Golden Shoe: No one comes close to Cristiano Ronaldo & Messi

La Liga‘s top scorers are once again competing against each other for the award, since no other player can match their goal scoring ability.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi continue their dispute over any individual award there is. This time, both La Liga strikers were revealed as the front runners to win this year’s Golden Shoe. This will be the sixth consecutive year either player will take the trophy home, with Diego Forlán being the last striker to win the award prior to Messi and CR7 dominating the ranking.

Each league is assigned a difficulty number from zero to two, which is multiplied by the total amount of goals a player scores in his domestic league. With Ronaldo and Messi playing in La Liga, their goal scoring totals are multiplied by 2. Right now, the Portuguese striker leads the pack with 78 points, followed closely by Messi with 72.

Here you have the 2014/15 Golden Shoe’s top ten ranking

Antoine Griezmann completes the podium with 44 points. During his first season with Atletico, the Frenchman has established himself as Los Colchoneros’ go-to guy, particularly since the year 2015 began. Griezmann has scored 16 goals so far this year, making him the second most prolific scorer behind Messi. The only team in the world to have two strikers among the top ten is Barcelona, having Neymar tied with Alexander Meier and Diego Costa with 38 points.

Whoever wins between Messi and Ronaldo will be establishing a new record. Both players have won it three times, and with the closest opponent trailing them by 34 and 28 points respectively, these has turned into a two-horse race.

Here’s the list of winners for the past ten years

Cristiano Ronaldo nominated for Laureus sportsman award of the Year

Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo will once again bid to become the first team player to win the individual World Sportsman of the Year Award but he will face still competition from a glittering collection of world’s greatest sports stars, who have been nominated for the 2015 Laureus World Sports Awards, in Shanghai on.

Ronaldo will be up against some ferocious opposition from stars such as Lewis Hamilton, Rory McIlroy, Novak Djokovic — to name a few — when the winner is named in a glittering ceremony here on April 15.

Ronaldo was beaten by Sebastian Vettel last year but this time he faces UK pair Lewis Hamilton and Rory McIlroy, tennis world No.1 Novak Djokovic, Spain’s World MotoGP champion Marc Marquez and Renaud Lavillenie, the French pole vaulter who broke Sergey Bubka’s 21-year-old world record.

The Nominations, six in each category, have set up some eye-catching confrontations. None more so than for the Laureus Team of the Year Award, where the short-list has produced the ultimate football showdown: the German World Cup Team v Real Madrid, winners of a tenth Champions League.

The impact of the FIFA World Cup is also felt in the Laureus World Breakthrough of the Year category where Germany’s Mario Gotze, who scored the winning goal in the final, and Colombia’s James Rodriguez, winner of the Golden Boot as leading scorer, are both nominated.

Although not picked for an individual Award, record four-time Laureus winner Roger Federer receives two Nominations for the part he played, along with Stan Wawrinka, in the first ever success by the Swiss Davis Cup Team, who are short-listed for both Team of the Year and Breakthrough of the Year. Serena Williams, nominated for Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year, will be hoping for her record-equalling fourth Laureus Award, but she is challenged by the emotional appeal of China’s Li Na, who won her second Grand Slam in 2014, but had to retire later in the year. Among the other Nominees in this category are Winter Olympic gold medallists Tina Maze and Marit Bj Rgen.

Wheelchair racer Tatyana McFadden, who won the marathon Grand Slam of Boston, Chicago, London and New York for the second straight year, will be hoping to win the Laureus World Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability Award after missing out last year.

This time, in a very strong category, her opponents include Roman Petushkov, the first athlete to win six gold medals at the Winter Paralympics and Anna Schaffelhuber, who won all five Alpine gold medals at Sochi.

Nominees for Laureus World Comeback of the Year include Schalk Burger, who returned to South African rugby after beating life-threatening meningitis and Italian footballer Francesco Acerbi who beat testicular cancer.

Australia’s Stephanie Gilmore, six-time world surfing champion, will be bidding to win her second Laureus Action Sportsperson of the Year Award. Her opposition includes Gabriel Medina, Brazil’s first ever men’s surfing world champion, and American skateboard sensation Nyjah Huston.

Cristiano Ronaldo wins FIFA Player of the Year for the 3rd time

Cristiano Ronaldo won the FIFA Ballon d’Or award for 2014 on Monday, earning the title of world’s best football player for a third time.

He easily beat four-time winner Lionel Messi and Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer in a vote of national team captains and coaches from FIFA’s 209 member countries, plus selected journalists. Cristiano Ronaldo received 37.66% of all votes ahead of Lionel Messi (15.76%) & Manuel Neuer (15.72%).

Ronaldo retained football’s highest individual honor after scoring 61 goals for Real Madrid and Portugal last year. His record tally of 17 in a Champions League season helped his club win an unprecedented 10th European Cup title — and overshadowed a relatively disappointing World Cup campaign.

Ronaldo was more composed for this widely expected victory than during his tearful speech one year ago when ending Messi’s four-year reign. He first won the award for 2008 as a Manchester United player.

On hearing his name read out by French great Thierry Henry, Ronaldo closed his eyes, dipped his head and smiled before walking to the stage.

It has been an unforgettable year,” Ronaldo said after taking a deep breath.

“I can see my mother, my family. I would like to thank all those who voted for me, my coach, my fellow player, the President of my club. He added

To win this trophy, a trophy of this kind, is something unique and all I can say is I want to continue working as I have so far, trying to go on to more titles – individual and as a team – for my mother, my father who is up there looking at there any my son.

“I want to get better as the days go by. I want to say to all the Portuguese that I never thought I could win this trophy on three different occasions. Of course it is something that is always with me, I want to become one of the greatest players of all time, and this requires a lot so I would like to thank you for all this evening.”

Germany midfielder, Nadine Kessler, claimed her first-ever FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year award. Germany coach, Joachim Löw, and compatriot Ralf Kellermann, coach of VfL Wolfsburg Ladies, were named as FIFA World Coaches of the Year for Men’s and Women’s Football, respectively. The winners were chosen by the coaches and captains of national teams as well as by international media representatives invited by FIFA and France Football.

International players’ union FIFPro also invited 24,000 professional players from around the world to vote for the FIFA FIFPro World XI, the best team of 2014, with the following result: Manuel Neuer (Germany) in goal; David Luiz (Brazil), Philipp Lahm (Germany), Sergio Ramos (Spain) and Thiago Silva (Brazil) in defence; Ángel Di María (Argentina), Andrés Iniesta (Spain) and Toni Kroos (Germany) in midfield; and Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal), Lionel Messi (Argentina) and Arjen Robben (Netherlands) in attack.

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Cristiano Ronaldo voted Europe’s top Footballer

Portuguese football phenomenon Cristiano Ronaldo was voted by European sports reporters Europe’s best football player for the second year in a row.

The results of the survey, carried out by Uruguay‘s El Pais daily and released on Tuesday, showed 89 of the 144 reporters queried named the Real Madrid forward as the region’s top player.

German goalie Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich) and Argentina’s Lionel Messi (Barcelona) came in distant second and third places, with 19 and 16 votes, respectively.

Ronaldo ”was again the grand star (of Real Madrid), winning the coveted Champions League title for the tenth time,” the daily said.

Ronaldo also leads the Spanish League’s 2014-2015 season scoring table with a total of 25 goals, the daily added.

In other categories, the title of Europe’s best coach went to Argentina’s Diego Simeone, who coached Atletico Madrid to win the Spanish League’s 2013-2014 season and the Champions League final of the Union of European Football Federations (UEFA).

Simeone, who garnered 68 votes, is the first non-European coach to win the prize since the survey was first carried out in 1991.

Cristiano Ronaldo wins best player at 2014 Globe Soccer Awards

Cristiano Ronaldo added yet another gong to his ever-enlarging trophy cabinet on Monday as he won the best player of the year at the Globe Soccer awards in Dubai.

Real Madrid were the big winners at the sixth edition of the awards, with Los Blancos named club of the year, Florentino Perez best president of the year, Carlo Ancelotti best coach of the year, and James Rodriguez named revelation of the year.

I hope that it’s a good sign [for the Ballon d’Or], but I’m not worried about that. The people who vote already have. I just feel happy it’s one more trophy for my dedication and hard work. I want to say thank you to the people at Real Madrid, the players, the coach. We had a fantastic season, we won four trophies and we’re one of the best sides in the world. To win this award is a great pleasure, I am very proud.

Ronaldo is nominated alongside Manuel Neuer and Lionel Messi for the Ballon d’Or—which will be awarded in Zurich on Jan. 12, 2015—after a year which included a second Champions League victory for the 29-year-old.

He broke the record for most goals scored during a European Cup campaign, scoring 17 times in 11 matches, and he has already netted 25 times in 14 La Liga appearances this term.

Ronaldo had previously won the Globe Soccer best player of the year award in 2011 and 2013.

In Pictures: Globe Soccer Awards 2014

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Cristiano Ronaldo Honoured With His Homeland’s Highest Honor And A Statue

Less than twenty-four after his side won its fourth trophy of 2014, Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo returned to his place of birth in the region of Madeira – an archipelago which is one of two autonomous regions of Portugal – to be presented with the “Cordão Autonomy” and a statue in his likeness by the Legislative Assembly.

After helping Madrid win its first-ever FIFA Club World Cup title, Ronaldo and his son made the four-and-a-half hour plane flight from Morocco to his birthplace in Madeira in order to personally receive the region’s highest honor.

Ronaldo was born in Santo António (a civil parish in the northeastern part of Funchal, the capital of Madeira), which is the most populated city outside of the mainland of Portugal. Santo António is also home to the Museu CR7, which is a museum dedicated to the achievements of the Portuguese winger.

The Portugal international arrived at the Sea Square around noontime where an 8-ft tall, 1,800pound statue in his likeness was unveiled in front of hundreds of people.

Ronaldo signed autographs and posed for pictures with the locals before making a brief speech to the gathering.

It is an honor to be back in Madeira, where I grew up and I have my roots and my family,” the Real Madrid forward said. “This is something that has a very special meaning to me, and it is a huge privilege to be here with the Madeiran people.

Ronaldo’s mother was also present at the ceremony and was visibly moved by the proceedings and the player himself acknowledged that the tribute had touched him deeply.

I hope that 2015 will be just as good as 2014 and we can win everything we have won this year,” Ronaldo concluded. “Especially the Champions League.”

“Thank you for this important and historic moment. I will hold it in a special place in my life.”

“Thanks to all who have helped me. It gives me motivation to achieve more and more in my career. It is a special day.”

Ronaldo will now have a few days to rest before he links up with his teammates prior to Real Madrid’s final match of 2014 – a friendly against Italian giants AC Milan on December 30th in Dubai.

Cristiano Ronaldo named Best Portuguese Player of the Century

Cristiano Ronaldo has been named for the Best Portuguese Player of the Century award by the Portuguese Football Federation (FPF).

The FPF will celebrate their 100th anniversary in an event on January 14th at Estoril, and they will hand different prizes for the most outstanding football personalities of their history.

The candidates for the best player award are Ronaldo, Benfica’s legend Eusebio and former Real Madrid midfielder Luis Figo.

The winner will be decided by the fans, who will vote through the FPF’s official website.

Ronaldo has also been nominated to be included in the Best 11 of the Century, the Best 11 of All-Time and the Best Contemporary 11.

Los Blancos striker is favourite to win all individual awards this year, including the Ballon d’Or. Even Barcelona fans such as former Azulgranas player Jonathan Soriano recognise Ronaldo should win the award.

“For what he did during last season, the Ballon d’Or should be for Ronaldo. Manuel Neuer is an excellent goalkeeper, but what Cristiano has done is spectacular. As the most complete player I would pick Messi, but Ronaldo deserves to win this year,” the Spanish striker said.

Cristiano Ronaldo receives the 2013 World’s Top Goalscorer Award from the IFFHS

The Portuguese striker received the award for his goals in European competitions with his club and with his National Team.

Before FIFA gives away this year’s Ballon D’Or, Cristiano Ronaldo received yet another award for his goal scoring capabilites. The Portuguese superstar received the 2013 World’s Top Goalscorer trophy, awarded by the International Federation of Football History and Statistics (IFFHS).

According to Real Madrid‘s website, CR7 scored 15 goals for Real Madrid in the Champions League and 10 for Portugal during 2013. Taking all competitions into account, he racked up 69 goals, his best goalscoring return in a calendar year up until now.

This season, Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 20 goals in La Liga, adding up to his total four goals in the current UEFA Champions League edition.

 

Neuer joins Ronaldo and Messi on Ballon D’Or shortlist

The rivalry between Barcelona forward, Lionel Messi and Real Madrid’s hit man Cristiano Ronaldo will be carried once again to FIFA’s Ballon d’Or award as the duo alongside German goalkeeper Manuel Neuer have been shortlisted for the prestigious award.

World soccer governing body, FIFA and France football yesterday released the three-man shortlist for the 2014 award.

Ronaldo, 29, could win the prestigious individual award for a third time after lifting the trophy in 2008 and 2013.

Ronaldo played a key role in Madrid’s successful Champions League campaign last season, scoring 17 goals to set a new record for most goals scored in the competition in one season.

Barcelona star Messi, meanwhile, is in contention to scoop the accolade for a record fifth time, and has hit top form in recent weeks to add weight to his case.

The 27-year-old attacker did not win any major trophies with Barcelona in 2014, but enjoyed a successful season on a personal level as he became both La Liga and Champions League all-time top scorer in November.

Neuer, finally, makes the three-man shortlist for the first time in his career and could become the first goalkeeper since Lev Yashin in 1963 to be voted the world’s best footballer.

The 28-year-old won the Bundesliga title and DFB Pokal with Bayern Munich, before crowning a superb year by winning the World Cup with Germany.

FIFA and France Football will announce the winner on January 12 at the Fifa Ballon d’Or Gala.

…As Ancelotti, Simeone, Low fight for World Coach of the Year

FIFA and France Football have announced that Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti, Atletico Madrid’s Diego Simeone and Germany boss Joachim Low will contest the 2014 World Coach of the Year award.

Ancelotti guided Madrid to their 10th European Cup success in his first season at the Santiago Bernabeu, while also steering them to Copa del Rey glory.

Simeone was a key factor in Atletico’s first La Liga win since 1996 and also guided them to the final of the Champions League, where they were beaten by Real Madrid after extra time.

Low, meanwhile, was at last rewarded for his good work with Germany as they were crowned world champions in Brazil after previously reaching the final at Euro 2008 as well as making it to the last four at the 2010 World Cup and Euro 2012.

The World Coach of the Year award went to Jupp Heynckes in 2013 following his treble-winning campaign with Bayern, while Vicente del Bosque, Josep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho emerged victorious in the preceding years.

Ronaldo out to raise the Ei-bar

Ipurúa is uncharted territory for Cristiano Ronaldo. The Portuguese ace has never faced Eibar or visited their quaint little ground before, so Saturday’s game means an opportunity to place another pin on his map of conquests. The star’s previous exploits are awesome enough to strike fear into the heart of even the most optimistic ‘Armeros’ fan: the current Ballon d’Or holder has scored against no fewer than 50 of the 51 sides he has taken on in a Real Madrid shirt.

Four new names added to the hitlist
This season, CR7 has hit the target against all four opponents he hadn’t met before for ‘Los Blancos’, namely Córdoba in the league and Basel, Ludogorets and Liverpool in the Champions League.

Dinamo Zagreb, the one that got away
The 29-year-old’s list of victims is extraordinary and is a testament to the fact that he never rests on his laurels and is always looking to add further notches to his goalpost. The only team who have escaped unscathed against Ronaldo since he moved to Madrid are Dinamo Zagreb, whom he faced once in the 2011-12 season.

A stunning La Liga streak
Two other stats should have Eibar trembling: Cristiano alone has netted five more goals than they have as a team and to top that off, the forward has registered in every single league appearance this term.

Another record in sight
If he keeps up his present strike rate, Ronaldo is on course to bag somewhere in the region of 67 La Liga goals, smashing the previous season record of 50, set by Leo Messi in 2011-12.