Tuesday, February 28, 2017

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.

Deserving

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.

Perception

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.

Unfortunate

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.

Stats

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.

Favourite

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?

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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32 Comments on "Surely Ronaldo deserves the Ballon d’Or this year?"

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Arku Prince_kelvin
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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!!!

mehdi yaghoubi
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mehdi yaghoubi

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

cloud
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cloud

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.

Bereola
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Bereola

Yes he deserves it

bakori
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Cr7 deserve to b

Terry
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Terry
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… Read more »
Terry
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Terry

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

Humphrey
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Humphrey

For sure CR7 deserves this award.

abdurahaman njeta
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ronaldo realy deserves it

Tetelo
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Tetelo

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.

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