Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Messi To Win Ballon d'Or?

Barcelona's Lionel Messi celebrates his second goal against Zaragoza during their Spanish first division soccer match at La Romareda stadium in Zaragoza, October 23, 2010. REUTERS/Albert Gea (SPAIN - Tags: SPORT SOCCER IMAGES OF THE DAY)
Will the Argentine be celebrating his second Ballon d'Or?
Having put up a poll some time ago regarding who will win the Ballon d'Or, I've decided to do a little update on what the results are so far. If you haven't voted yet, don't worry! The poll will be up until December 6th, when FIFA announce the winner of the award, so make sure to vote on the right sidebar for who you think will win the Ballon d'Or.

Right now Lionel Messi is sweeping up the competition in our poll, with almost about 27% of the votes going his way! In the first couple of days, there were many votes for Cristiano Ronaldo, but now the tide has slowly evened out to Messi.

Behind Messi is Cristiano Ronaldo with about 20% of the votes. I don't think he's going to win it this year, especially because of his mediocre performance in the World Cup.

And following the two wingers we have Wesley Sneijder, with about 15% of the votes. I think that the Dutch midfielder is the worthy winner for this year's award, having guided Inter to the treble, and then he helped the Netherlands all the way to the World Cup final! In my opinion Sneijder deserves the award.

Bayern Munich's injured Arjen Robben sits on the bench during a friendly soccer match against a selection of winter Olympic sport stars in the Allianz Arena in Munich August 8, 2010. Robben was selected as Germany's best soccer player of the last soccer season. REUTERS/Michaela Rehle (GERMANY - Tags: SPORT SOCCER HEADSHOT)
Arjen isn't happy...
But what has surprised me the most about this poll is the fact that David Villa is last! The Spanish striker who was the key goalscorer for Spain in their World Cup is last in the poll! I truly can't believe it, I expected many more votes for him. And another underachieving player in the poll is Arjen Robben. This Dutch player helped Bayern win the domestic league and cup, and then he took them to the Champions League final where he lost to Wesley Sneijder's team, Inter Milan. Robben also had a fantastic World Cup, scoring plenty of important goals to help take the Netherlands to the final where they lost to Spain.

So I hope you vote in the poll if you haven't already, and here's a funny little blog that I'm running as a little project, it's Poetry about soccer. It's titled Poetry Wrap Up because I couldn't think of a better name, and so far I've done a little haiku about soccer, along with two poems about Barcelona and Real Madrid. So if you're an artistically inclined fan of the beautiful game, or you've got some time to burn, check out Poetry Wrap Up for soccer poems.

And a last random link/video for you to check out! Watch this video below showing the latest Brazilian samba move called, "The Broken Step". It's half elastico, half chop, but to understand it you should see it yourself.


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