The Ballon d’Or has lost its appeal. Misconstrued as a popularity contest and lost in controversy, Mina Rzouki asks why Cristiano Ronaldo isn’t everyone’s choice?
In 2010, France Football’s Ballon d’Or and the FIFA World Player of the Year award merged to create one trophy, the ultimate trophy for the individual to win within a collective game. The first to emerge victorious was Lionel Messi in 2010 leaving the world perplexed. Was he the most talented player? Certainly, but did he deserve to win then award in a year Wesley Sneijder won the treble with Inter and led Netherlands to the final of the World Cup? Absolutely not.
According to Michel Platini, a Spaniard ought to have triumphed as they had won the World Cup. One can understand his reasoning but while Andres Iniesta dazzled and Xavi Hernandez pulled the strings, there was no one player who did more for his teams than Sneijder and yet the playmaker did not even make the final three-man shortlist.
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