The bitter taste of silver and bronze
As we all expected, Cristiano Ronaldo won last Monday, 12 from January, the Ballon d'Or which accredits him as the best player in the world in the year 2014. It seemed impossible that the Lusitanian would not win the award, after breaking the record for goals scored in a season with 61 targets and win the Champions, Copa del Rey, and the Club World Cup with Real Madrid. No matter who he competed with, the “7” merengue had the merits to win it, just as it happened.
On the sidewalk in front, Lionel Messi and Manuel Neuer were left with 15,76% Y 15, 17%, respectively. For the Argentine it was not a good year. Beyond playing the World Cup final and having been chosen as the best player in the World Cup, Barcelona's "10" did not dazzle as usual. Many were the rumors that Messi was out of form, and his strange and repetitive vomiting inconvenience added to the bustle.
Although the Rosario scored 41 goals last season, was overshadowed by the great season of Real Madrid and Cristiano Ronaldo, besides that it was a blank year for Barcelona, and he could not get rid of the ghost of Maradona by lifting the World Cup. For messi, it was a gray year, and the bitter taste of the Silver Ball is the last thrust of a year that you will not want to remember.
Finally, Manuel Neuer, the best goalkeeper today, could not accomplish the feat that his colleague once accomplished under the three posts in 1963: Lev Yashin. The German was a guarantee in the goal for his team to win the World Cup, and nobody doubts that he is the best goalkeeper, but in the end, the goals remain in the memory, not so the covered ones that are easily forgotten. Y, Finally, like messi, Neuer was another victim of Cristiano Ronaldo and his devastating scoring record, so he had to settle for a bitter bronze ball.