Wrong Guy Wins Soccer's Ballon d'Or

Wrong Guy Wins Soccer's Ballon d'Or

The Ballon d'Or went to the wrong guy.

Lionel Messi most definitely is the world's best footballer. He will, for many fans of football become the best ever, eclipsing Pele and Diego Maradona, if he wins the World Cup with Argentina next year. But Messi shouldn't have picked up an unprecedented fourth consecutive world Player of the Year award at a glitzy FIFA gala on Monday night.

The trophy that Barcelona's record-setting goal scorer bashfully lifted should instead have gone to Cristiano Ronaldo, Messi's downcast rival at Real Madrid. The award's electorate - journalists and the coaches and captains of national teams - should have tamed their Messi addiction this time.

Not because Ronaldo is a better footballer than Messi. He isn't. But because he stole away one of Messi's most important crowns in 2012.

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