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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.

Tue 15 May, 2012
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664 Comments:

  1. ebenezer says:

    leo messi desreve it at all cost. NO MESSI NO BALLON D’OR!!!!!!

  2. pee says:

    are u prople campainin for ronaldo or wat ………messi all de way

  3. peter says:

    ronaldo deserves it… he achievd alot wit madrid combined wit his effort wit portugal in europe 2012… he won laliga n scored 66 goals last season.. Wat more do u want?

  4. villa says:

    ronaldo should win ballon’dor dis year…….!!!!to b honest messi z nthng expct barcelona….he may hero in barca bt excpt barca tell me guys wat hd been he achieved yet…..i agree he’s got many silverwre in barca…..oviously y dnt others acheive 2 for a while he ve been plyng in same team mre den 15yrs….its so easy ply wid lads hus plyng wid ther childhood time…..luk cr7 he’s a truely unbelievle his entry z wz awesme in laliga even though he might changes d club bt his passion futbal waz nt change he scores mre goal den lionel messi……n he adapt very quickly to spanish plyng stlye….suppose cr7 hv been plyng fo madrid since he wz child…like messi…..ohh for god shake”none can comparable 2 cr7……..he z juz complete plyer……!!messi z just a crap…ass hole!!

  5. leo says:

    yes he shld hv wn this year….rm’talisman cr7 he is undoubtly mch much bettr den leo……i agree villa u hd a very gud point messi was plyng barca at the age of 8 or 9 compare 2 entry of cr7 ix madrid unbelievble truely unbelievble….in a vry sort of time in madrid…he blast evry1…….

  6. Jack says:

    Ballon d’Or goes to the best player, not team, yes Madrid won La Liga, but it was a team work, Messi did the best season ever, in history, that’s a fact, better than Pele or Maradona ever played, best scorer in La Liga and Champions League, second place in assists won by Ozil. 4 Years in Real, CR won only 1 Liga, 1 cup and 1 Supercup, and 1 golden shoe and Messi won 16 prizes. Ronaldo is great player, but is not Real best ever, Messi is the one to become the best ever of the world. Legend.

  7. Jack says:

    Just look this way, all Argentina votes for Messi, and half Portugal too, just go to Portuguese football forums and see the battle between Portuguese’s about who is the best, i vote for Messi, is more complete, is the only one to score a goal even with hands, Ronaldo is not capable of make a run against a whole team like Maradona, Messi did it. if you take hes super strong kick, Ronaldo is a Di Maria.

  8. pure24 says:

    People, CR7 keeps showing remarkable performances in Spain – I knw El Clasicos dnt prove who’s worthy, but six consecutive El Clasicos? Never before…
    Also, contributing to a team’s premier league success, leading Portugal to third on the world rankings. Even Messi hasn’t done the things Ronaldo showed. Sure, five goals in ONE GAME, leading the La Liga top goal scorer sheet by FOUR GOALS – with nothing to show 4… Does that really min u deserve to be player of the YEAR?

  9. pure24 says:

    @Jack Contribution towards team success is one of the criteria for world player of the year… Means your performance actually did something.
    Scored a goal with his hands? so he deserves to win Ballon d’Or…
    And in which universe did Messi make a run against a WHOLE team?

  10. Luemer Nnah says:

    Fifa shud stop playing games wit ballon d’or, wat is so special about messi, it has bin luck all d way. Remove barca watelse is left 4 Messi. Why qualify him even to win it last 2Years.

  11. Timothy says:

    Messi deserves it all……some people say messi should try another team and see but the fact remains that u cant be in d best team and opt for a lower team.Barca is rated one of the best team becos it has d best players such as messi.Messi is a calm,tactical team player and i cant resist his style play.He’s a sensational team player……He deserves it the fourth time.CR7 is good but messi is my best!

  12. abu audu says:

    messi deserve it bcs play soccer and that is what they call sport manship messi is not talking on pich when u
    hite him but cr7 when u come to pumpos u will see cr7 dear so i am a marid fans i says the true messi deserve it pls .great player in world messi

  13. michael heaven says:

    christaiano ronaldo is far better than messi. he deserves to win this years balon do’r. it’s obvious and there shouldn’t be any argument about this. cr7 is the best player in the world.

  14. messi is better than the past players and the present players.even cr knows that messi is better than him,is either messi wins ballon’or or i will never watch football again.ronaldo your time is over so go take care of your kids,fuck u ronaldo and madrid as a team.messi just play the best u can cause u are the man born to be the greatest of all time.

  15. Ahmed says:

    @ leo, have ever seen a legend without world cup? Is like u are a baby in the world of football

  16. kakashi says:

    same old driblng 4rm messi…new2 tricks n skills 4rm ronaldo….!!wow just luvd it.

  17. Dearboy says:

    Robot V/S Phenomenal.
    Ronaldo is equal to ego and he will only be backed by such fools like Morinho. Madrid is not playing well now, both the manager and the protege are not happy, Morinho shows that he apple polishes a stupid self centered egoist like Ronaldo, anyone who scores for Madrid. We see a normal celebration, sometimes not even the emotion, Ronaldo scores the guy has to buy a new suit. To me Messi is the best and if he does not win it is because he lacks the arrogance of CR7. Morihno should consult Ronaldo’ Portugal teammates to find out how popular he is in Portugal.
    I rest my case

  18. ANGELO says:

    CR7 IS THE BEST ALL ROUND FOOTBALLER WITH MAN U WITH REAL MADRID WITH THE NATIONAL TEAM. MESSI PLAYS WELL WITH BARCA THATS ABOUT.IT ? CR7 THE BEST WITH BALOON DOR OR WITHOUT IT,.

  19. kakashi says:

    hey….@Dearboy” r u illitrate…huh?..first of ol u shld ve 2 learn eglsh……..dnt mind k… i dnt undrstnd wat ve u writtn hee…hee!!…afta den u may join d arguemnts…poor boy”

  20. leo says:

    yes…..@ahmed i ve seen many legends hu were nt able 2 win wrld cup….1)zinedane zidane2)raul gonjalez3)luis figo….!!k so did leo meSSi win d wc?….@ahmed…atleast cr7 led der team 2 semifinal in euro12….!!messi z just a crap..his goals machine wz activate wen he z in barca….excpt barca he z useless…got it….

  21. leo says:

    cr7 deserve it..

  22. Brad says:

    Looks like Don has taken on a new name. ^^^^

    Disgraceful.

  23. saran says:

    messi is phenomenal in terms of individual footballer as well as team mate.

  24. Denen says:

    He set a new world record of scoring over 70 goals in a single season. He set another world record for scoring 15 goals in UEFA Champions league. Messi, Messi, Messi.. he deserves it.

  25. Samuel says:

    Leo is the best,he is creative,he can dribble,he scores,nw added a new technics of freekicks..,c7 is jst support by d best coach.

  26. Kenyir says:

    Barcelona was there even without messi… But ronaldo made the difference with madrid,last season… I don’t know who’s the best? Still i consider ronaldo should win the award, this time. Not because he deserves it,instead he earned it. Although both are record-breaker, individually. Last season ronaldo broke record by scoring highest number goals in Laliga, but this year messi breaks ronaldo’s record. Who knows?? ronaldo might break messi’s,this season.

  27. Manzo says:

    Yes,there is a rumour messi is best in the world. I say, only in Barcelona…there also he needs dry cell (xavi and iniesta). It’s really sad he plays for argentina.

  28. Heskey says:

    I don’t know why everbody in Barcelona selling brand ‘messi’. Just look at ronaldo he’s fighting the battle all along all these years.
    I guess ballon d’or is about playing well and making the difference in football,however not in who sells himself or someone how well.
    Messi and Barcelona ought to prove they played well.

  29. leo messi says:

    the only reason for ronaldo winning the ballon d’or is “ronaldo won la liga” when madrid won la liga not ronaldo. This means that the best player from the most successful team which was didier drogba. But messi has to win it!!

  30. Brad says:

    Breaking records are nice, leo messi, but if you’re gonna do it, make sure you help your team get silverware while you do it. Otherwise it’s just another little tidbit that’s nice to know about.

  31. M&M says:

    If you compare BARCA and RM as a whole, rating the players for both team you could probably say RM will come on TOP. BUt which team plays the BEST you have to give it to BARCA. Balon D oro is individuality accomplishment. Not only for the team you’re playing, but overall. I personally believe Messi is probably going to win again. He has broken records and probably will continue to break more records by the time they announce the winner.

  32. raskelly prince. says:

    hei who told u ronalo is arrogant?it is b’coz of his freshness,he is older than messi but still fresh and dat is de reason why u say he is arrogant but he be fresh guy and he deserves this year’s ballon dor for so many reasons and after all,he is better dan messi .NO RONALDO,NO FOOTBALL,CR7 ALL THE WAY.

  33. Dread says:

    the self proclaimed special one is a dreamer. Messi is a team footballer in a league better than the selfish speed merchant cristiano. cristiano might get it when the Magical Leo is retired. his award should be that of a cry baby as he is always on the turf complaining when dispossessed of the ball. you will cry again cause its Leo’s.

  34. husky says:

    Leo shud b da best playa,cos he has broken so many records lyk being the1st player to score 5 goals in champions league and that,CR7 wuld never be able to do.

  35. Brad says:

    ^#Yet another arrogant Messi fan# smh

    Ronaldo has stopped flopping considerably, you’ll notice.

  36. Tari says:

    I c no reason y d name of ronaldo shuld b mentiond. All diz stupid fans of arrogant ronaldo and sentimental coach like mourinho, i tell u, u knw notin cos ronaldo has playd notin. Messi all d way.

  37. Tari says:

    I always read abt dat if messi wants 2 b a legend or d best dat he shuld win world cup witt his country and not 2 b d best in barca. I want 2 ask wat has ronaldo carried wit portugal. Beside wat careless xcuse dat he took is country 2 seminal of europe, is dat an xcuse y he shuld win d balon d’or shame 2 u all ronaldo. Messi we all gat ur back u deserve it.

  38. norman says:

    the fact is, Every year in the best competition in europe, there is so many ggod player won the league title but they’r not won ballon d’ or. ronaldo won la liga title wth RM, the only reason for him to winning ballon D’or….. but who like messi . He set a new world record of scoring over 70 goals in a single season. and almost broke pele’s goal record, broke uefa CL goal record. and many more record… not every year or every ten or fifty year periode or more… the football player might set like messi does… messi is the football history…. in he did last year… he must win ballon D’or…

  39. Luz SyChalwe says:

    Lets swap these two players, Messi to Madrid and Ronaldo to Barcelona, then you’ll have your answers. Ronaldo is a complete player and can fit in any team. He really fights for the ball I watch him make those tedious runs for the ball, of which Xavi and Iniesta just know where to set the ball and Messi will come walking. But in the end both are great players but I like how Ronaldo as staid from the time of Ronaldinho, Kaka, and Messi… To put an end to this lets give it to Iker Casillas

  40. TTL(oyekunle wasiu oluwasanjo) says:

    If we want to determine who deserve this year Barlon D OR btw messi and ronaldo . this is a clear something that messi deserves it.base on the tittle, messi won more than ronaldo. ronaldon won just laliga while messi won 2(world clud cup and kings cup).base on personal achievement, nothing to discuss on this because messi won everything. highest goal scorer in laliga, champion’s league as well as all time highest goal scorer.MY PEOPLE LET US SAY THE REALITY BY GIVEN THE HONOR TO WHOM DESERVE IT.MESSI IS THE BEST AND EVERYBODY KNOWS THIS EXCEPT OF……………..

  41. >Derst Deam says:

    People that have eyes knows the bst, cr7 is a good player not best play. Messi have all the qualities to win wold best 20 times bcos he is the best

  42. >Derst Deam says:

    CR7 is a good player not best player u people have to understand that, Messi is the best ever he deservs wold best even 100% more than CR7. people that have eyes knows the best is only the blind ones sees CR7 as thier best player

  43. doga says:

    messi should win the award

  44. cloud says:

    .. messi is the best, ronaldo is the best, could you one liner people give at least the reason to why you say so ??

    .. i came back to this discussion coz i read an article:: http://www.soccernews.com/messi-rules-out-move-to-france/105906/

    .. messi said this “”"” “Paris Saint-Germain’s project tempting? No, no! I have the best team-mates in the world at Barcelona. We fight for trophies every season,” Messi was quoted as saying by France Football. “”"”"

    .. he is afraid to leave Barca coz he knows that he can’t do well without his team-mates Xavi and Andres. he is a sissy boy.

    .. compare that to Ronaldo, even if he was the Gem of United, he still wanted to leave and joined Madrid coz he is confident of his own ability that no matter who his team-mates are, he can still make a difference. And we all see how good he’s doing now with Madrid.

  45. Mardon says:

    Cloud, that’s solely your interpretation. Now here is mine: Messi thinks PSG is a team envisaged by the temporary hobbies of big pockets and lacking the so-called club philosophy and history. Only players solely motivated by financial interests would accept their offers. I would be hardly surprised if your icon joined them sometime soon. You would call this ” he is after challenge while to me he has always been after money and attention”

    Barca is the best team in the world now and is bound to be one in years to come with their unmatched youth school and unique football phiosophy. Only a fool or someone greedy would leave them for some fledgling PSG.

  46. Lawson D Law says:

    Messi is more dan CR.

  47. cloud says:

    .. welcome back too mardon. Well, i didn’t say that Messi will go to PSG. My whole point is Messi leaving Barca altogether, a different set of team-mates and let’s see if he can adjust that well like Ronaldo did at Real.

    .. as for Ronaldo going for the money – if he wants the money he would have been in russian team Anzhi right now with 30 euros a year, but he didn’t go there now did he ??

    .. as for Ronaldo wanting attention ?? He doesn’t need to do anything fancy to get attention, he is even trying to shield himself from all the press and take the attention off him so that he can have a normal life.

  48. cloud says:

    .. sorry for the error, i forgot to put the word MILLION after the 30. 30 million euros.

  49. messi is better than ronaldo and he deserved that !

  50. Hjitkk says:

    Cloud, U point is so good n i think CR7 deserves the ballon d’or award. and without barca leo messi is USELESS.

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