Originally Posted by c3z4r
No one is disputing who is more talented, I mean if that was the case, then Ronaldo should have won every year for how insanely talented he was back in the day.
What are you talking about?? Ronaldo's breakout season was 06/07. Unfortunately, Kaka was even better than Ronaldo that year. He completely shredded my beloved Man U in the 1st leg of the CL semi final. Terrifying to watch (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x6X98F60zXc)
. He undoubetdly deserved ballon do'r.
07/08 Ronaldo was the best player in the world by miles. You remember his FK against Portsmouth that left David James rooted to the floor with a "WTF just happened?" look on his face? (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5WmpgeY7tow
) I was behind the goal in old trafford. Best FK I've ever seen in person, and I've seen a lot.
08/09 was a down year. he had ankle surgery in the offseason, missed the first 2 months. Was also pining for a move to Madrid and ended up sulking a little throughout. Still, he produced 2 unbelivable goals - 1. Porto from about 40 yards out (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cWnGmBJV4xA
) and 2. A FK that might have been even better than the one vs Portsmouth against arsenal in the CL semis (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CuHmNNTI118)
. Messi's breakout year. Thoroughly deserved it.
09/10 Struggled with niggling injuries. Messi is reaching godlike status. Sneijder is merely a great playmaker who just about everyone on the planet considered worse than xavi.
10/11 Certainly has a case, but Messi scored the big goals in the big games against madrid (And others).
The Ballon d'Or should reward the most accomplished player in a season
which is exactly what Sneijder did leading Inter to UCL cup and Holland to WC final. No one is disputing the fact that Messi is a notch above Sneijder in talent, but having him win the award in 2010 was absolutely shameful.
Individual players in football have a far smaller impact than NBA players on the results of games. Barca were a little disjointed all season thanks to the ibra signing - he really didnt fit in. Inter were the better team. Much better defensively and they had a genius of a coach. And the same could be said of Argentina/Holland in the world cup. Holland were much stronger/cohesive/better coached.