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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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665 Comments:

  1. kenah delano problemo says:

    For me the ballon d”or this year should still be given to lionel messi for he has performed well this season more than any other player.and to add messi is talanted and skillful while ronaldo got just the skill.and the messi is the best player of his generation

  2. Brad says:

    ?????

    “talented and skillful while ronaldo got just the skill.”

    Anyone else not find any sense in that?

  3. leo says:

    haa..,haa…@michal hw stupid r u….huh? did u said det ronaldo hv scre just 2 goals in a free kick…..hee…..hee u rocks plz r u blind hw many times cr7 hv scord in a free kick last yeah.,,..!!actly u dnt knw exactly…,!!so let me tel u he hv nettd 7 times in a free kick…..or messi ve nettd only 2 tmes..we ol knw diffrenc betwen cr7 n messi..both ply totaly opposide..to each othr…,.!!sme facts det messi’s neva agree that without barclona teammates….do u think det messi can able 2 compete wid cr7……??in ma opinion he cant able 2 score 30-40 in a season…his maximum goal goal was set up by xavi n iniasta…!!!he only depend wid his teammates detz y he gves so poor perfomnce in a country mtchs…

  4. Maji Unekwu Simon says:

    For me Messi deserve to win the Ballon D’oh, because he is a gifted and tallented player

  5. Tayo Jay says:

    @Leo…So who is doing better in country matches now? Answer the question and you don’t have to call anybody names!

  6. yemmy says:

    @ leo you are absolute right, as for me cr7 deserve it more than any player, his performance for club and country as been great. Ronaldo fetch himself more goals than messi who should share all his goal with xavi and iniesta

  7. Brad says:

    Are we sure this is Leo, and not another guy called Don working under a different name? The immaturity and attitude are very, very similar.

  8. Elvis says:

    I’ve seen most ppl talkin of better dribles and freekicks whatsoever . Let me ask you a question . In a match (a) has better tactics and (b) nets 5 goals in one match , who gets credit? .in the past 4 seasons (a)has 1 league title and (b)3, who is the best? (a)can’t break the records set by(b), who is tough?. (a)’s talent is realised at an old age while (b) impressed a big club like barca at 13 after playing for only 30 minutes ,whos talented. (a) transfered for 80 million (b) gets a 335 million offer ,who is the most worthy. (a) gets most of his earnings frm hs clb ,most companies want to market their products with (b) konami pepsi etc ,whn is most valuable?. ! ! ! NEWS cristiano ronaldo (a) refused 2 gve a 10 yr old girl an autograph becoz she was wearing a barcelona jersey! ! Cruel , on the other hand messi (b) is a unicef ambassador helping even real madrid suppoters, who is humble? *WHO DERSEVES IT (A)cr7;-> or (A)MESSI THE GREAT;-)? IF YOUR ANSWER IS A SHAME ON YOU . If B NICE . Messi deserves it

  9. gbenga says:

    enikan ooo laye plz why messi alwayz……plz cr7 has work more hard this season than him……let it go’s to him…..i mean cr7

  10. Brad says:

    Sorry Elvis, you didn’t give us Choice B. You said “WHO DESERVES IT (A) cr7;-> or (A) MESSI THE GREAT;-)?”

    So how can we choose B when there isn’t a B? Ha, ha. . .

    By the way, an OFFER is just an offer, it doesn’t really matter unless it falls through. Man City once offered 130+ million to AC Milan for the services of Kaka. But as it didn’t fall through, it’s a useless offer. Meanwhile, 80 million DID fall through, and is the world record for a transfer.

    You’ve got Ronaldo, who has actually played his game with multiple teams and still dominates (except at international level, but even then still shows up once in a while for major tournaments), then you’ve got Messi who dominates only at Barca and hardly lights it up for Argentina?

    It seems Ronaldo is more competent, as he has put in more results at both levels, including match-winners at the Euro this summer.

  11. fairest kilobyte says:

    I have never seen a player campaign for ballon d’or whilst messi is relaxed b’cos is not ur words but ur performance mes broke 5 records both world and europe

  12. Oybek says:

    Hi Brad,

    Re your argument ( the most over-used one ever) about CR7 successful performance with multiple clubs, let me make one clarification- these clubs are superclubs as it is and it is a given that he should perform greatly.

    Plus CR7 “match-winning” against mediocres or underdogs at Euros is offset by his under-performance against worthy teams. So I would not give credit for that.

  13. Brad says:

    Then Messi has under-performances against worthy teams, particularly in worthy situations, when it is (or, at Argentina’s case, should) be a given that he does likewise.

    I wouldn’t credit Messi there, either.

  14. michal says:

    d worthy of ballon’dor candidates are cr7 and arguemntly messi…..these two plyrs r undbtly wrld class….!!thanks @leo i agree with ur point messi should b imprve his perfmnce in a country mtchs…..!!bt still cr7 has bettr recrd den messi in a country mtchs….cr7 has devlpd lot mre…since he join 2 madrid…!!!cr7 dsrvd ths year ballon dor’…

  15. Tayo Jay says:

    @Michal….how do you know CR7 has done better in national team games? Has CR7 won any gold medal or twinning trophy in a Portuguese shirt? Messi, on the other hand, has won age-group competitions (u-20 and u-23) for Argentina. Even though both haven’t won global and continental competitions for their national teams, it is Messi who has a better record in this regard!

    And, for the love of Mike!, when people argue, learn to argue on the scope and the facts of the context…this award is for the 2011-2012 season, not what they have done in the past! Remember, any player can win the league (if he’s in the right place at the right time), but not every player can score 73 goals in official matches in one season! We won’t be seeing that again until another century passes by!

  16. Arif says:

    If anybody knows football he or she should think in both way-scoring & play making. If we consider both of these two things then we see a picture of player. That picture is none but the picture of Messy.

  17. Pure24 says:

    Hmmm… Messi or Ronaldo?
    How about non… Its time we stopped watching two players and began to watch the whole team!!! Why, when is the last time anyone even watched soccer?!

  18. jjjj says:

    r7,u brats

  19. MR.roboto says:

    The FIFA Ballon d’Or is an association football award given annually to the player who is considered to have performed the best in the previous season. —excerpt from the Wikipedia page.

    I mean, from what’s been said, shouldn’t some other players also be considered in this debate? Don’t get me wrong that I’m a big fan of CR7 so if I was one of the voters, I will definitely vote for CR7 but what about Iker Casillas who won la liga and had only one goal against in EURO2012 (also won the tournament) and if people are talking by number of titles, shouldn’t F.Torres be considered too (lol)? I mean, he won golden boots in euro, won euro, and won UEFA champs league in which he made an important goal against Barca.
    So to consider who had performed “the best” in 2012 (of course it’s too early to discuss this but hey) so far, that is, if they do poll right now, I think Casillas should win it.
    Also, I think between CR7 and Leo, CR7 has upper hand at this moment because Messi has scored more but as the others say, CR7 had what people in this debate is referring “important goals”
    I mean, hat trick against lower leveled team during league OR scoring only and victorious goal in Euro2012 tournament match, I think the latter case should weigh more.

  20. George Austine says:

    You can agitate for CR7 for as long as you can. It’s the football heads polls that will decide, which i’m very confident will go Messi or Iniesta’s way. For me, without sentiment, I think the best deserves the Ballon’dor; and that’s the FCB LION.

  21. Stanley says:

    Pls this whole argument shud stop cr7 deserve world footballer of d yr

  22. NIGEL TABB EXETER ST PLYMOUTH says:

    John Terry for the way he never gave up

  23. KAYGOK says:

    For those that are saying that without Xavi and INIESTA Messi cannot be himself I want to use this medium to tell you that you are not a football fan you are just a mere team and player supporter. Go and check last season record. Messi was in the second place behind Ozil in the la liga assist ranking, in the Uefa champions league he was the highest goal scorer and he also made the assist ranking

  24. dismas says:

    as 4mi cr7 is the best, his style is new school messi is old scul. cr7 takes risks messi doesn’t, cr7 takes freekicks perfectly, good dribbler, accurate, fast, can play 4 any club, and handsome hahaa jst kiddin. all this messi can only dream of, even neymar says cr7 is his idol.messi is only good at posessing the ball.

  25. Nkambo andrew says:

    OHHHH Messi takes it for me because of his style of playing. Apart from “give me and i run with it” done by ronaldo, look at the dodging of all the defenders by messi

  26. cr7>xavi>inesta>al other>messi , messi(missing) is just a little guy who have just learn to touch thd ball. he only knows to dribil the ball that can b done by anyone. Have u ever sen scissors kick frm messi, have u ever sen any sorts of skills frm messi? I am sure that answer answer wil be no no…… So ronaldo is the best bcoz he is the best. Cr7 does extraordinary things but messi is just a ordinary and boring organ for xavi and inesta who always bore them by begging pass. cr is d best

  27. bright says:

    the only man that deserve the ballon d or is only but cr7.his the man on bode

  28. bright says:

    cr7,cr7,cr7 is the man!!!!!!!

  29. cloud says:

    why would i say that messi is nothing without xavi or iniesta ??

    remember the EUROS when Spain has no true striker ?? remember that pass by xavi to a DEFENDER named Alba ?? Xavi and Iniesta made what messi is today. Too bad there’s no recognition from them.

  30. Franknd says:

    Cr7 -man united{premier league title-champions league,wold club cup}=world best.Euro 2012{semi finalwit amazing goals}.Real Madrit{la liga title and 46amazing goal}wit dis he is stil gud(amazing)now who is talking about being d best.4 me cr7 have done wut no player can do.if messi try it he wil be lust 4 eva.so if messi is the best,leave bacellona and stil remain d best has cr7 have done.i think messi is not d best.cr7-is amazing,awsome.d best player in d world.

  31. Brad says:

    @Nkambo, hold on!! “Give me and I run with it” ?

    Haven’t you realized that one of Messi’s biggest traits is being the best DRIBBLER in the world? Ronaldo’s is his free kicks and penalty kicks, dribbling is a big part of it, too, yeah, but he’s no longer a ball hog like he was at Man United.

  32. go cr7 u r da best….of all…

  33. leo says:

    @tayo….did u 4gt last yea copa america….n look cr7 hw perform in euro evn though european countries mch tougher den any others continent in d world…..!!definitly cr7 bcme bettr messi dis yea….!

  34. Holuwatimi says:

    Messi deserved the ballon d’or

  35. Don says:

    Hey cranks ! @cloud, brad, sucker, gentle B, franknd, bright, dismas, stanley, jjjj, Tayo Jay, yemmy, gbenga shut up all u pricks and insert your fingers one in your a** and the other in mouths coz Don is back kiddos…. It’s not at all in yours(brats) hands or words to deliver that trophy in cr7’s a**!! you rats dont count in fifa! but now even a single time you praise that CR7 you guys get your a**’s kicked hard and especially Brady and Cloudy you both come in to my office as you havent told this rest about papa(Don)….. Messi of course has already won it and no body speaks for some CRRrrrrr777 or some body whom this world has not even heard of actually this guys name is also stolen one from the name of brazilian icon Ronaldo to go try making is replica and make him world famous continuing that tag of Ronaldo and while speaking about Messi…hmmmm…than listen brats Messi’s are not made they are born. Stars are not dependent on praises the world silently sees them and admires in the hears of billions not some craps like CR7,,,, Scroll messi’s records even the last years and the rest ronaldo will have to rebirth and try again and still he wont reach those touch lines. So think again and b4 any comment always think that Don might be reading it…… and get in queue to please and oblige ‘Don’ addressing the truth(Messi) and i dont want any nonsence from any one of you.. as it gets repeated then i think you may all be lying with the fishes as rest in peace as Luca Brazzi(i.e. in Godfather)…….

  36. cloud says:

    don, too much VIRTUAL GAMES dude ?? You live in your own world, please come back to reality.

    if messi wins, the voting body should make a letter for the public explaining the reason why they let messi win.

    again, his 70+ goal scoring record holds no weight.
    – 50 goals in la liga: did they won la liga ? NO
    – 1st player to score 5 goals in an ECC game: did they win the ECC? NO

  37. Brad says:

    Cloud, I think we should just leave him in his own little world, at least the people know him there and think he’s normal.

    Don, you can break records all you want, like Messi did last year, but if you don’t win the silverware to make it count, those record breakers don’t measure up. No La Liga, No CL championship, just like cloud said.

    And calling us names and telling us to fulfill your. . . . homosexual. . . desires is not going to do a lick of good. So stop the nonsense. The real world is too dangerous for you, so you might want to go away, stay away, and go back to your own little world, off Soccernews.com, before some dude from the real world makes you go. . . “lie with the fishes.”

    I swear, 12 year olds these days. . .

  38. Don says:

    Hey hey hey, u wont improve, hmmm! u mean u’ll not give the trophy to Messi coz barca could win the ECC or La Liga??? listen kiddos its the trophy for the individual performer and not any club related silverware or something…. sick & prejudicial people like you are like dogs tails, ‘u keep it in a pipe for years and when u pull the pipe out it again goes round’.. so nothing can be done for brats as u… u only deserve to lie wid fishes….. WATCH YOUR BACKS! coz u said something as Homo stuff, i noticed that & i still love u both for all this.. hi hi hi. he let me tell you my sectet i’ve really got a big big fish, ‘ask my GF’, and you both gotta lie wid it some day & ‘i swear by u’…..

  39. Brad says:

    Funny. Now I know what political party you fall into: Liberal. Makes perfect sense, seeing as you make no sense at all, and act so intolerant, and have the guts to call me prejudicial. If you want my attitude towards you to improve, I suggest you improve your own attitude. . . basically, “Brother, let me pull the mote out of thine eye, but first, let me pluck out the beam from mine own eye.”

    It mightn’t matter that Messi won no truly major trophies this year, but adding silverware to the stats sheet really does put some gold trimming on your resume. You can break every personal stats record in the book, but you need the silverware to show just where all that effort and hard work went to. It’s not just goals scored that measure a player’s success, it’s the trophies he helps the team he plays for win are also taken into account. I can already tell, had Barca and Messi won either/both La Liga and the UCL, you wouldn’t have said jack about silverware, you’d have reveled in the Catalan side- and the Argentine superstar- victory(ies).

    And you have the temerity to call me and Cloud brats, rats, sick and prejudicial people, and all that nonsense? Despicable how your attitude and language is “mucho feo”.

  40. CR7 says:

    Theres no doubt ronaldo should and will win this year award,he won la liga…But is so sad everyone says messi should or is better,first messi does 86.7% goals for the WHOLE barcelona team while not having any teamate with more than 10 goals,now comparing it to real madrid,which has 3 players with more than 25+ goals per season including ronaldo..plus CR7 should get more credit than any other player since he plays as a winger,which is a croosing position,and its harder than ST…Meaning that this proves real madrid being more offensive than barca and meaning ronaldo is better than messi…Not better enough??? well its so sad to give the award to messi,an incompleted player(cant use his head) who makes belive everyone his better,well there havent been any player on the history of football that has won the award while being incompleted,meaning to this nonsense that sergio ramos could win the award?? well CR7 can do anything,anywhere,anytime,but to all silly goals from barcelona wich gives them credit to messi since he does all goals,then thas why he wins the award?? this make nonsense, cristiano ronaldo is the best player of the world and this flee,who makes belive people his the best??? ronaldo has won already an ballon de oro and a world cup,something that makes u the greatest of all time and a legend,and something messi dosent,overall,im saying Cristiano ronaldo is the best player of the world and should win this award so he can get back on the game and prove to the messi fans boys who pretend to know football whos boss!!!! CR7 the best!!!!!!!

  41. cloud says:

    @cr7, i couldn’t agree more with what you said. Ronaldo is THE complete player. His goals comes from everywhere, free kicks, direct shots, headers, magic shot even. And yes, Ronaldo’s position is much harder to score goals coz he’s a WINGER. How can a winger score more goals than the strikers Benz and Gonzo ??

    Messi is a STRIKER – his job is easy, just make sure he puts the ball at the back of the net PROVIDED by Xavi and Iniesta.

    @brad, i could just imagine don with his soda-caps sucking em all up and munching his nachos playing World of WarCraft. lol

    @don, have mercy on yourself, get back to REALITY, please. There is a REAL WORLD outside of the internet.

  42. Brad says:

    Cloud, I’m sorry but he’d probably be thrown out to, what was it, “lie with the fishes” if he came back to reality.

  43. Clemsy says:

    Ronaldo deserve dis coming player of the year

  44. cloud says:

    @brad, in other words he would not survive in the real world. LOL

    we still have half of a season to decide the winner. Barca is without Pep, i wonder how messi would perform.

  45. Brad says:

    Brilliantly, as usual. . . still trying to work my brain around that bit, sounds like an oxymoron. Now, if we were to take Xavi/Iniesta/both out of the equation, then Messi will drop down a bit.

    And only Don will say otherwise.

  46. Don says:

    Hey Cloudy, Brady babies how how how how r ya?? As still u can’t guess i don’t belong to Real world and i even don’t wanna be….. Shocked hmmm! congrats and keep it up wid your so-called real world, coz we live in Barca world and u’ll regret it one day and i m feeling having a sympathetic feeling for you brats as if suppose Messi wins this trophy weather you guys could get some heart attack or epileptic or paralytic attack or something as you brats for sure know that your Ronaldo guy is not gonna score even half of the number of goal up coming season compared to his last time figures and still if he tries for the past figure i fear as if his balls may fall out of his shorts on pitch and they might even be sent at the back of the net by messi. Pity on u morons u rather come out of virtual world and accept reality i’d rather say…. hi, hi, hi……

  47. michal76 says:

    hey…!@don u shld hv learn sme mannr’s…,!!d way u criticize 2 other’s dets nt gud…!!dis arguments z nt bout us so please…..!!if u want 2 update sme 2 fact,reason or points bout messi n cr7….u cn go fo it…!!bt plz dnt gve such immaturity point….bout messi!!we knew det messi iz a fantastic plyr bt last yeah he may score mre goals den cr7….bt it does’nt mttr who loss dia league and ucl…!!!!!so without silvrwre ol hrd wrk goes vein..!!so cr7 deservd dis year ballon’dor

  48. if messi win ballon d or i am sure that there wil b bigest strike

  49. Don says:

    @michal76,77,78…..,cr bik mgr….etc. etc., thanx for gud suggstns but still i’d sggst stop rubbish unlike brad & cloud or i’d b forced again to say harsh truths which u may count as immannerism, but as i’d to admit again Messi’s class is excellent & cr7 is nt even nearer to that so stopyour rap addressing cr7 as i dnt know bout you fan followings and plz stay safe from this nonsense….. better play carrom or smthng….

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