Among the glitzier events to start the New Year off, the Ballon D’Or presentation ceremony is scheduled for the 13th of January in a gala night in the upper reaches of Zurich, Switzerland. This year could be a watershed moment for the event; ever since its inception we have seen only one winner (a certain Lionel something?) and this year is a perfect opportunity for the challengers to usurp the “Little flea”. All roads will lead to FIFA Ballon D’Or venue in Kongresshaus in Zurich on the fated day of tomorrow, as we could see a fair bit of drama and controversy unfolding. Here we analyze the three things about the hallowed award.
- The NomineesFor all those who supposedly were out of coverage or the ones who simply didn’t want to care until the day of the awards; here is a recap of the three nominees shortlisted for the crown to become the best footballer on the mortal land. To begin with, it was a list of 50 trimmed to 23, and finally to aid those voters with a weird sense of judgment, the final three was announced a bit over two months ago. All the usual suspects made the various shortlists, and then got blacklisted and finally we landed with the top three. For all those romantics of football who doesn’t want to compare among the best and loves to put all the top, top players on a same pedestal, we can say that Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Franck Ribery are the world’s top three players of 2013. Ronaldo had a phenomenal calendar year, the same goes for Messi and Ribery. Although all can claim to be deserving candidates for the crown, the fact that there is no definitive criteria for judgment might well see a few shake-of-the-heads and frowns tomorrow night.
- A weird factA weird fact covers this year’s Ballon D’Or. Apart from it being no more Spain dominated (league-wise), the fact that the nominees have an inverse ratio of goals scored to trophies won is making rounds in the whole of social media and has been a major talking point heading into the big night. Last year Cristiano Ronaldo scored the most goals of the three with 69, but won the least number of trophies (0). Similarly Franck Ribery won the highest number of trophies with his belligerent Bayern Munich team last season (5) but ended up scoring the least number of goals of the three (18) while Leo Messi holds the statistical middle ground with his one Liga trophy and 37 goals. This is somewhat weird for the fact that although the Ballon D’Or is an award for the best individual performer in the world (best parameter is the goals here), but football being a team game we cannot just ignore the silverware count. It must’ve been incredibly difficult for all the voters this year, but that does mean how we are witnessing a few history makers in our lifetime.
- Ronaldo to win it?Widespread polls and opinions point to one fact; Cristiano Ronaldo could finally break his long hoodoo this time around. Ronaldo was at his phenomenal best last year, like he always has been in his time at Real Madrid. Only that year in, year out he had to face the brick wall in Leo Messi. Messi had an average year if you consider his high standards, and this year is the perfect opportunity for Ronaldo to get back to winning ways. Ronaldo has shown time and again that he remains one of the world’s best players regardless of his dwindling trophy haul, and a Ballon D’Or would be apt for the Portugal captain, who carries himself immaculately on and off the pitch.
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