When you talk about individual awards in Football, the first name that comes to mind is Ballon d’Or. Some of the best players from the top 5 leagues in Europe compete with each other to get hold of the golden ball. No other award is as decorated as this one.
Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have shared last 10 Ballon d’Ors between them with each of them winning the Prestigious accolade a record 5 times. The last player to lift the Golden ball is Ronaldo. With a deadly goal scoring form, the talisman helped Real Madrid win the European as well as the league trophy. Champions league glory and La Liga triumph last season made sure the Portuguese win the most coveted award.
Despite winning Ballon d’Or a record 5 times, the Portuguese has room for more. Ronaldo is once again roaring high this season with a bag full of brilliant performances. During the process of taking Real Madrid to 3rd consecutive Champions league final, the Portuguese has scored 15 goals and assisted 3 more.
An average first half in the the league was more than enough for his haters to criticize him. But the Ronaldo bounced back in the second half as the five-time Ballon d’Or winner ended the season with 26 goals and 5 assists in La Liga. Despite a slow start in the league, the Portuguese still managed to finish as second top scorer in Spanish league. The 33-year old also broke and created a number of records in Spain as well as in Europe.
Ronaldo is currently leading the Ballon d’Or race but things don’t remain the same, it changes. Despite a bigger chance of the Portuguese claiming it, he might end up empty handed.
Let us look at 4 instances that could stop Ronaldo from lifting the 6th Ballon d’Or.
4. The “Mohamed Salah” factor
During these last 10 years many players have tried and failed to break the dominance that the two have when it comes to Ballon d’Or. However, Mohamed Salah has a better chance to break this ‘Duopoly’.
Mohamed Salah had a great debut season with Liverpool as the Egyptian went on to win the Golden Boot after finding the net on 32 occasions in Premier league. On the way of winning golden boot the Liverpool forward broke the record for most goals in a season, previously held by Cristiano Ronaldo(31), Luis Suarez(31) and Alan Shearer(31).
The former Roma star is one of the reasons behind Liverpool’s successful run in the Champions league as the Reds’ booked their place in the final to fight for a chance to get their hands on the European Trophy.
As we have already read in this article, Champions league trophy plays a great role in determining the winner of the Golden ball. If Salah helps his team in defeating Real Madrid in the final, then the Egyptian will have a fair chance at claiming the Best player award. This could be a big blow for Ronaldo as the Portuguese not only fails to lift the UCL but also his dream of winning Ballon d’Or breaks into pieces.