Who really is the world’s best player?
With the FIFA Ballon d’Or 2012 fast approaching, who really has been the world’s best player over the last year? The majority of people are torn between Cristiano Ronaldo & Lionel Messi, however there are several other players who should not be forgotten about, such as Xavi Hernandez, Andres Iniesta and even Robin Van Persie!
Since the FIFA Ballon d’Or replaced ‘FIFA World Player of the Year’ in 2010 Lionel Messi has been the only winner, winning the award 2 years in a row…can he make it a hat-trick?
Many people believe Ronaldo should be given the award as he has proved himself in the 2 best leagues in the world – English Premier League & Spanish La Liga. However, it is Messi who holds the world record for the most goals scored in a domestic season (73) and also the record amount of goals scored in a single La Liga season (50). Messi is also on the verge of breaking the record for the most goals scored in a calendar year.
The debate is would Messi be as good if he didn’t have world class midfielders (Xavi & Iniesta) as his supply line, then again you could argue would Ronaldo be as good without the protection of a usually reliable defence?
As we all know football is about opinions, in my opinion there is no better player on the planet than Lionel Messi. Yes, Ronaldo has proved himself in more leagues and probably more so at international level than Messi, however I feel Messi’s all round ‘game’ is better than that of Ronaldo.
Ronaldo’s game is based on pace & power. Described as a fast, tricky, strong, skillful winger and striker who will take on any defender with his dribbling and pace; he hits his free kicks with power and pace, and is able to beat defenders off the dribble and cross the ball. He is able to score with his head and both feet. He is also an accurate set piece and penalty kick taker. On the other hand, Messi is more of a team player, but still has it in his locker to dribble past players for fun. Messi has great vision and is very good at creating combinations with his team-mates. He doesn’t only score goals but has a lot of assists too, last season he managed 29 assists. Barcelona’s former manager said – “Messi is the only player that runs faster with the ball than he does without it” – you can’t argue with that!!
I think it’s fair to say that Ronaldo & Messi are the 2 best players in the world – we will ever find out who actually is the best?