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Surely Ronaldo deserves the Ballon d’Or this year?

Does Real Madrid and Portugal attacker Cristiano Ronaldo deserve to win the Ballon d'Or?

Does Real Madrid and Portugal attacker Cristiano Ronaldo deserve to win the Ballon d’Or?

Cristiano Ronaldo produced a sensational display for Portugal last night to help his country to a 3-2 victory over Sweden in the second leg of the World Cup play-off tie.

The Real Madrid attacker had also scored the only goal of the game in the first leg.

Ronaldo’s hat-trick in the second leg was sheer brilliance and he basically dragged his country into the World Cup finals.


Ronaldo really does deserve the Ballon d’Or this year. Even as a Barcelona and Lionel Messi fan I have to admit that Ronaldo’s form this year simply cannot be ignored. Messi has been good this year, but he maybe has not enjoyed his best year to date.

Messi is a fantastic footballer, but it is hard to argue about Ronaldo outperforming him. Ronaldo’s scoring stats are amazing.


Cristiano Ronaldo is without doubt one of the best players of his generation. I do not want to again enter into the debate about whether he is better than Messi or not. One quality that Ronaldo seems to lack is Messi’s humility.

The Portuguese star comes across as arrogant and self-obsessed. These qualities are not the most appreciated qualities in a human being and they have worked against him when the votes for the Ballon d’Or have been cast.

Had he been a more likeable person then maybe he would have won more awards and been more popular in the football world. If awards were judged solely on football ability Ronaldo would also have claimed more of them, but they are not.

There will always be politics involved in awards being handed out and perennial Ballon d’Or winner Messi is considered a nice guy and more of a team player than Ronaldo. Ronaldo is rightly or wrongly considered an arch-egotist, who thinks of himself first.


Cristiano Ronaldo is rather unfortunate that he came along at the same time as somebody as highly-rated and popular as Lionel Messi. Had he been born at a different time or maybe in a different era then he may have got more recognition of his talent.

The former-Manchester United attacker always seems to be compared to Messi. Then again the best players in the world always get compared to their nearest rivals. Ronaldo cannot seem to be mentioned in a conversation or article without being compared to Messi (irony, I know, that I have done it, it seems impossible not to!)

Unfortunately, Messi is regarded as one of the best ever players and played in one of the best ever teams under Pep Guardiola at Barcelona.

Last season

The fact that Ronaldo failed to win a trophy last season may be a contributing factor to Ronaldo not claiming the Ballon d’Or. However, the Portuguese forward did find the net 55 times in as many appearances last season.

On the other hand Bayern Munich and France winger Franck Ribery, who is also a leading contender for the Ballon d’Or, won the Bundesliga title and the Champions League last season, as was arguably their most important player.

Messi meanwhile won La Liga with Barcelona and scored 60 goals in 50 appearances last season. However, the Argentinian has endured a difficult start to this campaign due to injuries and has 8 goals compared to Ronaldo’s 16 this season.


Cristiano Ronaldo’s stats for Real Madrid are absolutely incredible. The former-Manchester United star has 225 goals in 216 appearances (stats that better Messi’s), which by anybody’s reckoning is outstanding.

He is simply a goal machine and will no doubt continue to add to those amazing stats this season. The goals just keep flowing and Ronaldo keeps impresses for both club and country. At times the 28-year-old has carried his national team, simply because he can.


On sheer football ability and stats Cristiano Ronaldo maybe be favourite for this year’s Ballon d’Or. However, because of his image and who he is Ronaldo may again miss out on the big award.

For somebody that worries about his image so much, Cristiano Ronaldo does a terrible job at selling himself to his contemporaries and it could prevent him from claiming the second Ballon d’Or award of his career.

Surely Ronaldo now deserves the Ballon d’Or this year?

Wed 20 Nov, 2013
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  1. Yes,yes ronaldo deserve’s the ballon d’or this year. He’s soo fantastic and superb this season also have score alot of goal this season with 5 hat-tricks so far. Cr7!!!

  2. mehdi yaghoubi says:

    yes he deserve`s the ballon d`or this year..
    he is god of football

  3. cloud says:

    Christiano is not arrogant, he is just confident of himself that people confuse it with being arrogant.

    his goal ratio is simply amazing and with this performance against a good Swede side, he has lifted his country, something Messi failed to do ever since.

  4. Bereola says:

    Yes he deserves it

  5. Terry says:

    Jealousy down the man has worked hard for so long without recognition,bcoz fifa doesn’t like him,if its abt soccer I dnt there’s anyone who can stand to contest ronaldo this year people ar saying ribery why what has he done as an individual to me ribery and robben are in the same class and shld b equal in terms of awards bcoz they both helped bayern to win champions league and evrythng,ribery hasn’t done anythng on a personal level bside being handed the uefa trophy bcoz he s more likeable than ronaldo,if the awards are given to likeable people who are shy and lack confidence in themselves then fuck fifa,if awards are given acording to what is happening on the pitch then ronaldo shld win by a long shot

  6. Terry says:

    I belive this award is an individual award ,so why the fuss abt winning the league or champions league if some 1 is brilliant and confidernt like ronaldo then he shld win,on earth there’s messi n ronaldo on number 1 no doubt no two ways abbt it then thers a gap up to numbeer 10 then thers the rest xavi,hazard,the arrogant ibrahimovic,falcao,nilmar,iniesta,bale,ozil etc

  7. Humphrey says:

    For sure CR7 deserves this award.

  8. ronaldo realy deserves it

  9. Tetelo says:

    again editors go offramp. i thot U wer to highlyt wt makes Him dserv it more. bt instead u had to drag al da negative points dt cud cost him thee award. aftr ur summary of analysis,thre is no satisfying conclusion,bt a question. since u hve picked out a lot in Him alredy,y nt tel us wether he dservs it or nt.

  10. David Nugent says:

    Tetelo, all I done was to try and give a balanced argument to why he has not won the award more times in the past. Did I not praise him? Of course I did and I do believe he deserves the award.

  11. RickZ says:

    Its funny though…
    U look at an article about RONALDO

    Where its starts with something like
    ” we wont compare ronaldo to
    And 70% is about messi being such a nice guy and whatsoever

    Thought it was about ronaldo uh!?

    If u talk about
    It has
    Be about only MESSI
    If its about ronaldo then talk about ronaldo

    Its as if at every article of macdonalds you start talking about the taste of burger kingfries

    Ronaldo is an apple
    And messi is a banana

    Stop comparing them
    Their both good
    They have their own specialitys
    And tbh
    Somethimes messsi has a beter season
    Sometimes ronaldo
    This year

  12. Raul says:

    Well ronaldo does deserve the ballon d’or this year
    As he deserves it a couple of years in a row. Ballon d’orr political!.?…..
    Ronaldo being arrogant ad whatsoever?
    The dude was born in f€@#ing madeira
    At a time where he barely had money for shoes
    Where his famaly had probs
    And he had to work his ass of
    Train his ass off
    Be better than the rest
    For what reason? So that he could make money quick for his family

    “Nono… Ronaldo is arrogant and only thinks about himself”..
    Oh wait sherlock…
    First thing he did when he got big money( wnd keeps doing) was look after his family and friends
    Pay their bills, take care of their health, look after his mother and sis, even looks after frieds d the famaly
    Always giving money if their in need

    Yes yes shure sounds like somone who only thinks about himself
    And who is a greedy player only thinking about his salary right?

    Wounder why ronaldo gives millions of
    Money to sick kids, organisations etc.

    When he first won the ballon d’orr he een donated hell of allot of money to some organisationfor sick ppl
    And most probaly wil do
    It again next

    Only reason for ronaldo not winning more times is jealousy
    Fifa uefa
    Don’t like ronaldo bccs hes not the type to play”
    Mr nice”
    Or to lick their boots
    An do what they want

    Arrogant ? No
    Hes more of the type of person who
    Knows hes good at what he does
    ? So is it that bad?
    He te type who says
    F.YOU media
    ILL DO

    and sorry all” ronaldo-haters” or messi fans( lately those are all the same even though not alessi fans are like that so sorry for those who arnt i dont mean u guys)

    But ronaldo IS. Doing his talk on the pitch and during the game

    And til now
    Hes doing pretty damn good!!!!!!!

    And thats whats good about him he works his ass off

    If youd say
    Bah ronaldo u suck bccs u dont have much headers( for goals)
    Hed show you! And score twice as much headers
    Youd say
    You suck bccs u barely score hatricks

    Ed gve you 5x hatricks

    If you say wel but messi scores
    More thats why he desrves it
    BAM there goes ronaldo more

    If the mdia wil say wel ronaldo
    You dont play that wel for portugal

    And he shows the world
    That he wont stop getting better

  13. David Nugent says:

    Some very good points, but could RickZ and Raul please leave your comments in proper sentences, as your comments are hard to read.

  14. louis says:

    i will always go with messi cr7 decerve it bt messi decerve it 2

  15. Brad says:

    Messi and Ronaldo both deserve it. while Messi has something of an excuse for being injured I forget how many times, but not much. However, it’s high time someone besides Messi wins it.

  16. CR7 says:

    really it takes a lot to be consistent for these much years. . . And madrid star deserves the ballon de or . . . Genius . Master . CR7

  17. alex says:

    perfectly cr7 deserve the award.

  18. Cleopatra says:

    Personally Messi is my nmr 1 and allwayss will be He was doing excellent last season but for the shame he had been this year had been this season many times ejured so how you can play when you are on the bench?it’s bad season for Leo Messi I would like to him in to win Both pf them are excellent players there is no doubt of it. Messi has warm personality and that’s one of the reason why people like him . Ronaldo is bit arrogant because he cares about his appearance and isn’t sometime team player. But if would b fifa about personality Messi would win however we are talking about football I think that this year trophy is for Cristiano Ronaldo.

  19. Enric says:

    Ronaldo thinks ,he deserves it because he is rich, beautiful, and the best player of the world.. as he said… good player : yes .. the best player in the world ? No, maybe not even 3th.. doing you a favor ,, if you thing he are the best in the world…. I bet you have a big poster with cristiano in underwear in your room :)…..

  20. Issudheen says:

    Defnietly cr7 deserves the balend’eor than anybody….. ke

  21. Yes ronaldo deserved the ballon-dor this year and no one els. Who is messi, the player who perfom only for barcelona, And not for his nation, AGTN. RONALDO is the best player in the wold messi like or not. From Fairbance mesharck ofori. Nkwakwa ,Ghana

  22. Leonardo says:

    oohh Ronaldo better get it

  23. Haokip says:

    Ronaldo didn’t win anything..it should be ribery or lahm

  24. monyuy divine says:

    am a messi fan but seriously cr7 deserves it although it is painful to accept

  25. oybek says:

    225 goals in 216 appearances for RM, which brought one La Liga, one Copa Del Rey and one Super Cup so far.Am I amazed! Over 15 goals ( five of which came from penalties) in La Liga so far but RM is lagging behind Athletico Madrid not speaking of Barcelona. Am I impressed? Then here comes Would Cup Qualification Ties. Unlike Messi’s Argentina, CR7’s Portigal was drawn against very strong teams such as Israil and Northern Ireland and Russia, unfortunaly for the latter. So they had to face Sweden, the side with arguably the best defense in Europe. But CR7 did outshine and did lift his country, which Messi failed to do so by NOT guaranteeing the first spot in his group long time ago. Am I startled?

    Unless you have meant this article for someone with poor reading abilities, please ask your admin to delete the whole part alleging you Barca and Messi fan. Surely it does not convey the message you are trying to get across-objectivity!

  26. Farah says:

    how could you possibly argue that Ronaldo is arrogant? do you know him personally? I don’t think so? Why is Messi Humble? You don’t know him personally either.
    My point is not that Messi is arrogant but how could you possibly judge someone by how they act.
    I’m pretty sure most people’s confidence comes across as arrogance.
    In Fact your Very ARROGANT for saying he is arrogant without knowing him and believing the media? WAIT YOUR THE MEDIA.
    however Ronaldo will forever compete with Messi, he won’t give up & Every other part of the article I agree with, very much appreciate the fact that you admit Ronaldo deserves it as a Messi fan. however Messi should have been crowned only two Ballon d’Or ‘s, but football is all politics from what I’ve seen in the past 1o years.
    Happy New Year

  27. tegha says:

    ronaldo u are the best, i done care about others

  28. tegha says:

    which media says ronaldo is arrogant,like i said we are not out to bring inequalities between ronaldo and messi.but all i know now is that ronaldo is the best player 2014 loading .

  29. Tony says:

    without doubt ronaldo deserves to win an award which is to be given to the most outstanding footballer of the year(not team performance that would be the whole bayern team) ronaldo is never injured a sign of how hard he works to keep himself at the top level consistantly(unlike the great messi).he makes the hardest part of football look easy scores when he is playing below his best(unlike messi)not saying messi doesnt make it look easy but one team his whole life with players like xavi n iniesta its easier to be part of that than doing it at 2 teams in 2 different countries. ronaldo wins easy this year like messi for the last 4 years ronaldo deserves it

  30. Don says:

    Yo boyz whazz up? Sp. Braddy & cloudy, papa’s back. By d way congrats rats. U still on track hmm! Ronaldo seriously deserved it this time as Messi was injured & naturally they dont count it. Afterall fifa people have to count on performances and not absences or match ratios. But I missed u 2guys very much and I salute ur stamina. By the way I still admit Messi is the best there was, the best there is and the best there ever will be….. adios.

  31. Rygmos says:

    i think messi and ronaldo are both top players and both deserve this trophy, as for ribery he maybe won everything with bayern but as player is not even close to ronaldo or messi i would say that even close to robben (who i would prefer as 3rd)

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