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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. charles says:

    all madrid fans were went you when they gave messi the best player in the league despite he did not win the tittle

  2. ozbertinho yakuza says:

    iniesta beat these two guys as best player in europe but what is this nonsense that ronaldo or messi are the best?

  3. Erick Edger says:

    GO LEO GO EVEN PELE IF PELE HATES U COZ OF UR RECORD BREAKING. GO LEO GO

  4. Erick Edger says:

    On my perspective LEO is going to be the winner of the FOURTH year consecutive of the BALLON D’OR he shows his efforts on assisting the team as well as scoring important goal. He ca be judged while he has his fourth prices on his way PROUD TO HAVE SUCH KIND OF PLAYER IN THIS CONTEMPORARY WORLD

  5. me says:

    Morinho said ronaldo’s goals won the league so he deserve the ballon dor? What about drogba’s goals that won the UCL, aguero’s goals that won the EPL. And so on… Its so sad for a good coach to analyze football as mourihno did. This shows that he doesn’t understand football analysis. The simple truth is that messi or iniesta desere the award.

  6. philip john says:

    Even a blind man knows that Lionel Messi is well ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo in the race for the Ballon d’or sentiment apart. At the moment, messi is the best footballer around.

  7. jerry says:

    obviously ronaldo. since his move to spain he has been a complete team player. yes he struggled a lot from the start of his career in spain. but his performance last season was owesome beyond compare as he finally silenced over 90,000 fans inside the camp nou with his goal that helped to beat barcelona 2-1 and finally win the la liga after 4 years for real madrid.

  8. jerry says:

    ronaldo is truly the best. what else does the world want to see do. he has survived playing in 3 countries, Portugal, england and now in spain. he joins a team when they are struggling and help turn them into champions in Portugal with sporting lisbon, in england with man united and now with real madrid in spain. what else is there for ronaldo to prove. what team can messi survive in if he leaves barca today?

  9. Breezy says:

    Mourinho can neve bacK Messi or Iniesta coz thoz are his nightmares! How cn such a highly proffesional coach say Ronaldos goals won the league therefore he shud be given the Ballon D’or award! When even Drogbas goals that won the UCL title cnt evn make him a nominee!! Wht abt Sergio Aguero’s goals 4 EPL!

  10. ezekia oxade chamblane says:

    the winner of this issue is lionel messi no coment about this am gona wait march 2013

  11. mike says:

    y is mourinho crying foul when it comes to the truth even ronaldo knows messi is better than him if we talk of trophy then the award should go to iker but it is an individual award thats were messi the record breaker comes top and for ibrahimovic he should stop bein jealous of messi

  12. IMMS says:

    messi is the best.messi is the best no matter what

  13. ercm17 says:

    cr7 is the best he is going to win the ballon de oro he is better then messi and falcao real madrid

  14. Ricardo says:

    Yes, it will be fair if RONALDO win Ballon d’Or. He has show peak soccer skill playing in 3 countries, Portugal, England and now in Spain. Messi only good in Barca with Xavi and Iniesta. Without Xavi or Iniesta, Messi will suffer.

  15. Eduado says:

    My dear Ronaldo is d best he has prov both country nd club,he tak his country to Eruo2012 semi final nd also his club 2win la liga after years,he prove himself by playin purtogal,England and is now in Spain to compite wit messi to tel d world that he can in any country or club,messi should go out 4rm baca nd prove himself Ronaldo the winner

  16. Rajan says:

    There is no doubt Messi is the best. Ronaldo is only a striker and there are players like Van Persie who can match his skills, while Messi is an all round player, a striker, feeder and a play maker. No question about that. He is half the strength of the Barcelona team. He deserves the top spot

  17. AHTSHAM ZAHEER says:

    Surely Lionel Andres Messi deserves the 4th consecutive FIFA Balon d’Or due to his consistency, team play and utmost effectiveness. If Balon d’Or is an individual award, it has to go to non other than Messi. Messi already have a record breaking season:
    1- 50 goals in a single season of La Liga.
    2- 73 goals for Barcelona in all competitions of a single season.
    3- Most goals in a single edition of UEFA Champions League.
    4- Most goals in a single match of UEFA Champions League (5).
    5- Most goals in a calender year for his club and country (already 86).
    With all these all time records broken in one year, if Messi does not deserve the FIFA Player of the year, then who else?
    5-

  18. Ronaldo deserve the award of the year

  19. olushola simeon says:

    what do u xpect from mourinho?
    even blindman knows that messi is the BEST and the best should go to the BEST……….

  20. Tari thomas says:

    U guyz re mentionin abt ronaldo playin in different teams in different countries, dat messi shuld go out 4rm barca 2 shw is worth, if i may ask wer do u rilli want messi 2 play again is der any team beta dan barca dat messi shuld sign 4, wel u guyz re jus bunch of idiot 4 saying all dis tinx.

  21. Brad says:

    Tari, it’d be a good idea for him to do so, though, to actually prove himself. He’s always dominant at Barca, and he’s beginning to hit his stride this past year with Argentina. But let’s see Messi do these things more often, without the likes of Xavi and Iniesta to supply him with the opportunities.

  22. rick says:

    ronaldo is gonna win it this year

  23. rick says:

    leo is not better than ronalsdo …. ronaldo is the complete player

  24. Holardiplenty says:

    if the winner is to be judge by their performance i think Ronaldo deserve to win the 2012 Fifa Ballon d’Or ,because Ronaldo has better achievement that Lionel Messi and Andres Iniesta…….he won La liga with his 46 goals and another Spanish cup,he also lead his national team to reach EURO2012 semi-finals which they lost on penalties,Iniesta has won what he deserve already,so the best player should not be judge by likeness….but by their achievements…..

  25. Cortez says:

    Im not fan of real madrid even barca.. or Messi, inesta n c.ronaldo.. but who is deserve Ballon D’Or this year 2012.. is…. LIONEL MESSI! please Check the Individual Achievement! Not Team Achievement! if u say CR deserve.. u blind! u choose bcoz CR is your favorite player only..not his individual achievemnt.. so plz ok..

  26. Timo says:

    Cristiano deserve the Ballon d’Or due to his performance at Real madrid because atleast he improved than we he was in Man United. Ronaldo deserve that respect! for he is Awesome.

  27. oybek says:

    Hello, everyone. I can’t believe you are still debating on this topic. Even Mourinho, albeit sarcastically, admitted that Leo should win this accolade. Seriously, look at what he is doing out there and how he keeps improving day-by-day and match-by-match. I do believe that CR7 had a fantastic season but I fear that his recent instable form and his team’s unlikely performance this season may cast doubt on his being selected. Theoritically though, Ballon d’Or nominees should be assessed against their performance over the previous season which spanned Aug2011 thru May2012, where CR7 does have a slight advantage!

  28. Who in dis planet can do d tins dat leo do wen his wit d ball,he deserves dis evry season. His simply d best in d world.

  29. Ronado can beat lio messi because the goals of ronaldo was efficient for him team.

  30. Great Pepe says:

    messi no go fit play any other club incase u no know bcos him na barca pikin and no get long troat 4 money like ronald. if ronaldo like make he go psg\ juventus\ or warri wolfs messi stil day there

  31. Doni says:

    Too many subjective comments here. If we speak based on data and statistic than no one can beat Messi this year. How many players can score 90 goals in a year? I can only think of one man, that’s Messi. Not to mention how many assists he made. Last season he give Barca a trophy (Copa del Rey), La Liga top scorer, CL top scorer. This season he take Barca lead the La Liga by 9 points above Atletico and 13 points above Madrid. Correct me if I’m wrong.

  32. Gloria says:

    Ronaldo should not win becos he scored goals that won la liga. I mean what of drogba, aguero and rvp? U make noise about messi proving himself in another team? Cr7 moved to manu and then real madrid. Tell me why he wont perform well. He could have gone to stoke city and then mallorca. Let me see what he will do there. Messi has nothing to prove. That he has xavi and iniesta? Are u aware that of his 90 goals this yr the duo of xavi and iniesta only assisted 10? Whats wrong with u guys? Stop analysing soccer in d air. As for me, ballon d’or should go to iniesta or messi. Ronaldo does not deserve it. Real madrid won la liga cos of higuain, benzema, de maria and cr7.

  33. cr7 says:

    Messi may be best player.but not this 2011-12.this year is ronaldo’s.la liga.euro12. Messi 90 goals is in the season2012-13.u idiots messi fan are illiterate.why didn’t Ronaldo win in 2010-11 when he was top scorer with only copa del rey.

  34. Brad says:

    And Barca dominates everything because of Messi, Xavi, Iniesta, Valdes (sic), Puyol, and co.

    If it has to go to a Barca player, it should be Iniesta. He is more integral to Barca than a certain number 10.

  35. abr says:

    ronaldo is the best b/se ronaldo survive in all environments and situations even not found in his club like iniesta and xavi but he does!!

  36. Frederic says:

    people all over the world just think twice don’t be like coach for real madrid he wish something he can not happen he talk about winning la liga. if so is not to chose in la liga only! check 1
    bundasliga2english premier league olso ther are champion …….
    My self i can say that the winner is MESSI.

  37. Khair fortune says:

    guys plz do not abuse murinho bcz each person in the world knows that murinho is the best coach in the world. he won different trophies in different countries with different club, such as chelsea, inter milan, real madrid so then what he said is right. coming on Ballon d ‘or,,, so we know that ronaldo deserve to win it becoz last season he won the la liga title from barca and then copa del ray as well from barca. so then we go for the goals scored by messi, the goals doesnt mean anything that messi score in year more 84, so now ronaldo scored less goals but really important once.

  38. leo messi is best ever player in the world & he is going to win this year best player award ones again

  39. Brad says:

    I’m sorry but Messi is only the best player in the world RIGHT NOW. Get your facts straight, John. Best EVER player is Pele.

  40. rowland says:

    Without question messi is d best ever. Messi all d way. Without him Ω̴̩̩̩̥o football

  41. Julius says:

    How can you compare a messless Messi and Ronaldo in this year’s ballon-dor.

    Mourinho has to support Ronaldo this time because Ronaldo accused Real Madrid Mgt of not supporting his candidature in European Best Footballer award which Iniesta won.

    Lionel Messi is unarguably the candidate for this year’s ballon dor award.

  42. Brad says:

    where’s the facts? and remember, records are made to be broken, so the record breaking moments aren’t as much help as silverware, especially international level.

  43. derrick says:

    its tym for ronaldo

  44. Pago says:

    I think it’s CR . You have to prove you can play in other clubs and with different players. Messi has not done that.

  45. omonigho austine says:

    if messi want to prove himself as the best let him leave barca becos wen ronaldo win d world best in he leave 4 and still prove as d best so ronaldo deserve d best

  46. chris tyko says:

    usually all ronaldo fans are either women,gay or idiots and messi fans are intelligent so there for messi should win

  47. chris tyko says:

    ah… brad dont be an idiot pele hasnt scored 90+ in a calander year

  48. Parag says:

    One and only The King Leo

  49. Mumu says:

    Sachin Tendulkar :D

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