Now, as we head into the final stages of voting for the world player of the year, it seems that there can only be one winner. The man who plays his trade in Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo.
The winner of the last four Ballon d’Or’s, Leo Messi, has not been a patch on Ronaldo of late, and is currently sitting the rest of the first half of the season out through injury.
That does not even mention the fact that Ronaldo has literally dragged his country to the World Cup and is actually getting better if that is possible.
Franck Ribery makes up the other rival for the award, and yes, it cannot be denied that last season belonged to Bayern Munich, but that is precisely the point. Bayern Munich. Not Franck Ribery. The winger was very good, yes, but was not the only star in the side. He certainly does not deserve the accolade of world player of the year. Bayern do deserve world team of the year, but that is a different matter altogether.
Scoring 66 goals this year in 55 appearances thus far in 2013, Cristiano Ronaldo has had a perfect year. The numbers are sensational. His two closest rivals have found the back of the net 64 times in 2013. Combined.
Ronaldo managed to score all four goals in the playoffs against Sweden and to say he dragged his side to Brazil is actually an understatement. He is Portugal. Franck Ribery is not France, and Leo Messi is certainly not Argentina.
Ronaldo has often been accused of failing to perform on the International stage. Well after the playoffs, that comment seems a little redundant to say the very least. His performances in the Champions League and also La Liga have again been second to none, and the statistics are mind blowing.
Ronaldo himself has scored far more goals than several prolific strike partnerships combined – those include Leo Messi and Neymar, not to mention Edinson Cavani and Zlatan Ibrahimovic. He has also scored more than ten of the sides in La Liga.
Put simply, he is a goal machine, and one who specialises in hat-tricks. Five have been netted this season so far, not to mention scoring in 16 out of 19 appearances in all competitions. It is now taken as a given that Ronaldo will score at least once in a game. He has become sensational and actually elevated himself to an even greater level.
If the Ballon d’Or is actually done on merit and is for individual brilliance, as we are told, Ronaldo has to win it. Voting has been extended and the Portuguese forward should have sealed the trophy after his International performances – which even had the ego himself Zlatan Ibrahimovic applauding.
It is well documented that Sepp Blatter prefers the angel from Barcelona – but frankly, the man who wears white for his club has been the one who has lit up the footballing world this season. If FIFA want to hold onto the little credibility they actually have left, it is Ronaldo who has to lift the world player of the year award. End of.
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