Originally Posted by kurt_rambis
isn't the ballon d'or sorta bullshit, much like the nba mvp? it's voted on by journalists, and only europeans were eligible until the 90s, so maradona and pele could never win. and championships are just as important in basketball as mvp awards, probably more important, so ballon d'or/mvp comparison don't really tell you anything
Christiano Ronaldo will win Ballon d'Or this year. Book it. He deserves it, too, considering Messi didn't show up in the 3 most important games of the entire last season - No goals vs Chelsea, Real Madrid and then Chelsea again, back to back to back. That killed his chances for me. Messi may well be the greatest footballer in history, but Ronaldo is awfully close. We are lucky to be watching them compete against one another multiple times a season.