The Ballon d'Or was introduced in 1956 to honor the European footballer of the year. In 2007 it became a worldwide award, and In 2010 it merged with Fifa's own accolade, making it the ultimate individual prize for a footballer to win. Every season there's much debate on who should win the award, and why they should. This years winner will be revealed to all on 13th January.
What was a 23-man shortlist, is now down to three men, Cristiano Ronaldo, Franck Ribery and Lionel Messi. The biggest surprise was the exclusion of Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale. Barcelona's Messi has won the award for four straight years, but Cristiano Ronaldo is the favorite to win the award this time around.
In 2013 Ronaldo played 41 games, scoring 51 goals, with 12 assists, but he won 0 trophies, Franck Ribery played 37 games, scoring 15 goals, with 15 assists, but his team won the treble. Lastly, Lionel Messi played 34 games and scored 37 goals, with 11 assists, winning two trophies. These statistics have caused a huge debate. It's clear that Ronaldo had the best individual season, but Messi and Ribery both won trophies and had stunning seasons themselves. So who should be the main contender for this years award?
Ronaldo should deservedly win the award, barring a controversial decision. Ronaldo has also fired Portugal to the World Cup with stunning performances and has left the football world in awe on many occasions in 2013. Whichever of these star players win the award, they would have good reasons for doing so, but surely the World Player of the Year should be the man with the best individual statistics, rather than the man with the biggest trophy haul?
We are discussing remarkable achievements from three superb players and each one deserves recognition for the things they have achieved. Ronaldo should win the award, and have a better year in 2014, causing more debates over which player is better overall, Messi or Ronaldo?