World Player Awards 2014
It is that time of the year again! This is when the three best players in the world over a calender year are announced. We all remember last year's result, with Lionel Messi pipping Cristiano Ronaldo and Franck Ribéry to the Ballon d'Or. Who would win it this year? Would Messi retain his title for a sixth consecutive year?
, on 147 points, was Tottenham's Argentinian winger Erik Lamela. The electrifying attacker has been Spurs' shining light this year, appearing in 53 games, scoring 20 goals and assisting 24. He was pivotal in Spurs' 2013/2014 league season, where they finished in an incredible third place in the Barclays Premier League. At just twenty-two years of age, Erik Lamela has many years ahead of him and is certainly one of the most exciting youngsters in football, if not the most exciting.
Cristiano Ronaldo had to settle for second place
yet again, as unfortunately his consistently high standard of performances were not enough to claim the crown of "world's best footballer" with 311 points. He notched up 59 appearances for Real Madrid in 2014, scoring a brilliant 26 goals and setting up 17 goals. He helped Real Madrid to three trophies in 2014; the Liga BBVA, Copa del Ray and the Spanish Super Cup. He now has fourteen trophies to his name as the Portuguese trickster is well on his way to becoming one of the greatest players in football history.
Nobody needs to guess who won the Ballon d'Or for a sixth consecutive time, we all knew that it would be Lionel Messi, who scored a record high 515 points in voting. The Argentinian maestro has wowed his fans this year, scoring 23 goals and assisting 17 in 57 appearances. He has been a pivotal player in a Barcelona side which, unfortunately, is currently in a stage of redevelopment. He is the world's best ever footballers, and a sixth Ballon d'Or proves it.
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