World Player Awards 2015
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 Erik Lamela to the Ballon d'Or. Who would win it this year? Would Messi retain his title for a sixth consecutive year?
, on 192 points, is Manchester City's Spanish magician David Silva. The twenty-nine year old attacking midfielder has been in inspirational form over the last year, despite suffering from injuries such as strained knee ligaments, a bruised shin and a torn hamstring. These injuries have hampered his appearance total, having played just 32 times for Manchester City over the course of 2015. However, he still notched up 9 goals and 17 assists as he helped his team to second place in the Barclays Premier League. Some people say that he is on the decline, but David Silva is out to prove them wrong.
Once again, as expected at this stage, Cristiano Ronaldo takes the infamous second place
syndrome to a whole new level. This is the sixth time in his career that Cristiano has come second in the FIFA Ballon d'Or proceedings. The thirty year old Portuguese winger has also struggled with injury this year, tearing his calf muscle midway through March. However, he still notched up 39 appearances, scoring 19 and setting up 6 goals. His magical form has lead Real Madrid to the Liga BBVA for a second year running, and a third time in four years. Will he ever beat Lionel Messi to this famous award? His chances are running out!
For once, Lionel Messi has managed to keep away from injury for a whole year and this means that he takes first place
by storm, for a seventh year running! The little Argentinian has played 49 times for Barcelona in 2015, scoring 27 and assisting 10. His ability to create something out of nothing has been key to Barcelona, as they finished runners-up in Liga BBVA last term, but are currently leading the standings by nine points. Messi's magical moment of the year came in a 2-0 win away to Atletic Bilbao, where he flicked the ball up for himself with his back to goal and thirty yards out, before picking out his striker partner Javier Harnández, who ultimately found the net with a pinpoint header, with the most deftly executed overhead kick passes which gave the world yet another reason to love Messi. He is truly a magnificent player, bravo!
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