Liverpool’s Virgil Van Dijk Deserves The Ballon d’Or

I don’t like calling a 30-man list a shortlist but alas I don’t run the Ballon d’Or award. Yesterday we got France Football magazine’s 30-man ‘shortlist’ of the game’s top players in the last year (You can view the list on BBC Sport). The usual names of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are once again […]

Betting The Ballon d’Or: Who Is The Greatest Player Of 2015?

  Few honors in sports carry the international clout as the Ballon d’or – which recognizes the top soccer player in the world. This award has been dominated by two men in recent years: Barcelona attacker Lionel Messi and Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo. Messi won four Ballon d’or trophies (2009-2012) and Ronaldo has swept the […]

My Call For Neuer To Win Ballon d’Or

So once again FIFA have announced a group of candidates that they feel worthy of the prestigious FIFA Ballon d’Or award. Here are the nominees… Gareth Bale (Wales/Real Madrid), Karim Benzema (France/Real Madrid), Diego Costa (Spain/Chelsea), Thibaut Courtois (Belgium/Chelsea), Angel Di Maria (Argentina/Manchester United), Mario Gotze (Germany/Bayern Munich), Eden Hazard (Belgium/Chelsea), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Sweden/PSG), Andres Iniesta (Spain/Barcelona) Toni Kroos (Germany/Real Madrid), Philipp Lahm (Germany/Bayern […]