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.”
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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