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Ballon d’Or/Golden Ball 2020 – Lionel Messi vs. Cristiano Ronaldo

Despite the situation that is spreading in the world at the moment, we still have the statistics of the two monsters of world football.

Here are their statistics for the year 2020:

Lionel Messi
(FC Barcelona/Argentina)
Cristiano Ronaldo
(Juventus FC/Portugal)
Games 13 11
Goals 9 13
Assists 7 1

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Ballon d’Or/Golden Ball 2018 – Lionel Messi vs. Cristiano Ronaldo (Week #11)

Lionel played two games this week.  First, in the UEFA Champions League where he collected two goals and one assist in a 3-0 win over Chelsea FC in the return leg of the round of 16, allowing his club to qualify for the next round where they will face AS Roma. In addition, in Liga Santander, FC Barcelona received Athletic Bilbao this Sunday and La Pulga scored a goal in a vital 2-0 victory for his team.

Cristiano Ronaldo played one game this week, a Liga Santander match against Girona where the Portuguese international scored 4 goals and added an assist in a 6-3 win against Girona.

Here are the statistics of the two players after Week #11 of the year 2018:

Player Games Goals Assists Trophies won
Lionel Messi 18 16 9 0
Cristiano Ronaldo 14 21 5 0
TOTAL Messi by 4 Ronaldo by 5 Messi by 4 Tie

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Ballon d’Or/Golden Ball 2018 – Lionel Messi vs. Cristiano Ronaldo (Week #10)

A rather quiet week for Lionel Messi who had only one game to play, but who forfeited to be at the side of his wife who gave birth to their third child.  Despite the absence of Argentinian genius, FC Barcelona won 2-0 against the worst– and soon to be relegated – team of La Liga Santander, at Malaga on Saturday.  Quietly, the Catalans are headed into a 25th title Spanish Championship title.

Cristiano Ronaldo has been busier and more productive this week.  The shock tie against Paris Saint-Germain FC allowed him to score a vital away goal for his club and earned Real Madrid CF a 2-1 victory to punch their ticket for the quarter-finals of the Champions League.  Moreover, in La Liga Santander, CR7 scored the two goals of his team in a 2-1 win at Eibar, on Saturday as well.

Here are the statistics of the two players after Week #10 of the year 2018:

Player Games Goals Assists Trophies won
Lionel Messi 16 13 8 0
Cristiano Ronaldo 12 17 3 0
TOTAL Messi by 4 Ronaldo by 4 Messi by 5
Tie

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Ballon d’Or/Golden Ball 2018 – Lionel Messi vs. Cristiano Ronaldo (Week #9)

Lionel Messi played two Liga games this week.  In midweek, la Pulga curled another beautiful free kick, away at Las Palmas, but FC Barcelona could not do better than 1-1.  This Sunday, it was a clash between the two best Spanish teams of the moment, at the Camp Nou, the Blaugranas and Atlético de Madrid.  The Catalans came out victorious with a 1-0 win thanks to superb free kick from Lionel Messi.  FC Barcelona is ahead of Atlético by eight points in La Liga and is still unbeaten this season (21 wins, 6 ties after 27 games and has not been beaten in 34 games dating back from last season).

Cristiano Ronaldo did not take part in the defeat of his club against Espanyol in Barcelona, 1-0, but played against Getafe on Saturday, at home, and scored two goals for los Merengues in a 3-1 victory.

Here are the statistics of the two players after Week #9 of the year 2018:

Player Games Goals Assists Trophies won
Lionel Messi 16 13 8 0
Cristiano Ronaldo 10 14 2 0
TOTAL Messi by 6 Ronaldo by 1 Messi by 6 Tie

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Ballon d’Or/Golden Ball 2018 – Lionel Messi vs. Cristiano Ronaldo (Week #8)

Une semaine de football chargée pour les deux joueurs favoris pour le Ballon d’Or 2018.

Lionel Messi a goûté à la Ligue des Champions la semaine dernière face à Chelsea FC, à Stamford Bridge, le brillant petit lutin a marqué le seul but de son club dans un match nhl de 1-1. Samedi, Le FC Barcelone a affronté Girona, dans un derby local, ou ils l’ont emporté par la marque de 6-1 avec deux buts et une passe décisive de Lionel Messi qui continue de régner dans la Liga Santander.  Luis Suarez fut la grande vedette de ce match avec trois buts et deux passes décisives.

De son côté, Cristiano Ronaldo n’a joué qu’une seule partie cette semaine, un match de championnat contre le Deportivo Alavés il a marqué deux buts.  Plus tôt dans la semaine, le Real Madrid avait affronté Leganes, à l’extérieur, et a remporté le match 3-1, mais CR7 avait été laissé de côté pour ce match.

Voici les statistiques des deux joueurs après huit semaines de football en 2018 :

Player Games Goals Assists Trophies won
Lionel Messi 14 11 8 0
Cristiano Ronaldo 9 12 2 0
TOTAL Messi by 5 Ronaldo by 1 Messi by 6 Tie

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Ballon d’Or/Golden Ball 2018 – Lionel Messi vs. Cristiano Ronaldo (Week #7)

Ballon d’Or/Golden Ball 2018 – Lionel Messi vs. Cristiano Ronaldo (Week #7)

Lionel Messi played just one game this week, a Liga game against Eibar, and managed to collect an assist in a 2-0 victory for FC Barcelona.

In contrast, Cristiano Ronaldo was busier with two games.  The first involving a Champions’ League tie against Paris Saint-Germain FC at the Santiago Bernabeu, with the Portuguese international scoring two goals for Los Merengues.  The second game, a Liga match, at Real Betis and Real Madrid CF collecting the three points with a 5-2 victory and CR7 with one goal.

FC Barcelona is still on top of the Liga, 17 points ahead of their arch-rivals.

Here are the statistics between the two players after week #7 of 2018:

Player Games Goals Assists Trophies won
Lionel Messi 12 8 7 0
Cristiano Ronaldo 8 10 2 0
TOTAL Messi by 4 Ronaldo by 2 Messi by 5 Tie

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Ballon d’Or/Golden Ball 2018 – Lionel Messi vs. Cristiano Ronaldo (Week #6)

Lionel Messi played two games this week.  In midweek, at Valencia, for the 2nd leg of la Copa del Rey semifinal.  Despite not registering a point, FC Barcelona went on to win the game 2-0 (3-0 on aggregate) and moved on to the final of the competition in which they will face Sevilla FC.  La Pulga also against played in a 0-0 draw, at home, versus Getafe today.  Blanked on the scoresheet, but always dangerous.

Cristiano Ronaldo played only one game this week and it was yesterday, a Liga game, versus Real Sociedad and he had quite a game, registering 3 goals and 1 assist.  Real Madrid CF is still 17 points behind FC Barcelona in the competition, with one game in hand.  Los Blancos are scheduled to feature in the Champions League this Tuesday against Neymar Jr’s Paris Saint-Germain.  It may be Madrid’s only chance to win any trophies this year.

Here are the statistics between the two players after week #6 of 2018:

Player Games Goals Assists Trophies won
Lionel Messi 11 8 6 0
Cristiano Ronaldo 6 7 2 0
TOTAL Messi by 5 Messi by 1 Messi by 4 Tie

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Ballon d’Or/Golden Ball 2018 – Lionel Messi vs. Cristiano Ronaldo (Week #5)

Lionel Messi had an assist on Luis Suarez’s midweek goal against Valencia FC in the first leg of the Spanish Cup semi-final at the Camp Nou. In addition, at Espanyol’s for the local derby, la Pulga added an another assist after coming on as a substitute in the second half in a 1-1 draw.

For Cristiano Ronaldo, only one game played during the week, that of Saturday against modest Levante and despite several opportunities to score, the Portuguese international has, once again, been off of the scoresheet.

Recall that Real Madrid was eliminated from the Spanish Cup and is currently sitting 19 points behind the current La Liga leader, FC Barcelona.

Here are the statistics after week #5:

Player Games Goals Assists Trophies won
Lionel Messi 9 8 6 0
Cristiano Ronaldo 5 4 1 0
TOTAL Messi by 4 Messi by 4 Messi by 5 Tie

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Ballon d’or/Golden Ball 2017 – Lionel Messi vs. Cristiano Ronaldo (Week 23)

The season 2016-17 is officially over with Real Madrid CF lifting the Champions League trophy for a second year in a row.  Cristiano Ronaldo added to his yearly tally with two goals during this final and leapfrogged Lionel Messi as the best scorer of this season’s edition of the Champions League with 12 goals.

Both players were also on international duty last week with Ronaldo scoring a brace to lead Portugal to a 3-0 win versus Latvia in UEFA World Cup qualifier while Messi was kept off the score-sheet during a friendly match won by Argentina versus arch-rivals Brazil in Melbourne, Australia.

After 23 weeks into 2017, the statistics between the two giants of football look like this and Ronaldo is coming back:

Lionel Messi Cristiano Ronaldo
Games 34 30
Goals 32 31
Assists 8 7
Trophies 2
(Copa del Rey, European Golden Shoe)
2
(La Liga Santander, UEFA Champions League)

Ballon d’Or (Golden Ball) France Football 2016 – The Case for Lionel Messi

Last week, Cristiano Ronaldo was crowned winner of the Ballon d’Or 2016 (the fourth of his career) ahead of Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann. While I congratulate the Portuguese winger for his success, I do not agree with the decision and I would like either a reform of the trophy or simply put, a repeal of it. And there are several reasons why.

Earlier this year, France Football (a French football magazine whom created the trophy and distributed it for decades) and FIFA parted ways with the gala and the trophy, which meant full control of the criterias by the magazine and the hope that we would have more winners and more diversity. Well, it seems like France Football picked up exactly where FIFA left off and awarded the Ballon d’Or to a player who is very good, with great statistics, four trophies won, but ultimately was not the best player in 2016, in my opinion.

I even doubt that he was he second best, even third best (Antoine Griezmann and Luis Suarez could have been in front of him in 2016). I have ranked Lionel Andrès Messi first because of his complete performance (with club and country) from January 1st to the end date of the voting (November 27th). Goals, assists, chances created, trophies won and runner-up, Messi was, once again, in a league of his own.

While CR7 has been very good as mentioned, created his share of chances and won several important trophies during the year, he was also helped by his teammates while struggling to make an impression on the big stage (UEFA Champions League and European Championship finals) or being absent (UEFA SuperCup). Real Madrid CF won the Champions League final against Atlético Madrid FC on penalties where Ronaldo was invisible the whole game. He eventually dispatched of the winning penalty (only Juanfran from Atlético missed his during the penalty kicks).

Ronaldo didn’t have a great European Championship, missing several scoring chances, missing an important penalty versus Iceland if I recall with his country barely qualifying for the round of 16 in a group where they were largely favourites to win and featuring a mere twenty minutes in the final. His attitude during the whole tournament was unworthy of a “superstar” like him as well. The man of the tournament was French striker Antoine Griezmann.

Lionel Messi won the domestic double (LaLiga BBVA and the Spanish Cup). He was eliminated in the quarterfinals by Atlético de Madrid FC in the UEFA Champions League, but led Argentina to the Copa America Centenario final lost on penalties to Chile for the second year in a row. Messi, having a superb tournament, missed his penalty kick during the shootout session.

In his return to Europe, him and FC Barcelona lifted the Spanish SuperCup versus Sevilla FC, adding a third domestic trophy to his cabinet for the year. His statistics were excellent through the year as you can regularly see in my blog. He outscored, “outassisted” by 16 assists, Cristiano Ronaldo. He created more chances and showed (as usual) more team spirit and more engagement than the Portuguese international.

All this leads me to ask…what is the Ballon d’Or’s purpose? Do we reward the best player of the calendar year? Of the season? Is it a popularity contest? Do we simply attribute the trophy based on winning the FIFA World Cup, Champions League and/or the European Championship despite not being the best player of the tournament or even the team (Nani, Pepe, a Champions League winner as well this year, Ricardo Quaresma, Rui Patricio and others were excellent and clutch during the tournament for La Seleção and let’s not forget Lille player Eder who put the nail in the coffin to clinch the title)?

Last, but not least, it may not be a good idea to hand out a trophy right in the middle of a season. After all, trophies are given at the end generally.