If there was ever a perfect time to score a hat-trick to help secure the Ballon D’Or on Tuesday Cristiano Ronaldo produced a stunning display and single handily took Portugal to the World Cup.
Tuesday’s master class just summed up how good Cristiano Ronaldo has been this year. He scored their first goal and then when Sweden scored twice he stepped up yet again and scored two goals in two minutes, even Ibrahimovic was applauding him.
It was one of the best hat-tricks you could hope to see, it was delivered on the biggest night in Portuguese football for a year and a half. When they needed a big-game player with a big-game attitude, the biggest of them all delivered.
This performance along with Ronaldo’s blistering start to the season has raised the question should Cristiano Ronaldo win the Ballon D’Or?
In my opinion he should win the Ballon D’Or. You could talk for hours about Ronaldo’s stats and rightly so, since joining Real Madrid he has scored 225 goals in just 216 appearances which is just incredible, despite this there has always been one problem, Lionel Messi.
The genius Argentine has been standing in Ronaldo’s way and has won four consecutive Ballon D’ors. However in 2013 things have changed, Messi has had some trouble with injuries but that takes nothing away from Ronaldo, he has scored 31 goals in 19 appearances for club and country so far this season, 66 goals in 55 appearances so far this calendar year while Messi has scored 43 in 44.
What has been very impressive are his big game performances, he has delivered consistently in big games in 2013, he has scored 14 goals in the Champions League this calendar year which is a record.Already he has equalled the most goals in the Champions League group stage (8) with two games remaining in the group, he has scored 6 goals in his last 7 Clasicos. He has scored more goals this calendar year than Liverpool (61), Arsenal (58) Manchester City (56) Chelsea (54) Manchester United (54).
So if Ronaldo has been better then Messi then what is stopping him, the answer is Franck Ribery, the French and Bayern Munich winger. He has been very good this year but not at the same level as the big two in terms of individual performance.
The main reason he is being tipped for success is because he was part of the extraordinary Bayern Munich team who won the treble, this is a remarkable achievement and Ribery was one of their key players. If you look back to 2010 however, Inter Milan won the treble, Wesley Sneider was their best player and also Holland’s hero as they made it to the World Cup final, yet he wasn’t even chosen as one of the top 3 players and Messi won it. This shows that the Ballon D’or is a competition for the best individual, and over the last 12 months there has been no better player in the world then Cristiano Ronaldo.
He still has 6 weeks to cement his position and I would be surprised if he were to leave Zurich empty handed in January.