Thursday, April 27, 2017

Is Lionel Messi a worthy winner of the Ballon d’Or?

Argentinian superstar Lionel Messi has won the prestigious Ballon d’Or for a third consecutive year.

The Barcelona forward helped his club to the Champions League and La Liga titles last season and is regarded as one of the best players the game has ever seen.

Competition

Messi beat the likes of teammate Xavi and Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo to the award. Both players had outstanding years again but couldn’t beat the little Argentinian to the award. Messi is rated as the best player in the world and he has proved himself season after season.

Ronaldo

Lots of people have said in the past that Cristiano Ronaldo should have won the award. Ronaldo scored a record breaking 40 goals in La Liga last season and had another amazing season. Unfortunately for him he just can’t compete with Messi.

The reason he can’t compete with Messi is because his attitude is all wrong. Even at 26 years of age he doesn’t seem to understand that a good attitude can get you a long way. His arrogance and selfishness has stopped him becoming a real legend. He has shown slightly less selfishness in his play this season but it’s still not been good enough.

Ronaldo decided not to go to the Ballon d’Or awards. I am unaware of why he didn’t go to the awards. Maybe he realised that Lionel Messi was always going to claim the award.

One of the other reasons he hasn’t won the award in the last few years is because he seems to freeze on the big occasions for Real Madrid. In the Clasico’s Ronaldo has been poor and the fact that he missed two brilliant chances in  the last Clasico has summed up his performances in Spain’s biggest games.

Lionel Messi however has produced match winning performances in the big games for the Catalan’s. That’s a big factor in the Argentinian picking up the award.

While Ronaldo has been at Real he has also failed to pick up any of the big trophies. This season is Real Madrid’s best chance of wrestling the La Liga crown from their arch-rivals. If Real win La Liga or the Champions League then maybe Ronaldo will have a chance of winning next years award.

Xavi

Xavi has been the heartbeat of the Barcelona team in recent years. His consistency is incredible and he never seems to have a bad game. He does the simple things very well and is the key to Catalan giants style of play.

Xavi makes the game look so effortless that he sometimes doesn’t get the credit he deserves. I don’t think Xavi was ever going to win the award because he simply isn’t flash enough. The Spanish international doesn’t get the glory or the goals of Messi or Ronaldo but he is still a fantastic individual talent.

Best

In my opinion Lionel Messi is by far the best player on the planet and deserves the award. Messi is the best player of his generation and at 24 years of age will only go from strength to strength. The Argentinian will go on and break all sorts of records in the future.

Lionel Messi has time to make an even bigger impact on the game in the future. He could become the greatest player of all time but he has to enjoy success with his country to be considered alongside the likes of compatriot Diego Maradona, Pele and Johan Cruyff.

I certainly wouldn’t back against Lionel Messi achieving the tag of the best player ever. He is certainly the best player I have seen and I feel honoured to be able to watch so much of Lionel Messi. I’m sure many of you will agree that Lionel Messi is a worthy winner of the Ballon d’Or.

Did Lionel Messi deserve to win the Ballon d’Or?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

David Nugent


David is a freelance football writer with nearly a decade of experience writing about the beautiful game. The 33-year-old has written for over a dozen websites and also an international soccer magazine offline.
Arguably his best work has come as an editorial writer for Soccernews, sharing his good, bad and ugly opinions on the world’s favourite sport. During David’s writing career he has written editorials, betting previews, match previews, banter, news and opinion pieces.

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ellijah
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ellijah

yes he deserved it he is an amazing player and hopefully he will one day win the world cup

sahil
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he do

your mother
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your mother

Van Persie deserved the award because, if you took him off the squad they would not be in the position they are in. If you took messi off his squad they would be in the same spot. RVP scored the most goals in all competitions in a calendar year.

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russ ru

xavi deserved this award…. I think he is the only world class player right now. My reason is this: whether its spain or barca whatever team he’s in he runs things… A european champion, a world champ and everything on offer at barca. Take messi and ronaldo and put them in their national sides and u get… NOTHING

don
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@russ ru and yourMILF o sorry his mother they are surely nutts and prejudicial and anti messi elements and especially this russ ru he is proven critic of messi he simply can’t swallow the skills and talents of messi as he doesn’t know nothing will affect to messi’s game of his such sayings but his(russ ru) image itself deteriorates automatically. His 2 diffrnt comments on this backing Ronaldo and Xavi respectively show he don’t know what to say on this and sometimes even backing the fourth name which was never there so what one has to judge on this nightmare… Read more »
jerrin
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jerrin
i dont know whether just club level performance is the real valuation of this award . real competition happens outside, the world level, strength of barcelona squad far better than other clubs in la liga and european level. messi is playing with a club which have got massive talents, and pay huge sums of money for players. when you consider his international performance he is such abig zero. effort laid by him for national squad is par below than for barcelona. but players like suarez puts the same effort in botth cases. individual talents should be encouraged but international performance… Read more »
Peter
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I am surprised you need to ask this question, Messi is without doubt the best player I have seen in my. (I am a pensioner and have followed football avidly all my life. Rooney is not fit to lace up Messi’s boots. Ronaldo might just be allowed to clean them, by far the best footballer in the world, as the number of votes cast for him implies. Keep up the entertainment Senor Messi and Thank you

dan
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Without a doubt,Lionel is the best ever footballer born on Earth.I am 70 years old and I have watched the best of the best during my life.I am sad when contemplating my life may end before Messi’s career will be over.I hope not because there will never be,ever,another talent (read GENIUS!) like him in world soccer and it will be a shame to miss any of his coming performances.

THE KING
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THE KING

CRISTIANO RONALDO DESERVED IT BECAUSE HE CANT MISS PENALTY THIS SEASON ! HE IS NOT JEALOUSE ! HE PLAY VERY WELL IN THIS SEASON WITH HIS GROUP ! HE SCORE MORE HATRICKS THEN THE LOOSER ! COME ON PEOPLE ! OPEN YOUR EYES ! IF YOU LIKE SPORT LOOK IT WITH YOUR EYES AND NOT WITH YOUR MOUTH ! THANK YOU VERY MUCH !

Jesse
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Jesse

He did win an Olympic gold medal.. that means nothing?

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