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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?

Tue 10 January, 2012
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