GOLDEN PHONE: Cristiano Ronaldo’s latest Ballon D’Or brag

The Portuguese player had his smartphone customized after winning his third Golden Ball last January.

Cristiano Ronaldo has reasons to be proud of himself, and his latest item is proof of it. The Portuguese player customized his iphone 6 to brag about his third Ballon D’Or, having the logo carved on the smartphone’s case. CR7 reportedly paid Swedish company Golden Concept 1,000 euros for the design, joining other players like Neymar and Felipe Melo, who had their phones customized in similar fashion.

Real Madrid’s Number 7 won his second consecutive Ballon D’Or in January, beating Lionel Messi and German goalkeeper Manuel Neuer to the award. Ronaldo won the first one back in 2008.

”Winning La Decima was one of the greatest moments of my career”

While receiving an award given by Portuguese newspaper O Jogo, Cristiano Ronaldo spoke about his biggest achievement with Los Blancos so far: winning the UEFA Champions League.

It will be in my memory forever. Winning that trophy in my country is, by far, one of the greatest moments of my career. I dedicate this award to my team-mates, since all trophies are the result of teamwork,” Ronaldo said.

The player was awarded by his home country’s newspaper as the Best Portuguese athlete in the past 30 years. Furthermore, he was named the Best Portuguese footballer of all time, surpassing legends like Eusebio and Luis Figo.

England boss overlooks Ronaldo in Ballon d’Or ballot

England manager Roy Hodgson has come in for criticism after it was revealed he didn’t vote for Cristiano Ronaldo in his Ballon d’Or ballot.

While the Real Madrid star still managed to comfortably win this year’s player of the year award, questions have still been asked as to how Hodgson could not have Ronaldo, or Barcelona star Lionel Messi, in his top three selections.

Overlooking Ronaldo and Messi, Hodgson instead opted to use his picks to select Argentina midfielder Javier Mascherano as his best player of the year, using his two other choices to select Germany duo Philipp Lahm and Manuel Neuer.

England captain Wayne Rooney disagreed with his manager, though, voting for former Manchester United team-mate Ronaldo as his first pick, with Germany’s Toni Kroos in second and Gareth Bale in third.

In contrast to his English counterpart, Scotland boss Gordon Strachan did vote Ronaldo as his player of 2014 ahead of Spain striker Diego Costa and Holland winger Arjen Robben.

Scotland captain Scott Brown, whose Celtic side are still overwhelming title favourites with the Scottish football betting despite their issues this season, saw things the same way as Strachan, using his first pick on Ronaldo with Robben in second and Neuer third.

Wales head coach Chris Coleman, perhaps unsurprisingly, gave his vote to compatriot Bale, naming Ronaldo and Germany midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger as his other selections. Bale’s case was helped further after receiving the vote of his captain, Ashley Williams, although it wasn’t enough for Bale to break into the top three of the vote.

Northern Ireland suffered a slight embarrassment when their votes failed to be submitted in time, meaning head coach Michael O’Neill and captain Steven Davis’ selections weren’t counted.

But while there were some questionable votes from some aspects of the panel, not least Hodgson, Ronaldo was the clear winner in this year’s event with 37.66% of the votes.

That made it back-to-back Ballon d’Or awards for Ronaldo and winning the prize for the third time in his career. He came out on top in the votes made by the 181 national team head coaches, 182 national team captains and 181 media representatives that make up the electorate.

Lionel Messi finished second with 15.76% of the votes after another record-breaking season, with Germany’s World Cup winning goalkeeper, Manuel Neuer, taking third place with 15.72%.

On the back of an incredible 2014, there weren’t many outside the voting panel who really felt anyone else but Ronaldo deserved the award. Even Messi’s most ardent fans couldn’t argue the Argentinean performed better than his long-time rival last year, and there is an argument to claim his second place finish was more down to his name than his form in 2014.

While Germany’s World Cup heroes were all rightfully in and around the mix, only Neuer could have realistically challenged Ronaldo for this year’s Ballon d’Or. The Bayern Munich man has not only established himself as the best in the world at the moment, but some feel we are currently witnessing the finest goalkeeper to have ever played the game. The year of 2014 certainly went some way to cementing that opinion.

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.

Pictures: Cristiano Ronaldo at the FIFA Ballon D’OR Gala 2014 Fortsätt läsa Cristiano Ronaldo wins FIFA Player of the Year for the 3rd time

Ronaldo: Cristiano for Ballon d’Or!

Ronaldo is backing his namesake Cristiano Ronaldo in the race for this year’s FIFA Ballon d’Or. ”His numbers were unthinkable in my day.”

The Brazil legend enjoyed a successful five-year spell at Santiago Bernabeu between 2002 and 2007, scoring 111 goals in 177 appearances, and he remains an avid fan of Los Blancos to this day.

”Yes, I feel more home at Real Madrid than anywhere else,” he began in an interview with RMTV.

”I see Madrid in a very good way. We must continue in the same vein as last year so we can celebrate the titles at the end of the season.

”Cristiano’s the best striker in the world. He does what people like to see, score goals. The supporters enjoy it as much as I do.

”What he’s doing is amazing. His numbers were unthinkable in my day, but he deserves them.

”He has great quality and cleverly exploits the opposition.

”It’s amazing to see him play. He combines his technical quality with physical strength very well.

”I think it’s clear that this year Cristiano will win [the Ballon d’Or] again.”

Fortsätt läsa Ronaldo: Cristiano for Ballon d’Or!

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.

Real Madrid Slam Michel Platini over Cristiano Ronaldo Ballon d’Or Rejection

Real Madrid have leapt to the defence of their prized superstar, Cristiano Ronaldo, in reaction to comments made by UEFA president Michel Platini regarding who should win the 2014 Ballon d’Or.

Speaking to German news agency SID (h/t the official Bundesliga website), Platini proclaimed it should be a German that wins the award after their World Cup triumph in Brazil.

Real Madrid released an official statement in protest of Platini‘s logic on Friday:

[Real’s] surprise at the repeated comments regarding his personal preferences over the choice of the winner of the Ballon d’Or, particularly given that he is the head of European football’s principal body, where our understanding is that the strictest impartiality should prevail.

Secondly, the Ballon d’Or is an individual rather than collective prize which is awarded annually to the best player in the world, and we believe that, in order to maintain its prestige, those who participate in the vote should take into account exclusively the individual professional achievements of the players.

It’s a debate that’s regularly brought to light at this time of year. Should the Ballon d’Or vote be based on team or individual achievements?

Real’s statement highlights Ronaldo‘s individual milestones, which have led to their own share of team accolades, not least of which was the 2013-14 Champions League win over Atletico Madrid:

We believe that Cristiano Ronaldo has without doubt had his best ever professional year individually, and has claimed the Champions League, the Golden Shoe and the record for the highest goalscorer in an edition of the Champions League, as well as the Copa del Rey and the top-scorer award in La Liga.

In the current season, he has won the European Super Cup, scoring both goals in the match, and is achieving spectacular figures such as his 20 goals in the first 12 matchdays of La Liga, which confirm his great moment of form and ensure that, more than ever, he is deserving of the Ballon d’Or.

It isn’t the first time Platini has been criticised for an outspoken view, where others may remain on more neutral ground. Earlier this week, Alvaro Arbeloa joined the pro-Ronaldo brigade in questioning the ex-France attacker’s thought process, per Spanish newspaper Marca.

The Bundesliga report quoted Plaitini saying: ”There are lots of players who would deserve to win the award. But in my opinion, in a World Cup year the prize should go to a World Cup winner.”

Granted, the World Cup is a rare event that only makes its way into the football calendar once every four years, but is that reason alone to pick one player out of the winning team’s lineup?

After all, if it were an underdog minnow such as Costa Rica or Greece who emerged as victors in Brazil, would that mean Bryan Ruiz or Georgios Samaras would automatically receive favour in the trophy pursuit?

Los Merengues would certainly appear to think not, and they are doing all within their ability to take the initiative in turning votes back in the favour of Ronaldo.

The Madrid maverick has undoubtedly enjoyed another unstoppable year, and his goal in the 1-0 Champions League win over Basel on Wednesday brought his 2014 tally up to a rounded 50.

It’s become commonplace for attacking players to receive more attention in the Ballon d’Or reckoning, too. Bayern Munich and Germany No. 1 Manuel Neuer is perhaps the player receiving most support who isn’t a forward.

Under its former ”FIFA World Player of the Year” moniker, only two defensive players ever won the award: Lothar Matthaus in 1991 and Fabio Cannavaro in 2006.

Platini has done his part in revealing where he believes the voting process should be aimed, but it will come to light in January just how influential his word is regarding who takes home the Ballon d’Or.

Pepe: “It would be a scandal” if Ronaldo didn’t win Ballon d’Or

There’s no better attacker on the planet right now than Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo, and based on the opinion of many, he’s moving along the right track to snag another Ballon d’Or award, which would be his third win overall after beating out Messi as the world’s best last season.

Time and time again, Ronaldo has shown his ability to clinically finish and instinctually position himself in excellent scoring areas, and he’s also displayed astounding skill that one doesn’t notice in many other players. He’s scored 23 goals all 17 competitions, including a score in Real’s latest trouncing–a 5-1 win over La Liga opponent Rayo.

Ronaldo’s Los Blancos teammate and fellow countryman Pepe doesn’t think anyone can match the performances of the highly-talented man from Madeira.

“If any other player wins, they should be ashamed given what Cristiano has been doing, beating lots of records, scoring 17 goals in the Champions League last season, these things are almost impossible,” Pepe said, courtesy of ESPN FC.

“In three months he has scored 23 goals. What else does he need to do? He is the best player in history and I repeat, it would be a scandal and a shame if they did not give him the Ballon d’Or.”

Messi and Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer presently feature as other top Ballon d’Or candidates, but it’s tough to see them trumping what Ronaldo has flashed this season. With the 29-year-old’s success, Real has also enjoyed great fortune, mustering a 13-game winning run that has exceeded last year’s 10-match streak.

Even though Carlo Ancelotti’s side is exercising splendid form, downturns can always exist, in which case Ronaldo’s individual efforts may fall short to Messi or others at a certain period of time. However, over the course of an entire season, one comes to expect fairly steady performances from Ronaldo.

On Saturday, Real’s superstar will have his aims set on bolstering his tally against Eibar on Saturday, a squad that currently sits in the middle of the league table.

Cristiano Ronaldo Clear Ballon d’Or Favorite After Recent Run

There will always be a lot of competition for the Ballon d’Or, but Cristiano Ronaldo should have the award locked up as we round out 2014.

After Lionel Messi had a stranglehold on the award given out to the best player in the world, Ronaldo topped his individual rival and earned the trophy in 2013. It now seems the Real Madrid and Portugal star is destined to defend his title as the best in the sport.

Coming into the current club season, this was far from guaranteed. Sure, he was La Liga’s leading scorer while helping Real Madrid take home the Champions League title. However, he could not bring home a league title with his team experiencing an early exit in the World Cup. This certainly set him back in the race for the individual award.

Germany’s World Cup title allowed a bunch of candidates to enter the race like Mario Goetze, Toni Kroos, Philipp Lahm, Thomas Mueller and Bastian Schweinsteiger. Still, the victory was a real team effort with none of these players really standing out as one of the best in the world.

In fact, the top contender for the Ballon d’Or from Germany is goalkeeper Manuel Neuer.

The problem is a goalkeeper simply does not rack up enough stats to truly be in consideration for this type of award, whether that is fair or not.

Meanwhile, Lionel Messi also helped himself during the World Cup. The electric player scored four goals in the tournament while leading Argentina to an appearance in the finals. His efforts on the international stage—plus the name recognition from past success—should make him a top contender.

Then again, Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti does not see it that way. He explained in a press conference, ”Ronaldo has done everything to win it. Then there could be Germany players because they won the World Cup. I don’t see other players who can be on the list.”

The reason for this mindset is because of how well Ronaldo has played over the first few months of the 2014-15 season.

In 10 La Liga matches, the 29-year-old star has been at a different level than the rest of his competition.

Cristiano Ronaldo in La Liga this season: 10 games 18 goals 5 assists 27 chances created.

Against Rayo Vallecano Saturday, Ronaldo made big contributions without even looking impressive,

Not a vintage night by any means for Ronaldo, but he still ends up with a goal and two assists…

His 18 goals are six more than anyone else in the top five European leagues, and he has earned by far the best averaging rating with a 9.07 out of 10, according to WhoScored.com.

At this point in his career, he is in complete control whenever he steps on the pitch and is clearly playing like the best in the world. Ronaldo even now has the mindset to join the list of the greatest ever to play the game, via FIFA.com:

I always want to be the best, that is what I work towards every day. I respect what people think and I am making my own story bit by bit. I still have a long way to go and when I finish my career I can look at my stats to see if I am amongst the best in history. I am sure I will be.

 

 

Although he could not get Portugal out of the group stage at the World Cup, he has had enough team success with Real Madrid in the Champions League to make up for it. The squad currently sits on top of the La Liga table this season as well.

Add this to his individual performances in all competitions, and it is clear Ronaldo should be awarded his second Ballon d’Or trophy with real in as many years.

Cristiano Ronaldo takes his Ballon D’Or to Home

Cristiano Ronaldo will take the FIFA World Player of the Year trophy (Golden Ball) he recently claimed as Ballon d’Or Winner to home Madeira on Saturday.

With the weekend free due to his three match suspension, the Portuguese star will travel home to spend some time with his family and while there he will present the recently won trophy to home fans at his CR7 museum.

Ronaldo is set to travel on Saturday morning to Portugal. He will then return to Madrid on Monday evening in time for training on Tuesday with the rest of his colleagues after his side’s game on Sunday at Getafe. Ronaldo will have one eye on resting up ahead of his side’s return to Champions League action the week after next.