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As usual for any competition, counting or selection, voices come out here to question or support this option, and when it comes to football this debate escalates into a war of words between fans of this or that star, how if the choice between Argentine Lionel Messi and his traditional rival Another ten years Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo?
We are talking about armies of social media followers, numbering tens of millions, invaded these sites yesterday and topped the list of global Twitter.
The key criterion can be shortened in weighting one player over another whether awards are awarded to a player for his individual performance or for his contributions to the team's titles.
For the Secretariat, the most optimistic of the Bulga fans did not expect to win this award, which has been awaiting him since 2015, but it seems that the skill and the abundant goals have returned to play a decisive role and sometimes assert their superiority over the achievements, which is the favor of the captain of Argentina.
The player scored 51 goals in 49 appearances for Barca in all competitions last season, made 21 more goals, and again won the Golden Shoe award for best scorer in the five major leagues, and also won the best scorer in the Champions League last season, and the best player in La Liga, and led Messi Barca last season to win the La Liga title and reach the King's Cup final and the Champions League golden box, and contributed to his country's victory in the bronze of the Copa America.
If FIFA's "Best" and France Football's "Golden Ball" awards are awarded to players who excel in their individual performance away from titles that are a collective task for the team as a group, Messi - unanimously by sports experts - deserves the award because he is the team's lever. And his country when they need him.
If talk of football is a collective game and prizes are given to players who help their teams win trophies without personal numbers, then Dutchman Virgil van Dijk, who came second in FIFA's vote, is undoubtedly the Liverpool defender who won the Player of the Year award. Europe and Primerlig contributed to his team's victory in the Champions League and second place, one point behind Manchester City, and the arrival of his country to the final of the European Championship.
Like Ronaldo, who finished third in the voting, with his former Manchester United and Real Madrid teams, the Madeira rocket has written a new chapter in his record of brilliance with Juventus' strong performance in Serie A last season.
Ronaldo led Juve to their eighth league title in a row and won the tournament's best player.
Ronaldo was the top scorer in all competitions last season and contributed to his team's achievement of the Italian Super Cup. Ronaldo played a prominent role in the Portuguese team's victory in the first edition of the European Championship and crowned the top scorer in the tournament.
But he missed the FIFA ceremony yesterday and won no prize, while his presence in the 2019 squad was a face-saving.
If we want to expand the debate further than the three candidates, we should also talk about the names that came in the perfect squad for the best players in the world, including the trio of the Royal Sergio Ramos, who did not mention anything last season, Marcelo, who did not leave the bench, and Luka Modric, the best player in the world. The world that disappeared last season.
Messi won the "best" prize for the first time since its inception four years ago, while the awards in previous years went to Croatian Luka Modric (once) and Ronaldo (twice).
In comparing the individual awards won by the two stars, we show that if Messi wins the Ballon d'Or, he will partner with Ronaldo:
- Golden Ball: five balls for Messi and the same for Ronaldo
- "Best" award: once for Messi and twice for Ronaldo
- Golden Shoe Award: six times for Messi and four for Ronaldo
- Best player in Europe: four times for Messi and five for Ronaldo
- The best player in the league: six times for Messi and twice for Ronaldo
- Champions League top scorer: four times for Messi and seven times for Ronaldo
- Liga top scorer: four times for Messi and three for Ronaldo
- Player of the World Cup: twice for Messi and not once for Ronaldo
This brings the total individual prizes to 32 for the Argentine magician and 28 for the Madeira.