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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

Stay tuned…

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Ligue des Champions/Champions’ League – Huitième de finale aller

D’excellents matchs attendent les partisans de football au cours des prochaines semaines. Du Real Madrid contre le Paris Saint-Germain, de la Juventus FC face à Tottenham Hotspurs et sans parler du FC Barcelone contre Chelsea FC.

De belles parties en perspectives, et celui qui retient le plus l’attention est évidemment le duel entre les deux capitales nationales de l’Espagne et de la France. Deux clubs richissimes en euros comptant des joueurs vedettes à la tonne tels que Cristiano Ronaldo et Neymar Jr.

Le Real Madrid, double champion d’Europe en titre, connait une saison difficile à tous les points de vue alors que le Paris Saint-Germain est dominant aussi bien au niveau national qu’européen. De plus, avec l’ajout de Neymar Jr. et Kylian Mbappé Lottin, il y a un sentiment comme quoi le club de la capitale française peut (enfin) passer le cap des quarts de finale de la compétition et même remporter le trophée. Nous sommes encore loin de ce scénario, mais une chose semble certaine, les Parisiens voudront éviter à tout prix ce qui est arrivée il y a un an contre le FC Barcelone et la fameuse « remuntada » du 6-1 au Camp Nou. Prédiction?

Le Paris Saint-Germain passe au prochain tour.

Le FC Barcelone, encore invaincu cette saison en Liga, devra se méfier de Chelsea qui généralement lui donner du fil à retordre en Ligue des Champions (2000, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2012). Je ne parlerai pas de bête noire, mais c’est toujours difficile pour les Blaugranas de s’imposer contre cette équipe. Cependant, vu la forme actuelle inquiétante des hommes d’Antonio Conte, je ne vois pas le club londonien battre la machine catalane.

Victoire du Barça.

Pour le reste, ce seront des matchs intéressants, mais avec peu de surprises. Manchester United FC, Liverpool FC, Manchester City FC du côté anglais devraient passer. Le Bayern de Munich également chez les Allemands. Je verrai bien Tottenham Hotspurs causer la surprise contre une Juventus expérimentée, mais qui commence à se faire « vieux ». Finalement, dans un match difficile à prédire, je prévois une victoire de l’AS Roma contre le FC Shakhtar Donetsk.

À suivre!

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

Stay tuned…

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

Stay tuned…

Ballon d’Or 2018 – Lionel Messi vs. Cristiano Ronaldo (Week #1-4)

A new year and a new chance to see who will win the Ballon d’Or.  In 2017, Cristiano Ronaldo won his fifth trophy, equaling Lionel Messi in the process.

Who will win this year?  We will have a weekly look at the statistics and trophies won by the two best players on the planet as we speak.

Player Games Goals Assists Trophies won
Lionel Messi 7 8  4 0
Cristiano Ronaldo 4 4  1 0
TOTAL  Messi by 3  Messi by 4  Messi by 3  Tie

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)

FIFA World Cup 2018 – Who Will Win It?

One year away.  We are one year away from the beginning of the most popular competition in the world of sports, the FIFA World Cup.  It seems like yesterday witnessing Germany beat Brazil 7-1 at the Maracana Stadium, in Rio de Janeiro, in 2014 in front of their home fans.  This match shook the world.

It also seemed like a recent memory looking at Lionel Messi, after Argentina lost in extra-time to those same Germans 1-0, dejected after accepting the Golden Ball award for the best player of the competition.

Qualifications are still underway and we still may be surprised if some teams can qualify or not for this World Cup, which will host for first time 48 countries instead of 32.

Argentina, for example, is currently in big trouble, being fifth in the standings and with Lionel Messi still has to serve three of a four match ban imposed by FIFA (La Pulga and Argentina Futbol Association have appealed the decision and will meet with FIFA during the summer to reduce the suspension).

European nations have won the World Cup three times in a row now starting with Italy in 2006.  Spain followed in 2010 and Germany in 2014.  In the history of the game, it would generally be one European country followed by one South America side.  After all, Brazil has five stars on their shirt, Argentina and Uruguay 2 each, making it 9 Word Cups in total.

My money is on a South American country to win it all next summer and despite the fact that Brazil has been the first country to earn its ticket to the big dance along with already qualified Russia, my prediction is the following:

Argentina, led by Lionel Messi, raises its third World Cup and the FC Barcelona genius cements his status as probably the best player to ever grace a football pitch.

Stay tuned…