The final countdown for the FIFA Ballon d’Or gala has started and the event is less than 24 hours away from us . The ceremony which awards the best footballer for that calendar year is scheduled to take place at the Kongresshaus haul in Zurich (Switzerland) at 5:30 pm GMT ( 11:00 pm IST) and we present to you our ranking of the final 3 shortlists of the FIFA Ballon d’or 2015.
3) Cristiano Ronaldo
Stats – 54 matches – 61 goals, 22 assists
Trophies – NIL
Well, Ronaldo had statistically an enormously staggering season averaging more than 1 goal per game which won him the European golden shoe award. But that is all there is to win for him as stats can be actually deceiving at times in football and although he was the most prolific goal-scorer in Europe last season, he was far from being the ‘best player’.
Real Madrid had another of their trophy-less season where they were knocked out of Atletico Madrid in the Copa Del Rey and Juventus in Champions League. In La Liga as well they weren’t able to defeat Atletico Madrid despite going on a 22 match unbeaten streak after they were defeated by Barcelona at the Nou Camp. And one thing common to all these matches where Real were trumped by their opposition is Ronaldo’s effect being nullified.
His numbers were more about scoring hat-tricks against mid and bottom placed minnows than creating a difference in the matches where it actually mattered for Real. Same is the story in the current season as well as the Portuguese Talisman was able to score 5 past Espanyol and 3 against Malmo but fired blanks against the likes of PSG, Atletico Madrid, Villarreal, Bilbao, Sevilla, Valencia, Barcelona etc. -matches in which Real dropped points barring their encounter vs. PSG where they escaped with one of the luckiest wins you will ever see. Also, once famous for his brilliant free-kicks, his quality has severely degraded in that department in the last year, as he had a record of having scored absolutely no free-kick goals in 100 attempts.
Luis Suarez’s exclusion for Cristiano was widely criticized as the Uruguayan superstar was much more decisive in the big games and played a crucial part in the Barca’s run to their second treble while having amazing numbers in the goals and assists department and it should probably had been Messi, Suarez and Neymar in the Ballon d’Or podium.