mate would need to add a lot more goals to his game to ensure he was competing for the trophy.
“I think he has the capacity to win it because, for me, he is a very talented player, a very good player and a decisive player,” Nainggolan told CNN Sport.
“He makes a difference on the pitch, but the only difference between him and, let’s say, Neymar, Cristiano Ronaldo and Messi, is that they score much more than him.
“So, I think that is the most important thing.
“It’s the only difference between them, because for me Hazard is, let’s say, in the world’s top five.”
Hazard is yet to feature for Chelsea this season after fracturing his ankle while on international duty with Belgium.
However, the 26-year-old returned to full training with the squad yesterday and could be in contention for Sunday’s clash with Tottenham (4pm).
Antonio Conte badly needs the Belgian back after a disastrous start to the season which saw his side lose 3-2 to Burnley at Stamford Bridge, with both Gary Cahill and Cesc Fabregas sent off.
Hazard made 43 appearances for the Blues last term and scored 17 goals and provided seven assists in all competitions.