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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. jony says:

    morinho says funny…….messi just break the record ……i think he just deserve it…

  2. J says:

    Messi Messi Messi Messi!!! All you C.ronaldo fans can suck it. CR7 isnt going to win the balo de oro. Messi in my opinion should take it cause hes just the BEST PLAYER IN THE WORLD!!! but also must admit that someone from spain does deserve it such as iniesta or casillas but CR7 haha dont make me laugh!

  3. theOsbomb says:

    funny you shouldn’t look at the individual quality in my eyes. But you have to look at how important the nominees or in the case Leo or Ronaldo.
    Ronaldo scored amazing/beautiful goals. So did Messi, but ronaldo scored more important goals than messi and that is why ronaldo deserves ballon d’or. Like mou said. But please guys! Don’t compare Real Madrid or Barcalona with FC Porto because of Hulk or with Santos because of Neymar!! Look at the whole team please is the defenders midfielders! Like baptistuta who leaved europe for asia and he scored 3 goals on his own but the team lost anyway because the rest of the team was just like a piece of shit!!

  4. Raja says:

    If we want to give proper justice to each player, then think from many standpoints. Enumerate these points clearly.See the importance of points too. We are comparing the players not team:

    1) La Liga
    a)Goals scored—Messi(50): CR7(46)

    b) Assists—–Messi(16)—CR7(12)

    c) Most goals in each game 4 goals by Messi on two occasions not once in the season(Valencia,Espanyol). CR7 is not in the picture.

    d) Hat tricks in a season: Messi(8) —CR7(7)

    e) La liga championship is a TEAM work and
    it goes to the TEAM , Real Madrid.

    Copa Del Rey : Let us not count , even though
    Barca won. Both scored 3 goals.

    Champions League:

    a) Top Goal scorer is Messi.
    b) Messi , the first player to score five goals in an UEFA Champions League.

    Conclusion : ???? Messi???

    In a season
    a) 73 goals

    For country:

    a) Ronaldo scored only 3 goals till semi final. Messi scored a hat-trick in one game against mighty Brazil, with Neymar playing full time.

    It is fortunate and simple to get to a conclusion since team members of both Argentina and Portugal are very close, almost the same all in all, considering the average of defence ,midfield and goalkeeper.

    I could have given a more detail explanation with the paramaters I gauge in my document.

    Regards,
    Raja

  5. rohit says:

    Messi is simply bettr than ronaldo bcoz of goals but just bcoz he is a better player with a better gameplay

  6. andrew kabire says:

    To me Ronaldo deserves it with all his efforts to enable Real madrid to laliga tittle

  7. andrew kabire says:

    To me Ronaldo deserves it with all his efforts to enable Real madrid to laliga tittle and portugual to the semifinals he deserves it.

  8. terrz says:

    ron all de way. he truly deserves it. he was tested in 2011. hahahaha i laugh at messi fans ya suck papa. messi na, sucks…………

  9. blaze says:

    messi is the best player ever produced in the history of world football. Irrespective of barca losing up on la liga, they wher able to seal up 4 prestigious cups of which every club would have boosted abouts( super cup, european super cup, club world cup and cope del rey.) messi was tremendous and was at the edge to secure all such titles. Ronaldo am very sory but you need to try harder to beat the supremo. Messi all the way.

  10. nanu says:

    cr7 truely deserve it…..!!!it does’nt mttr det scre hatrick once in a country mtch….hw shamful he hd just score 1 hatrick….so dnt cmpre messi yet in country mtch…..i admit detz messi hv olready score so many goals…dis year bt cr7 hv plyd bttr den messi dis year….

  11. eric says:

    CR7 is just the person to give

  12. Igwe says:

    Winning La Liga title for just one season (team effort though) shld not be a reason to say Ronaldo is the best. We shld not forget that Messi had won several titles in the same season before Ronaldo suddenly came up with one. Leo Messi is simply phenomenal and remains the best, the most humble player ever seen, a team player, not eager for public recognition or any arrogant shows on the pitch for scoring a goal. Messi is simply a great role model. He derseves more than the Ballon Dór period.

  13. rocco says:

    Messi>Casillas>Ronaldo
    Messi= 4 trophies + 73 goals
    Casillas= 2 trophies + fine euro perfmance
    Ronaldo= 1 trophy + 60 goals.
    all ronaldo and mourinho fan BTW peace…..

  14. Jørgen Aleksander Petterson says:

    You are wrong Raja. Ronaldo broke the hattrick-record in La Liga this season, so don`t give us this bull!
    Btw, he broke many records this season! Hattrick is not most important anywas!!! To achieve the title “best player in the world”, I think that player at least have to be fun to watch. Its no fun watching Messi. Interesting, yes, but not fun. Of course its awesome when he does the one-touch pass with for exampl Xavi and Iniesta, but thats so rare!
    He has the best footballteam the world have seen, with the most effecive footballfilosofi behind his back every single game. Personally I think Xavi is better than bot Ronaldo and Messi.
    He control the game. Ronaldo have maybe even better team on his side, but Barcas footballfilosofi is way more effective. But the most important thing is that they are extreme patriots! They really love Barca. Every single player. And they have their supporters as their twelft player. Maybe the referee as the thirteenth sometimes!

    Messi is without doubt one of the best attacking gameplayers, most likely the best, but in my eyes, it is far more fun to watch Ronaldos amazing longshots, when he takes out 3, 4 opponents with awesome dribbleskills, shoulderpasses, scissor kicks, heelpasses, amazing freekicks and all that stuff! Before you know it he`ll smash the ball in the net with his head like a bull! Messi is more like a irritating flie who just soaring pass the opponents with the ball glued to his feet, witch also can be magnificent to watch.

    But when all is said and done, I have no doubt! Ronaldo deserves the Ballon D`or. Im so sick n tired of all ya narrow-minded Messi supporters. Anybody who does not support barca, or dislike RM or Ronaldo, will, or at least should agree to that! If not, then its no hope.

  15. fran the man says:

    leslie davies deserves it

  16. micos says:

    C.Ronaldo!C.Ronaldo!C.Ronaldo-the greatest end the best,the King off soccer!!!!!!

  17. hassan says:

    messi is the best player of our generation,just conside the way he play on the picth!!!kudos to all barca fanz

  18. Andrey Nosatîi says:

    73 Goals + 28 Assists = 4th Ballon D’or for Messi !

  19. usman says:

    cr is the best and should be the one to win the award

  20. usman says:

    we have to look at the performances of cr during laliga, champions league, and euro 2012 he deserve the award for this year.

  21. Brad says:

    Oh Jorgen, it’s fun watching Messi play, but Pele was funner.

    And today, Messi and Ronaldo are on an even keel there. Messi has more goals. But Ronaldo has the silverware.

  22. Az says:

    Can anyone ask messi to join any other club in the world and come in competition or at least on loan to proof himself as cristano Ronaldo did from M united to real where in both he proved himself.messi is been offered 325 million euro and still not ready to get transfer may be because he knows once he leaves Barcelona he is going to lose everything what he his today. On the other hand even his international career also is supported by because of Barcelona. Even in Barcelona take out inesta and Xavi and ask messi to play, I still remember the match when inesta was injured and couldn’t play the match and Xavi was replaced in 30 min because of muscle catch after that I was looking for messi in ground where is he. Both should not be compared because of their different style of play

  23. chika says:

    Messi surely deserves it

  24. russ ru says:

    the finalists should be casillas messi and ronaldo… Its easy to be a goalscorer and grab e headlines but if u got a crap keeper you will still lose… If a keeper can keep out some of the world’s best players e.g( petr cech champions league and casillas la liga and euros) then surely he also was a match winner? Just a thought. wat do u guys say?

  25. obaino says:

    Don’t forget that the top scorer of both Liga and champions league is the first time in history 14, and 50. And the 73 goals total is still de 1st time ever, 5 goals in a champions league match is also the 1st time, people that talk about important goals Messi scores 7 goals in 4 finals to secure 4 trophies. Finally, even pele only talks about Messi chasing him as the world best ever player, he doesn’t even remember ronaldo. Messi remains the best.

  26. Franknd says:

    Wit everybody making sugestiona bout messi(messing up)dat thoes not seem rigth,my Cr7.perfectly dserved d ballon’d’or award.he is wit d la liga tittle rigth now wit him dat alone gave him d award.he reeeeeely deserve it.

  27. nickii says:

    hahaha……messiiiiiisiaaaa,,,,,,,poor…….performance and frear to play against better teamssss………but rono no fear as his style alwaysssssss……….

  28. stack says:

    this year it must be ronaldo.messi failed in this years most important games,against real and in the champions league final games.messi didnt win nothing this year,nobody cares about those stupid cups that he won.goal scoring was almost even

  29. oliver says:

    who wrote this? could they be more bias? didn’t even mention Messi’s 29 assists. which is more assists than any midfielder, AKA the ones who are meant to be making the assists to begin with.

  30. Nigel says:

    Ronaldo shld leave soccer for born football icon like messi and go into modelling full time , ronaldo learnt football when his passion is being in front of the camera and not on the pitch but messi is a born footballer,hamburg is paying barcelona €1.2m if messi plays in their preseason match! can u imagine infact messi deserves much more than worlds best player

  31. gorkhali says:

    jai messi !

  32. vakas says:

    messi is the best player in the world .. he is untouchable ..!! cr7 is not even close to him ..!!

    messi truely deserves to recieve ballon d’or. !

  33. Ibruks says:

    .Its a pity dat many jst watch matches bt doesnt understand wat dey watch.FOOTBALL is 2 give fun nd c.Ronaldo has dat.lets talk about his amazing skils,dribbles (not jst rough dribles like dat of messi),free kicks,outside box shots,bull-like nodding e.t.c.Infact,barca is d best team in which its players are like 98%efficient… ..jst Tell messi to leave dat team 4 a while.Imaging cr7 storming england,came to spain,STORM D PLACE.BT messi,no fun,bullshits,jst running and rough dribbles,rough goals e.t.c.NOT dat of his high scores,JST LIKE 2 of his goals ar sweet bt 35 out Cr7 were good nd sweet as honey.CR7 Deserves it.,.HE IS 2 MUCH. AMAZING FOOTBALLER

  34. jake centenho says:

    its already CR7 winning the award. Individual and basic skills, he has the superiority than any attackers or any players. If only messi is playing in other clubs, playing without xavi hernandez and iniesta, youll be witnessed that he is not really the best player in the world. It could be neymar, instead of messi..
    Anyways, CR7 still deserves it.

  35. Abey says:

    Cr7 all d way. Simply d best last season. Though messi is fantastic but cr7 was ulsome, watch him play against barca last season,and against czech & spain in euro cup. D guy deserve it dis season, atlease he had bin 2nd 4 sm yrs. He nids 2 be encourge 2 giv other players hope of winin d award.

  36. Don’t forget that cr7 broke the record that i don’t think there is anybody in this planet that can broke it netting every club in the season in all compatision in laliga,champions league,copa del ray even that can make him be the best player.

  37. hammer says:

    jj okocha never won Africa footballer award because he scored less goal, messi scored more laliga goals, uefa champions goal, more natinal team goals and more trophies than c. ronaldo.

  38. cr magar says:

    ha ha ha………………………….i get crazy when i hear that messi should get ballon d or because ronaldo is the best in the world. Do anyone think that Messi has ability 2 hit freekicks like ronaldo?
    Do anyone think that he can show mindblowing skills like ronaldo ? He(messi) is one of the worst player that I have seen who just toches the ball towards net kindly provided by his teammates and he just laugh and thank his teammates bending his head towards them. So Ronaldo is the best and Maradona who has commented that Ronaldo that he is nowhere near messi is himself most unsuccesful coach upto this era.

  39. Martinz says:

    We hav our individual opinions. But my bro Raja made ful analysis btw these 2 great footballers which we al know they are true. Then y are we here arguin? CR7 is a grt guy bt the “gods” favour messi more.

  40. kiran says:

    messi bcaz he p;ys like a team,on the ground he simply not only score bt also give more pass to score to other player,just watch the game of barsa their passing is so solid.

  41. FARAH says:

    LMAO the article already said who should win………. no opinions needed lets go Ronaldo <3

  42. Monk says:

    Messi is bata than CR7:YES, but CR7 deserve the ballon d’or,Y?becos he do very well more than messi during the season and odas competition.dat the answer.i wn’t lie am messi big fan,bt if u c the truth say it.

  43. Iris says:

    Cr7 deserve it

  44. Mr kiss says:

    Remain bless monk,u deserve ur name.CR7 Deserve 2 be awared

  45. Siva says:

    Mourinho so stupid to say like that jus bcoz wanna to defend his man… Messi is the right person to be the ballon d or winner coz messi have individual skills and talent…not only that he is d 1st player to score 50 goals in a single season and also top scorer in champions league…. Mourinho is jus a jackass wic is an dumbass…

  46. Michael says:

    Who spoke about CR7 being good at taking freekicks? Let me ask you a question. Out of close to 60 freekicks he took last season, how many did he score? Only 2. Messi scored more. 2 out of 54+ freekicks is the worst in the whole of Europe put together. Let’s be honest and say the fact! Although, CR7 had a more spectacular season by winning the Liga, I’ll still give the Ballon d’Or to Messi. His all-round play is terrific. Plus, he didn’t have a bad season either, considering the records he broke!

  47. luuk says:

    Ronaldo deserves to win. messi is also a good player but not complete enough, he can only dribble and score

  48. Barca the best says:

    Messi deserves it more than Ronaldo. We might argue all we want but it won’t change anything. History will remember Lionel Messi as the greatest play to have played the game. He broke all records in 2011/12 making it hard for future generations to come. Stop comparing Messi to other players because it’s a waste of time. He is number 1 and for the time being there is no number 2 then Ronaldo, Iniesta, Xavi and Casillas. Actually we can compare Ronaldo to Neymar….

  49. franco11 says:

    raja concludedthe argument a long time ago wth stats.u rock raja a man hu reasons if nt messi truth is sm other spanish player like xavi or iniesta evn sergio ramos has a better shot than cristiano

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