Fernandinho will now head off for his summer holiday before returning belatedly, like other Blues at the World Cup, for pre-season training. However, his disappointing performance in the Champions League is sure to weigh heavily in the voting.
The Seleção plummeted out of the World Cup on Friday after falling to defeat at the hands of Belgium in the quarter final, leaving Tite to pick up the pieces as criticism over his team selection reached boiling point.
You can read John Aldridge's full column in today's edition of the Sunday World. Unless the Argentine completely overshadows everyone in the opening months of next season, it's nearly impossible to see him overcoming Ronaldo's advantage. "Now we need more energy for the semi-final".
In most years, a player with Ronaldo's advantage at this stage would virtually have the award secured.
Belgium will now play a semifinal match against France.
Belgium will go on to play France in the semi-final, with the victor going on to meet one of Sweden, England, Croatia or Russian Federation. The winners will move on to play for the World Cup, while the losers will have to settle for a third-place playoff.
Giroud, naturally, would rather have Henry giving him advice but he claims the French team have a lot of respect for the 1998 World Cup victor.
Belgium's success under Roberto Martinez is a little less surprising, they've always been heralded as one of the most talented groups of footballers at worldwide level in recent years, but they've never before hit their potential.
From Brazil's squad in Russian Federation, 10 players will be 30 or younger by the tournament in Qatar in four years, including Neymar and Philippe Coutinho, who to many was the team's best player at this World Cup.
A stingy Brazil team has only conceded once in the tournament and Lukaku said it is hard to find weaknesses. Have the IKEA Ultras gone too far?
The results as well the build-up to the World Cup have demonstrated that there has been a power shift.