Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo became the first player to score nine goals in the group stages of the Champions League when he led his side to a 2-0 victory over FC Copenhagen.
Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo on Tuesday became the first player to score nine goals in the group stages of the Champions League when he led his side to a 2-0 victory over FC Copenhagen. With yet another feather in his illustrious career, what else does ‘CR7’ need to prove of their calibre to win the coveted Ballon d’Or? FIFA announced the final list on Monday with Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Franck Ribery in the run for the Ballon d’Or.
The Football governing body gave voters that include national team captains and coaches and selected journalists, two extra weeks to choose from 23 candidates and even change preference.
With odds favouring Ronaldo to land the prize, it seems 2013 was his. A hat-trick against Sweden that helped lift his tally to 67 goals for Portugal and Real Madrid in 2013, Cristiano Ronaldo has shone like a cheetah out for a prey. His hunger for goals this year has outshone the likes of Leo Messi, who has won the last four player of the year awards, scoring 45 goals for Argentina and Barcelona before being injured.
The other name that is in the list is French winger, Franck Ribery who was already named Europe’s best player for helping Bayern Munich win the Champions League, Bundesliga and German Cup last season. But reality is, Cristiano Ronaldo has proved his doubters wrong. Adding his last night’s feat, the Portuguese forward has leapfrogged Messi and there is no harm saying that, currently he is the best footballer on the planet!