Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo & Xavi - presenting the three candidates for the 2011 Fifa Ballon d'Or

They are the three best footballers of 2011, as determined by national team coaches and captains, and journalists around the world. But Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Xavi weren't just at the top of their game this past year; they have consistently been at the pinnacle for the last five years.


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Johan Cruyff: "Being the player that Messi is, he can still win many more. He will win five, six or seven and he will be the player with the most Ballon d'Ors in history.”

Diego Maradona: “The day that Messi finished second behind Ronaldo, I called him and said: ‘Listen to me, I’m going to tell you something, Lio, that’s the last time I’m going to let you come second to anyone. Is that clear?’ Since that day, he’s won everything!”
- Scored in the 3-1 win over Man Utd in the Champions League final

- Scored six goals in seven Clasico matches against Real Madrid in 2011, including a memorable solo effort in the Champions League semi-final at the Bernabeu

- Scored two goals in Club World Cup final against Santos and won the tournament's Golden Ball

- Surpassed Laszlo Kubala to become Barcelona's second all-time highest scorer in competitive matches


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Kaka: “In the modern game, Cristiano is the world’s most complete player. He’s capable of scoring goals with his left foot, his right, his head and from free-kicks. Messi is excellent and has numerous qualities, but overall Cristiano has more to offer."

Emmanuel Petit: "I’m leaning towards Cristiano Ronaldo. He’s performed very well wherever he’s been. Even when his team were struggling, he always stood up to be counted – you just have to look at his exceptional statistics to see that. Ronaldo’s consistency is just really impressive."
- Scored the only goal in the 1-0 Copa del Rey final win over Barca en route to lifting his first trophy with Madrid

- Won the 2010-11 Pichichi trophy by becoming the first player to score 40* goals in a single La Liga season, beating previous record of 38 held by Hugo Sanchez and Telmo Zarra

- Awarded the European Golden Shoe for the second time in his career

- Guided Portugal to Euro 2012 finals by scoring two goals in second leg play-off win over BiH

.* Marca credited Ronaldo with 41 goals


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Rafael Nadal: “I hope Xavi wins the Ballon d’Or. As a Spaniard, I have to support Xavi! He’s had an incredible career and completely deserves it, even if the other two are also extraordinary players.”

Emmanuel Petit: "Xavi has redefined the position of midfield organiser. Barca's game channels through him, and he is an immense talent.
- Provided the assist for Pedro to score Barca's first goal against Man Utd in 3-1 Champions League final win

- Provided an assist and scored in 4-0 Club World Cup final against Santos and was awarded competition's Silver Ball

- Surpassed Migueli to become the player with the most official appearances for Barca and also became the club's most decorated footballer with 19 titles

- Broke the 100-cap mark for Spain and surpassed Raul to become the third most-capped player for the national team


BragonDorn said...

I don't exactly watch this sport so I couldn't tell you if this was helpful. The work is very well illustated though and I wish I had that trophy! :)

Potato Skinz said...

Soccer? Football?

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Kristjan said...

I love football, mate.
Following and stuff, bro!

Baur said...

Cool blog following :)

rKaiser said...

Football is good game( not talking about eggball.)

Trainer said...

Football fan here. I follow the spanish league (La Liga BBVA), I LOVE Real Madrid but... Messi won. I'm following you

Jimmy Fungus said...

This blog is a great way to bone up on my football knowledge.

Leon Kennedy said...

I have a hard time seeing Messi not winning again

Kristjan said...

I have to agree with Leon Kennedy on this one.

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League Of Legends Player said...

Great blog. Ronaldo <3 keep up the good work

Watchtower Corp. said...

Ronaldo should win

SammyK said...

I dont like Messi because I love Man U!

No said...

Messi all the way.

Games All Day said...

They are all great players but Messi is a bit overrated. Going for Ronaldo

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