On Monday, FIFA announced many awards and among them was the Balon d’Or award. The final three candidates for best male soccer player were Cristinao Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Franck Ribery. Ronaldo correctly earned the title of best male soccer player.
In 2013, Ronaldo not only helped Real Madrid out, but almost single-handedly secured Portugal one of the final 2014 World Cup qualifying spots. On the year, he scored 69 goals in 59 games for club and country. From the beginning, this seemed to be an easy decision for those who vote for this award. I understand that Messi and Ribery are among the world’s best soccer players, however, Ronaldo is almost on a different level.
On the international team side, Messi and Ribery did not affect their team’s qualifying success as much as Ronaldo did. In addition, Ronaldo scored more goals than both Messi and Ribery on the year and showed just how much he means to both his club team and his international team.
As 2014 progresses and we enter a World Cup year, all three of these players should have standout seasons, but Ronaldo’s success should continue to sky rocket as well.
Overall, the Ballon d’Or is awarded to the world’s best male soccer player. Ronaldo’s individual play showed just that in 2013, and the Portuguese soccer player could win the 2014 edition as well. While Ronaldo, Messi and Ribery are all world-class players, Ronaldo’s absence would leave the biggest void for his team out of the three. While FIFA made questionable decisions over other awards, this decision was not a hard one and they made the right choice announcing Ronaldo as the 2013 Ballon d’Or winner.
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