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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. jangchup says:

    i think christiano ronaldo should get the balloo.de. award because in most of the competition his playing skills and how to play the football and not only play for football but also he make all the people who see the match more attractive and people are more like to see the football and also for roanldo…..he also makes the remarkable goals in the champions league and laliga…..

  2. Hjitkk says:

    CR7 is a game changer, and he can adapt in any team in this world, bt Leo Messi don’t want 2 leave Barca. coz he knows dat after leaving 4m Barca his carreer will be finished. So, think who is better between CR7 n messi.
    CR7 is the right person to get this BALLON D’OR AWARD 12.

  3. Footpath says:

    Everybody should know that Leo Messi is a number 1 player in football world.In his long carrier he gets various kinds of award.ballon d’or one of them that, he got last three times.this season Leo messi playing his best of his Carrier.He getting goal in club and country every match.And a HOT news that Leo messi going to breaking Brazilian star pele’s record “max goals 75 in one season”.So Ballon D’or, thats 1ly for Leo Messi………

  4. ISRAEL says:

    LION DE MESSI, should win this year’s Ballon d’O award. he deserve it. he is a complete player,not selfish, not full of pride,he is entertaining and magical with the ball.

  5. norman says:

    remember…..not every single year or ten years or fifty-years and more periode a big name player in history could set many new record like messi did last year.

  6. nurul says:

    i dont believe in Morinho because last yaer he said CR7 was hieght scorer .. so he sould get it…… but now he saya that cr7 won la liga so he should get it .. ha ha ha ha ha fuck him……. man city., juventus,, dotmundo also won their title.. there coachs dont claim balon d or….. chelsea won UCL… but D Motteo does not claim it for Drogba…..

  7. john dias says:

    lionel Messi should win the ballon D O award he is complete player than ronaldo

  8. lionel messi says:

    i deserve to win it

  9. Messi will set the greatest records in football history, because he will win the ballon D O award 12. If U ask CR7 now he will tell U that this award belong to PAPA MESSI

  10. Taplus says:

    Messi is d best player to win d ballor d

  11. Isah says:

    I say Ronaldo because he is a player that can play in any club in the world not like messi that can not play any club after barca but he is a player

  12. I give my vote 2 leo mess bcoz he deserve it 4 da fourth time.mess dose not need cr7 shots to compete.leo is talented but cr7 need hard trianing to reach leo level

  13. Messi should win this years ballon d’or coz he is a great player given by God..In every matches he used to score a goal for his country and club..he is super…..God Bless Messi..i like him so much…….

  14. chuks says:

    LONG LIVE KING MESSI

  15. DAVID says:

    Cristiano Ronaldo is my man. i think he should win cos he has been imprssive through out this season

  16. Champional says:

    Ronaldo should get it, because he is competing with a magician and the fight is indeed competitive and above all one can learn winning technics from him

  17. Chebbi says:

    Cr7 never makes any diffrnce in the game.he allways try to score only.he never passes in dpost.becoz he never wanna others to score. but evryone know that messi allways comes with dffrnt game.and also scores and assists.then thr will be no justice if cr7 gets ballo…
    Cr7 only know to make fancy dribbles…
    If u r a true fan of football u just watch messis videos in youtube.
    We cant compare messi to anyone.
    I dnt know why c.ronaldo is now 2nd.iniesta plays better than cr7.
    Benzema plays better than cr7.
    If benzema gets 90 min on the pitch like cr7 he wil score more thn him.

  18. Baraka msombai ssack says:

    We know that Messi is a best prayer than cr7,so messi will win Ballon d’or.i would like 2 inform everyone that MESSI will win the Fifa Ballon d’or.

  19. Eazyboyy says:

    Am a Madrid die hard fan. No matter the hatred most of u have for us,it’s Madrid forever. Putting sentiment aside CR7 is a player whom shoulders almost all the club responsibilities but in terms of play making,I will go for Messi. I think he (Messi) deserve the top prize too.

  20. Eromosele says:

    All hail king of football leo messi. He deserve it & he is going to win it the 4th time in a row.

  21. Kanjibai##teamcristiano says:

    I think CR7 deserves this year Ballon d’Or because he had a fantastic season, winning one of the best league title in the World but also steering his national team in Euro 2012 and YES to me he is a complete football player i.e he can shoot with both legs, dribbling skills and for the record he is one of the fastest player in the pitch.

  22. Messi,falcao,iniesta.all of them suck give it to CR7
    CR7 is the best player in the world and sho get the B D Or

  23. I think Messi should win and he will win no doubt guys…

  24. sam says:

    Leo Messi iz merciles when comes 2 footbal, cr7 should be busy taking some notes frm Messi fo him 2 be è future winner not this time. Mourinho wishes 2 be Leo’s coach thats why he iz jelous. I vote fo Messi

  25. 2sine says:

    Messi and Ronaldo are very very talented but one of have to pick it up and I as a person is giving it out to Lionel Messi

  26. denao says:

    i had chebbi….. i dn’t kow wat he say in his coment
    i think he dn’t knw how to chose gut player …i want to say he is mad guys….
    n i suport cr7 ronldo

  27. Arrey Raph says:

    i think both players are heavenly gifted however, i really likes ronaldo’s football skills just like ronaldinho, ronaldo makes football more lively. i strongly be leaf ronaldo should get it this time.

  28. ikechukwu iwuchukwu says:

    messi is the best.messi win

  29. EL EUGENE LUTANGU says:

    MESSI SHULD RETAIN HIS TITLE BECAUSE OF THE GOALS HE SCORED AND THE BALLO ITSELF ITS AN INDIVIDUAL PRICE FOR AN INDIVIDUAL GOALS.THEY LOST THE LEAGUE BUT HE WON THE MOST GOALZ.PEOPLE THIS IS A STRIKER TROPHY NOT A TEAM TROPHY.HALLAH

  30. Amaka says:

    THE MESSILESS ONE DESERVES IT….MOU WILL ALWAYS BE A BAAAAAAAAD LOOSER

  31. caron says:

    Cr7 is THEEEEEEEEEE KING OF TH WORLD NOT THE OTHER ONE FAKE…CR7 IS A COMPLETE PLAYER THE OTHER CANNOT PLAY ON HIS OWN.IF CR7 DOESNT GET THEN THE WORLD BOYCOTT RM AND NOT WATCH IT SOMETHING IS VERY WRONG .THE OTHER …..IS NOT FOR REAL

  32. caron says:

    The other one is fake and not very inteligent ugly and not a complete player. Cr7 is THE ABSOLUTE PLAYER THERE IS NO ONE ELSE WHO CAN PLAY THE WAY HE DOES. Cr7 is THE KING OF EUROPE. NO one in this world likes him accept the press who are being paid by barca to make the midget look good. Have you people noticed how the press never ever say anything negative about him!!!!!!! It is very evil they will pick on Cr7 for everything he does right or wrong they twist it just to make the world gainst him. Well, they havent succeded yet because the world still love him and prefer him to the other.Th midget is not for real

  33. caron says:

    The midget is a loser and gay

  34. caron says:

    God made THE KING OF THE WORLD IN SOCCER SIR CRISTIANO RONALDO TO SHOW THE MIDGET HOW IT IS DONE HOW TO PLAY AND HOW TO BE HONEST AND TO BE A DIRTY PLAYER FAKE AND CANNOT PLAY ON HIS OWN NEEDS HELP FROM THE OTHERS NOT FAIR FOR THE OTHER PLAYERS THAT HE PLAYS WITH.

  35. nell nelson says:

    i believe cr7 has some unique characteristics ahead of leo,ie shot,use of both foot,aeria,long range strike,individual stylish skills.with this,i think cr7 must win the balon dor

  36. jemigbeyifestus says:

    Messiless messi is head of d house why cr7 is tail of house ok ,messi is d owner of d award cr7 ur pride wil nt take u 2 anywhere

  37. jemigbeyifestus says:

    Real madrid board im using dis oportunity 2 inform jose mou dat cr7 kill 60% game of real madrid , if d oportunit givin 2 cr7 is givin 2 benzema i bet u benzema wil perform beter.

  38. babs beejay says:

    Every body know that CR7 is the only player that can play in any club in the world so in this case CHRISTIANO RONALDO deserve it than any player in the world is a multipulpose player it can play any wing on the field.RONALDO 100% loaded

  39. Anyone can deserve it,like Mata & Torres(uefa,fa,euro,world cup)Iker cassilas,Xabi Alonso(world cup,euro,la liga),Iniesta&Xavi(world cup,euro,copa del lay),Didier Drogba(Afcon,Uefa,fa)Neymar(top scorer,brazilian league),Cristiano Ronaldo(La liga) but Lionel Messi has broken the football records that weren’t thank that there is someone who can do the same,to break a Pele record who is among the two fathers of football your honour must be more the ballon d’or!all deserves but Messi is the best of the best football player in the World!

  40. i think messi shold take it nt just because i don’t like ronaldo messi has broken countless records won more laliga cups than any player in madrid although last season he did not make it and the team came second place,i think messi is good in everything dribbling,he got speed,he shares the ball,listens to the coach and he is a team player but ronaldo tries stuipd things and stiupd ways to score goals and ends up complaning about injuries and he is always faking messi is a very strong player he can paly all 39 matches without the banch and plays to his fullest and messi with pep are unstopable

  41. sallu says:

    obviously messi…. all others are hell pussys worth….

  42. nsajigwa mwasokwa says:

    Christiano is a good player out of talent and hard work, Messi is a product of Pure genius…
    Had there been no Messi around, christiano should have won, just like had there been no Ronardinho that year, Tiery Henry should have won…

  43. clinsman says:

    christiano is gud bt messi is best eve in history of football and if u ask me i will said dat messi is d world best play of d year.. is obvious dat messi is d best………………….

  44. magai jessy says:

    well a lot has been said,everybody is entitled to his opinion, but lets rather keep sentiment aside and call a spade a spade, cr7 is a talented and a very good player but messi is the best, for now he simply has no equal.anything short of this is a manoeuvre and an unscrupulous attempt to deny the poor child(messi) of his hard earned glory.

  45. Poth Madit says:

    Leo Messi is a different class from anyone at the moment. He makes and scores goals weak-in weak-out and this is what makes a player gr8. He should comfortable win it.

  46. Some people are saying that leo is incomplete becoz he cant use his head, is that true? They are saying this becoz he will win the ballon D’or

  47. enjamam cu says:

    None but L.Messi

  48. enjamam cu says:

    Messi

  49. Elizabeth M says:

    Have never seen a player like Messi,he is the greatest of all time,he is the winner

  50. Brad says:

    All time? That’s bull, you took it too far Elizabeth M.

    For starters, how many World Cup winner’s medals does Messi have?

    I know for a fact the true, all time greatest: PELE, has 3 medals.

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