The FIFA Ballon d’Or is the most prestigious individual achievement that you can be awarded in world football. For the last three years it’s been a non-contest and the prize has been given, indisputably, to Lionel Messi. As a prize that should be awarded to the best player in the world in a given season it’s somewhat confusing that there have been calls for it to be given as a prize for retrospective achievement. As well as showing the best player in the world, it also reflects on the success of nat
ions in honing their player’s skills. Yesterday the nominations for the 2012 award were announced, providing a great basis for re-examining the influence and basis of this prestigious award.
You’d be hard pressed to find someone that didn’t agree that Lionel Messi is the greatest player in the world. Every now and then someone will tell you Cristiano…
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