The Best thing that’s happened to Cristiano Ronaldo?
For those who are unaware, he practically single handedly carried his country into Qualification to the biggest soccer stage in the world: The 2014 World Cup in Brazil!
I must confess that just days ago i had my strongest doubts.
In the two games decider Vs. Sweden, he not only scored the winning goal in Portugal that opened up some hope of qualification for his country, but scored a hat trick in Sweden,3 days later as his nation secured qualification in a 3-2 victory!
Voting for this year’s World player of the year was supposed to have been concluded by now, but due to poor voting, it has been extended till the 29th of November!
Meaning this monstrous feat; by Ronaldo( Hat trick and Leading his country to world cup qualification single headedly) is now going to be taken into account!
Frank Ribery was a favourite just days ago, but now it is looking like Mr CR 7 has given himself an unassailable boost.
The FIFA world player of the year votes are decided by a specialist group of Journalists selected by France football, National team coaches and National Team Captains.
This Title is often favoured to a player who has helped lead his team in winning major titles by his “extra” contribution to the cause.
Frank Ribery is a favourite by virtue of the fact that he has helped Bayern win an unprecedented treble in winning the league and Cup in Germany and the European Champions league in Europe.
In a year where erstwhile favourites Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi where both emphatically stopped in the champions league Semi finals and Ronaldo had no silverware to show for it but Messi won the La Liga Title!
However, individually Ronaldo has had a stunning year worth taking note of: The He has scored 66 goals in 55 games. He finished top scorer in last season’s Champions League. He has plundered 32 goals from his opening 20 games of the current term (2013/2014 season) He has now added to it by equalling,(i believe) Portugal’s all time National team goals scoring record. If not bettered it by one!
My point is, can we blame the man if he keeps doing what he is supposed to but his team mates are not meeting up?
Furthermore, Ronaldo got a huge Push Via Sepp Blatter .In a tweet by FIFA President, Sepp Blatter,he commended Ronaldo’s feat in a tweet that read : “Fantastic performance by @Cristiano,” minutes after the demolition of Sweden by the Real Madrid star.
Cristiano Ronaldo has not won this title since 2008,whilst at Manchester United!
A three-man shortlist for the award will be announced next month,in December, with the winner of the 2013 Ballon d’Or set to be unveiled at an awards ceremony in Zurich on January 13th.
Other possible winners are Lionel Messi,Zlatan Ibrahimovic,Neymar Jr of Brazil and of course,Favourite Frank Ribery of Bayern Munich!
Like him or loathe, this has been a C. Ronaldo year and it would be unfortunate if he doesn’t win it but one could understand that the titles won by Ribery and Bayern Munich do make also a favourite.
My Vote goes to Cristiano RONALDO As world player of the year!