World Awards 2013
Another year has come and gone, with great football being played across the globe. In this year we have witnessed the German rise to power, as two sides coming from the country met in the Champions League final, and we also saw that the possession football of teams such as Barcelona is beginning to become less effective. With great team performances, there were also a lot of personal great achievements, with many players rising to form over the last year, with others maintaining the great level they were playing at from previous years. To commemorate these achievements, a select few of these stars have been awarded with a nomination for the world most prestigious personal footballing award; The Ballon D’Or.
In 3rd place, comes the Spaniard currently playing his trade at English giants Chelsea, Juan Mata. Mata, who was Chelsea’s player of the season during the last campaign, has started the current campaign very well. During the 25 games he has played in all competitions, he has scored 6 times, and has got 15 assists. These kind of performances have led him to be Player of the Match on 3 occasions. He has led his side to the top of the Premier League table, but was unable to rescue their dismal Champions League results, as they ended up bottom of their group.
In 2nd place, is the man who has become accustomed to that role over the past few years, in Real Madrid star, Cristiano Ronaldo. The Portuguese star has only won the trophy once, during his spell at Manchester United, and since then has been playing 2nd fiddle to arch rival Lionel Messi. This season, he has got 17 goals, along with 3 assists, and has guided to side to 2nd place in the Liga BBVA, of which he is the top goal scorer. He will want to try and finish off his season well, in a bid to try and win next year’s competition, which could be his last big chance, due to the fact that he reach his 30’s in the year after.
For Lionel Messi, breaking records is a habit, and winning this prestigious award for the 5th year running shouldn’t be a surprise. The Argentine, who many consider the greatest player ever to have lived, alongside legends Pele and Diego Maradona, has managed to win the award despite not having the most successful season of his career, scoring just 15 times, less than Ronaldo, but assisting 12 of his sides goals. This contribution not only by putting the ball in the back of the net, but also managing to set up his fellow teammates, is what has won the 26 year old this year’s trophy ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo. He has yet again been Barcelona’s best player so far this year, leading them to the top of the league. He does not look like he will be stopping any time soon, and it seems impossible that anyone will ever match his level of success.