FIFA Ballon d'Or
Besides club and national team honors, many players try to gather as much individual awards as possible. In that way you are contributing to the game in general and seen by football managers all across the world as the best player out there. In January we have seen a lot of news about the FIFA Ballon d'Or and the most intense ceremony so far. In the strong competition against Lionel Messi and Franck Ribery, Cristiano Ronaldo eventually won the award for second time in his career, after he got his first in 2008. Some while ago I claimed that being Ronaldo is probably the worst thing right now. In the time when Lionel Messi is practically dominating the world of soccer, Ronaldo just could not get near him in trophies or individual awards. But, after years of coming second, Ronaldo finally managed to win his award. His football road began nearly 12 years ago, when he debuted for Sporting in Portugal.
After an impressive first season for the Lisbon side, former Manchester United manager noticed him and expressly wanted to sign him for the Red Devils. He beat Arsenal and Barcelona for his signature, which was eventually proven as one of the best moves in club’s history. Signed for just 15€ million, Ronaldo justified the money and even more, leading the team, together with Wayne Rooney, for the Champions league glory in 2008 and three Premier league titles. He captured the famous number 7 jersey, previously worn by club legends such as George Best, Eric Cantona and David Beckham. His last three seasons at the club saw him move more offensively in the team, resulting in higher number of goals and constant attention. Although he was tied to the red jersey, it was inevitable that he will soon depart from England.
Real Madrid came with a unbelievable bid of 94€ million, which is the biggest transfer of that time, which also included a crazy 1€ billion buy-out clause. His transfer is the second biggest of all time but based on his performance for Real Madrid, the money has really paid off. He scores in average more than one goal per game and has won the La Liga title and a Copa Del Rey with the Madrid club. He inherited the number seven shirt from legendary Raul and truly justified that status. Besides enormous success with the football clubs,
Ronaldo is one of the best Portugal players since Eusebio in the 60’s. He debuted in 2003 and managed to collect more than 100 appearances for the national team, scoring 47 goals in that period, which makes him join highest goalscorer with Pauleta on top. He is the best player in the team and probably the reason why Portugal is in the top of world and European football for all these years. He is one With Ronaldo still being in his 20’s, he still has a lot to offer to the football world. It is our prediction that he deserves some glory with the national team as well, and the World cup in Brazil is a good place for success.