It had to be him really, didn’t it. 59 goals in 50 games for Madrid, and 10 goals in 9 games, coming to a staggering 69 goals in 59 games. He fought off Lionel Messi, and Bayern Munich’s Frank Ribery, to win his second Ballon d’Or trophy. Ronaldo took to the stage and received the illustrious trophy from the legend himself, Pele.
People often criticize Cristiano, diving being one of the things he gets hate about. It’s been more noticeable this year though, that he has matured, and focused more on playing his Football and scoring goals. That’s what he does. The diving for sure has definitely been cut out.
Was it a deserved win? Yes, of course, in my opinion. Ronaldo this year, was by far the best player in the world, by far. The competition from Ribery was very little, as he was nominated through the winnings of trophies he had won with Munich, which is more a team thing, than an individual thing. Messi has a top year, although injury hampered his chances of making it 5 in a row for the little Argentine.
Can Ronaldo win it again this year? For sure he can win it again this year. He just needs to carry on the incredible form that he had in 2013. The World Cup is this year, and big, big performances in the tournament could be a factor in winning it. Messi will come back even stronger this year, and he’ll want the the title he had won for the previous 4 years, back with him.
My predictions for the 3 nominations for the 2014 Ballon d’Or? Ronaldo, Messi, and potentially Suarez. Suarez being nominated would potentially mean that he would be included in the FIFA Team of the Year as well, something a Premier League player hasn’t been included in since 2011, when Manchester United duo, Wayne Rooney and Nemanja Vidic, made it into the team. Suarez might be seen as a “wrong” nomination, but I believe if he carries on his incredible form, helps Liverpool into the Champions League, and starts to rip teams apart in Europe, then he has every chance.