Despite a very poor FIFA World Cup campaign in Brazil 2014, Portugal and Real Madrid superstar footballer Cristiano Ronaldo for the third time and second consecutive year bagged the Ballon d’Or Award. The reason for his success is attributed not his success with his national team but for his club side Real Madrid. In the last twelve months he has been prolific with the Galacticos. He had scored 56 goals in 51 club games, and notable feat among these goals are 17 of them were in Real’s Champions league triumph campaign – a statistics that is bound to make his ardent fans curious and wonder what happens when Ronaldo plays for the national team and why his goals simply dry up?
Ronaldo was chosen for the award by a poll of journalists, international coaches and captains for the second year running and is now within one win of equaling rival Lionel Messi’s four awards. The Portuguese star incidentally first won the Ballon d’Or in 2008, two years before it was merged with FIFA’s World Player of the Year award to become the FIFA Ballon d’Or.
When the votes were counted Ronaldo received 37.66 per cent of all votes, while Barcelona’s Messi just pipped Manuel Neuer to second place, with 15.76 per cent compared to 15.72 per cent for Germany’s World Cup-winning goalkeeper.
Ronaldo indicated that he is hungry and keen to be on par with Messi soon. So the intense Messi vs Ronaldo duel will be seen again in 2015. And won’t it be a treat for football lovers ?