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POLL: Ballon d’Or Winner 2014

The winner of the 2014 Ballon d’Or will be announced this evening in an event held in Zurich.

Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi or Manuel Neuer will pick up the most prestigious prize available to a football player.

Ronaldo won the award last year, with Messi winning the four previous years.

No goalkeeper has ever been named the winner of the Ballon d’Or/FIFA World Player of the year award in its history so a Neuer victory would be extra special.

2014 was another astonishing year for Ronaldo

Ronaldo is the favourite to win following yet another astonishing year for the Real Madrid attacker.

Ronaldo scores an unbelievable 52 goals in just 43 games last season as he helped lead Madrid to a record-breaking 10th Champions League title.

He is now also Madrid’s most prolific goal scorer away from home, with 88 goals in total. Ronaldo is by far the best outfield player in the world right now.

Ronaldo’s arch rival, Messi, endured a miserable 2014 in all honesty but still managed to score 49 goals in 53 games for Barcelona, along with 17 assists.

Despite not winning a single trophy last year, Messi was able to beat the all-time La Liga scoring record of 251 goals.

The lack of success with Barcelona and with Argentina at the World Cup will most likely mean that Messi won’t win the award tonight.

The third challenger, Neuer, is up for the award after becoming arguably the world’s best goalkeeper last year.

Neuer was incredible between the posts

The 28-year-oldĀ  kept 24 clean sheets in 44 games for Bayern Munich, making 98 saves in the process, as they went on to win the League and Cup double.

Neuer also exceeded at the ‘sweeper’ role for Germany at the World Cup, arguably saving their campaign on a number of occasions by rushing out of his box to clear the ball from strikers.

There were a number of times I thought that Germany were about to concede when all of sudden you would see Neuer running 20 or 30 yards to beat the striker to the ball.

It is very rare for a keeper to take up this role in modern football but such is the quality of Neuer, he has been brilliant at doing so.

Neuer conceded just 4 goals throughout Germany’s World Cup campaign, which considering the amount of goals that were scored in Brazil, is a great achievement.

Personally I would love for Neuer to win the Ballon d’Or. He has been the most successful player, for both club and country, and it would prove that a goalkeeper is just as important as a striker in football.

That’s just my opinion though.. what are your thoughts? Take the poll below and let me know!

 

 

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