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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. Vishal Kisto says:

    It’s not only about how many clubs and Ligue you have played. Ballon d’or is about the performance of a player’s individual performance, collective performance both for club and country during the year. If it was in which club and championship he has played during his career as a player, then it’s Ibramohvic. If it is country measures, it is about Pirlo, Iniesta, Casillas, Xavi and Alonso followed by Messi, Ronaldo and Ibramohvic. If it is club, then it is Messi, Pirlo, Casillas, Ronaldo, Alonso, Xavi RVP, Falcao and and probably Iniesta(because he missed so many games at the start of the 2011/12 season). Then, if considering overall individual performance, then there one winner (not debatable), Messi clearly with 91 goals and 34 assists for club and country is very far away from 61 goals and 12 assists to that of Ronaldo. One important thing to consider about Falcao and RVP goals contribution, they were far more important than those of Messi and Ronaldo for their respective clubs. In the overall best performers during year 2012, they were as follows: Pirlo, Messi, Iniesta, Casillas, Xavi, Alonso, RVP and Ronaldo respectively. Overall accolades, Messi was best Liga player, in which Ronaldo was third. European golden boot, Champions league leading Goalscorer, in which again Ronaldo was third. Iniesta won the European best player especially for his performance in Euro 2012. While Torres has won the golden shoe ahead of Ronaldo in Euro 2012. The most amazing thing in 2012 is that Torres won the Euro 2012, the Champions League, the FA Cup and the golden shoe for the European championship and his goal that eliminated Barcelona in the semi final while Messi and Ronaldo failed to score and send their team to the Final of CL. If Torres performed at his best level, this would have gave him the edge of Messi for Ballon D ‘or but at the end it is Messi grabbing the Ballon d’or

  2. TOM says:

    i really feel sorry cut for all u messi fans…COZ RONALDO HAS PROVEN HIMSELF the “BEST” INDIVIDUAL AS WELL AS TEAM PLAYER. NO DOUBT HE IS THE BEST AT THE MOMENT

  3. LIONEL MESSI says:

    FOR ME RONALDO IS THE BEST N BETTER THAN ME. HE IS SIMPLY EXRRAORDINARY . I LOVE RONALDO!!! AND PLZZZZ DONT COMPARE ME AGAIN WITH CRISTIANO RONALDO.

  4. Mad man totally knw dat messi is the best who else can score 91goals in a year

  5. kaleelcbk says:

    messi why win the ballon d’or because messi in Barcelona easy to goal score fuck messi go to another club you lose scorin

  6. James Bonds says:

    Really Tom and Jerry (The above post)

  7. James Bonds says:

    All the way, Gaynaldo praising his usual runners up position as the case of Liga player of the season

  8. Incarsus says:

    for me, Messi should win the Ballon d’Or, he performed better than Cristiano Ronaldo, and Messi showed more improvement through the years than Ronaldo. Messi’s goal is increasing through the years while Ronaldo is just, you know, the usual stuff, lower than Messi. Though Real Madrid won the La Liga, it’s not the big factor on winning this award,it’s more on individual performances and by scoring 91 goals in a calendar year it’s equal to Ronaldo’s awards in 2012. So Messi should win the award.

  9. rafa-el says:

    Well Messi may have performed better as an individual, but it didnt show on his team. I believe the accolade ought to be given to a player who performed as an individual and worked in a team resulting to the team’s collective victory. So for me the battle is strictly between C. Ronaldo and Andres Iniesta

  10. Jumacris ramsey says:

    For me mess is more than the best player and ronaldo has fail to drop him.co MESS IS SUPORSED TO GET THAT d’Or.

  11. KILIAN says:

    i don’t understand why people should debate on issues like this. it is obvious that this is an individual award not a team’s award. if we are looking at what a player won, we could as well say that Alonso is a better player than Iniesta because he won la liga and Euros while Iniesta had only the Euros. i think the ballon d’or has not got to do with the number of trophies, it has to do with individual award. Ronaldo won La Liga but his performance couldn’t be compared to that of Leo Messi. i believe if the ballon d’or is really what it is claimed to be, Messi deserves it without any further analyses

  12. michal72 says:

    @kilian u ve just mssd out ua point…probably ova writtng….?der z only 1 plyr hu’s surpass messi’s shadw n det z only cr7…..!!n bdwy i dnt thnk messi z far bettr den ronaldo..i assured det messi wil lose his wrld best plyr crown if he apart 4rm barca…coz his speciality z to plyng wid barca’s teammates……n ronaldo’has evrythng he can ply wid any team newhre around d wrld……ronaldo truely deservd dis year’s ballon.dor

  13. THE TRUTH says:

    Let’s face it….without Xavi and Iniesta Messi would not get close to half the goals Ronaldo scores.

    Messi+Xavi+Iniesta>Ronaldo
    Ronaldo>Messi

  14. Guys Messi won the baloon d’or 3 times in a row so what would stop him from winning another…………but without Xavi and Iniesta….Messi wouldn’t have won the baloon d’or………….C.Ronaldo deserves the baloon d’or because he scores goals from out of nohere and L.Messi scores obvious goals in the box so yeah………..

  15. Ronaldo Ronaldo Ronaldo Is Will Be The Winner 100% BE Sure All Of You!

  16. jose marinho says:

    messi is super human so this time also he gona win. he is much more thn cr7.

  17. CoLay CoLe says:

    I think Kilian should win it for he / she’s rational & sagacity explanations towards
    Judgement of what the actual representation of what the award actually means…!
    Yes, in this particular regard, this award is of an individual achievement, not team!

    It should go to La Pulga – That wonder kid Lio Messi…!

  18. fisi says:

    On january 7 2013 Cristiano will be Decleard the best player in the Planet

  19. pring john says:

    Ronaldo is deserve to win the best player in the world. his playing is best both legs and head. he can play somewhere in the world like mancher ,porto, real madrid and International team , he always find scores all time.for messi he is better too. But he can play only with Barcelona.for other clubs I think he can. and for his kick only short side.for Ronaldo both sides and the strongest. I think Ronaldo is deserve.

  20. chalee says:

    messi is the best now and for ever ever 100 times more better tha cr7

  21. jobayer hossain says:

    messi should win the balon d’or.coz he is the best player in the world.he is a highest goals scorer in a year.and he always well played…

  22. Yemite says:

    I U PEOPLE WE SEE GOOD THING AND U WE CALLED IT BAD. I wonder y all is debating who is the best. 25yrs old that break the record of 40yrs. Only that is enough to will the ballon

  23. ewane modeste says:

    todays nite will tell us who de best on de planet for de moment

  24. cristiano ronaldo says:

    ohhhhw,i dnt feel sarow if i didnt win the ballondor because being second in the world is also one of the things that make me happy.messi is a good player i agree with that!

  25. me says:

    Messi had 91 goals 34 assists for both club and country while Ronaldo had 61 goals 12 assists for both club and country. Messi won best player in laliga and higest scorer in UCL & laliga. In euro, iniesta won the best player while torres won the golden boot. Cr7 didn’t even win any major award in 2012. Messi truely deserves the ballon d’or

  26. chondaen says:

    for me definitely, ronaldo was,is and will b the best for all time. as he has shown the world that he is the best in every aspect of team game s well s individual game. so really sorry this time messi… it is the time forn ronaldo.yap

  27. TOM says:

    hey hey CRISTIANO RONALDO has won the Bollon D’or award 2012. An obvious news.wow.

  28. Nesreddin Esmael says:

    I hope every footballers were best players but some one should win to desrve the ballondor if zt is true? The ever best footballer who could won soccer audiances confidence,who could make lasting difference in difficulties,who have talent,knock the hearts of soccer audiances,laid finger prints on soccer & who have an answer for supporters will be the right candidate stand up on this,Every ones heart knows z Guy.who Grow up in Camp of lamacia for sure Ask Ronaldo by himself that will be Leonel Andrias Messi.

  29. nelvis noel says:

    Messi d messiah of football deserve to win it over and over again

  30. Pete Higgins says:

    Ronaldo is faster stronger better with his head scores from all places and with both feet, he also does this with no xavi iniesta! Look at the past years la Liga team of the year and its same old Barcelona no debate Barcelona are the best but messi isn’t proven in any other league and as for country “yawn”. Ronaldo is by far the better player no jst by attributes, but because he is proven in most leagues! Ronaldo plays on the wing and scores incredibly!

  31. douglas says:

    messi is the best player on the earth so far nobody can be compare to him.

  32. yosy kin Ethiopia says:

    guys lets write the truth what our mind tell us.
    messi is the special one may be a man from another planet. i can’t compare messi with anyone on earth.
    We all are lucky to see him.
    “God Bless L. Messi’s Legs”

  33. Mardon says:

    Congratulations! Messi officially ends this debate by claiming 4th time in a row thus being 1st ever! Congratulations to all the fans supporting the true legend!

  34. tesarem hailu says:

    i think all the above posts are mad in fact RONALDO IS THE BEST SO HE WIN THE BALLON DOR AWARRD……. !!!

  35. Guys Messi won the baloon d’or 3 times in a row so what would stop him from winning another….4 what i am thinking messi is the best

  36. mustafa says:

    the 2nd and 4th should gave to another person for 2nd Snider or Ineista and 4th Ronaldo

    the should change the voter because some countries just like him for scoring and the dont see the ligue and result,performance,wining and reaching with club and national team

    if not , we should wait for other golden balls for messi until he retire.

  37. richmond anum says:

    messi is the best

  38. prasad says:

    rooney is the best allround player

  39. Ghosh says:

    Here is why messi deserved to win. 1. He scored more goals and assisted more(last year they were tied on goals and messi had more assists) 2. Messi broke an individual record which stood for many decades. 3. It is based on a calendar year performance, so messi played well for whole year and ronaldo played well for half a year and played average after that(same reason why sneijder wasnt given it in2010) if it was season wise well, ronaldo would have won by a mile. Hope you understand what I’m saying.

  40. Ghosh says:

    Pring John please learn English properly. Prasad don’t speak rubbish.

  41. Ghosh says:

    Tesarem hailu doesn’t seem to realise the truth!

  42. Ghosh says:

    Hey Mr THE TRUTH. Let me tell you something Ronald’s has ozil, di Maria, alonso sometimes modification and kaka. Why didn’t other barca players like Ibrahimovich or deco etc get so much fame???

  43. Ghosh says:

    Mr THE TRUTH I forgot, how come messi equalled the record of most international goals in a calendar year without xavi,iniesta,etc.

  44. Ghosh says:

    TOM stop daydreaming

  45. Ghosh says:

    Rafa el don’t you know ballon dor is an individual award , it has got hardly much to do with the team winning trophies.

  46. Cristiano ronaldo says:

    Bwaa haaa haaa I’m crying so much if I dont win ballon dor I should retire

  47. lionel messi says:

    Thats four in a row nice sorry crybaby ronaldo please be bit humble and accept your defeat from now, maybe I’ll vote for you next time

  48. Gerd muller says:

    Messi deserves it!

  49. Brad says:

    ^Pretty creative, but it’s so obvious that one person made all 3 of those comments.

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