Friday, April 28, 2017

Who should win this year’s Ballon d’Or?

Cristiano Ronaldo

According to Jose Mourinho, Cristiano Ronaldo deserves this year’s Ballon d’Or.

The Portuguese international bagged 46 goals and 12 assists in 38 league games for Los Blancos in 2011-12, and added 10 goals and three assists in 10 UEFA Champions League appearances.

More importantly, Ronaldo was the best player on the best La Liga team of all-time.

In 2011-12, Real Madrid became the only club in the history of the Spanish Primera to tally 100 points in a single season.

Los Blancos also set the record for most away points in a season (50), most points in the second half of a season (53) and most league goals scored in a season.

In short, Ronaldo fully deserves to win this year’s Ballon d’Or.

With that said, some may argue that Lionel Messi, who scored 50 goals in La Liga this season, deserves to win football’s most prestigious individual award yet again.

Jose Mourinho begs to differ.

“Cristiano has to be the Ballon d’Or winner, not because he was the top scorer, which he already was last season, but because his goals won the league,” the Real Madrid boss told SIC.

“Messi scored 50 goals that have not been worth anything, just as Cristiano scored 42 last season that were not worth anything.

“Cristiano has not been able to win the top scorer award and I think that should now be offset by the Ballon d’Or.”

‘Second-tier Candidates’

Robin van Persie: The Dutch striker enjoyed his best season in professional football in 2011-12, tallying 38 goals and 10 assists for club and country. In addition, he led Arsenal to a third-place finish after a dismal start to the campaign. Had Arsenal won the English Premier League, Van Persie may have been “right there” with Ronaldo and Messi, but that was never really going to happen.

Mario Gomez: Gomez was on cracking form for Bayern Munich all season long. He finished 2011-12 with 48 goals and five assists for club and county, including 12 Champions League strikes. Even if Bayern Munich win the UCL, Gomez will probably not win the award even though he may deserve it.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic: Quietly, but surely, Ibra put together a sensational campaign with AC Milan. Although Zlatan failed to win the league title for the first time since the 2003-04 season, he still managed to seal a second place finish for the Rossoneri. Oh and by the way, he registered 28 goals and six assists in 32 Serie A appearances.

All things considered, Cristiano Ronaldo should win this year’s Ballon d’Or despite Real Madrid’s failure to win the Champions League. It’s as simple as that to be honest.

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cloud
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cloud

.. not being biased, but I agree with Jose. He was clearly neutral with what he said and even admitted that Ronaldo’s Pichichi last year was worthless coz it didn’t gave them any trophy. Even if a player has scored 100 goals in a league but doesn’t win a trophy, it’s practically worthless.

.. so yeah, Ronaldo deserves it more this year than Messi.

Auld Super
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Auld Super

Messi has to win it again as he scored the most goals ever in a season. I think most will vote for Messi again as unlike ronaldo he is not a petulant egomaniac.

russ ru
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russ ru

Ronaldo will win. Trophies are what count. Messi won la liga and e champions league last season and so he earned it. This season its ronaldo’s turn

meno
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messi reached a height no one in my living memory ever reached, go to the top goal scorers of all titme and tell me if you ever seen these players playing live. thats bigger than CL or PL on a player’s calender. braking up to 18 records in 1 season should be rewarded!!

meno-Tech
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selectors are what counts, trophies are also medals, and only mourinho gets it wromg , mourinho is good when taking presssure off his players but now he should tell us what ronaldo thinks and that is just that “I think messi is better sir?”

Prakash
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Prakash
I think Messi deserve it again because he has been broken many records of FIFA . He bagged 50 goals in a single la liga season, maintain champion league highest scorer of all time in a single season by hitting 14 goals, scored 72 goals in a single season surpassing Gurd mullar, became highest scorer of all time of knock out stage of champion league , has 28 assist, become top scorer of all time of FC Barcelona , made a new history scoring 5 goals in a single match of champion league. I love to see Ronaldo as well,… Read more »
princepaul
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I think ronaldo derserve the ballon d or last year he was the laliga and european highest goalscorer but this season isnot so.remenber he isthe source of realmadrid success so ronaldo should be given the award.\

Michael
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Michael
Messi deserve it,for a player to be consistently playing good football in a cool and non arogant way…Consistently braking records and setting records.This season he won the club world cup,became top scorer of all time for fc barcelona,highest goal scorer of all time in la liga,highest goal scorer of all time in the UCL,the only player to ever score 5 goals in the uefa champions league and so on.This guy is great,they even compare him to pele the legend. Baloteli once said he is the best player after messi,knowing fully well that messi is the best,pele once also said… I… Read more »
Haokip
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Haokip

Yaya toure should win

Jay Jay
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Jay Jay

Ronaldo deserves 2 win d’or, cos he has a trophy dis yr unlik magic messi if favoritism is absent

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