Days ago, the whole world watched the FIFA Ballon d’Or
Ceremony. The event which may very well be the biggest
controversy source in the world of football. So, it is very
worthy of being the subject of my “comeback post”. So,
let’s not be “FIFA-like” and just start the list.
Bad : Too much talking and time-filling
Especially from Blatter. I don’t think I need to elaborate
on that. Just go for the point. We don’t want useless
questions, songs or speeches, All We want is the awards..
Good : Great Sportsmanship
This is the peak of individual competition in football as it
has been for so many years. And yet, you find a healthy
spirit and atmosphere between the three competitors for
the main award of the night, and the year. Especially
between the two career-long rivals : Ronaldo and Messi.
Let me state some examples which happened during the event :
1- Ronaldo saying that he would like to play with Messi and
Neuer in the same team.
2- Messi pretending not to hear the question well when a
journalist asked him whether he can win the Ballon d’Or
after a trophyless season just like Ronaldo did last year.
3- This famous footage of Ronalo’s son meeting Messi :
Such sportsmanship is the best example for all football
fans around the world.
Bad : Fifpro XI
I know, it’s impossible for us to agree on 11 players.
Still, there are some boundaries between who may
deserve to be among the 11 and who may not. First,
I would never ever omit Luka Modric from any team
of the year I make. The Croatian was overlooked by
FIFA AND the public in that subject. To me, he was
the 2nd most important player in R.Madrid last year.
Many people thought this spot belonged to Di Maria
or even Alonso and expected the team to fall apart
after the departure of the two, which clearly didn’t
happen. On the contrary, Real went through some
colourless wins and even lost in two occasions since
the Luka’s injury. With all that said, you can easily
see how worthy he is of Iniesta’s spot. Iniesta is such
a great, one of the generation’s top 3 to me, but it
simply wasn’t his year. The worst part though was
picking David Luiz in the team … David Luiz. Let’s
just list some names who are surely more worthy :
Godin : The first name that comes to mind, in my case
at least. The leader of the great wall of Atletico Madrid
which was the main aspect of their amazing 13/14 season.
Kompany : The leader of the EPL champions and probably
the 2nd best defender (after Silva) in terms of quality.
Boating : He won the World Cup, was consistent through-
out the year and was the man of the final in the eyes of many.
And you can surely expand that list more and more. How can
people forget Germany humiliating Brazil with 7 goals this fast ?!
Good : Loew Triumph, Beautiful Football Triumph
I respect the work of the two other managers during
2014 but, when the sides are very close, such details
make the difference. Many would (reasonably) say
Diego Semione deserved it because he made champions
out of the underdogs. I can only admire Semione work
in Atleti. He made a well-organized team with a nearly
perfect defensive system and an almost-permanent
psychological advantage over the opposition. However,
when Atletico face a real problem, they fight, in both
the good and the bad way. This is not what you want
to watch nor have in a football match. Also, in all honesty,
there were few circumstances which helped Semione win
La Liga (e.g. Real obsession with la Decima). He made
the most of them, I’ve to give him that. Loew Germany,
on the other hand, are the offensive team with the best
(or 2nd best at least) team football who has always been
” so close but not quite reaching” for multiple times until
winning the most important trophy last year (which is an
advantage on its own). The German team is a beautiful
image for football and a team which you want the term
“football best” to be associated with.
Bad : Henry Unprofessionalism Announcing The Winner
It is only natural to wish the best for your former team-mates,
it is okay to be disappointed for them not winning the prize.
However, showing that to the whole world is not. You have
to be unbiased and at least pretend to be happy for whoever
wins the award. The French did the exact opposite. One
could nearly see tears in his eyes reading the name of the
winner “Cristiano Ronaldo”. Even the way he looked at
Ronaldo after that fall in the same category of unproffisional
actions. Obviously, Ronaldo Fenomeno is a better choice.
Good : The Best Man Won
Yes, he “failed” in the World Cup. But it’s almost impossible to
succeed with fitness problems in a such a dis-organized team.
Drop the World Cup, and Ronaldo would outshine every single
player , including Leo Messi, throughout the year, and by far.
Above that, he won the big one. He was integral to Real Madrid
winning La Decima and he re-wrote the tournament record book
in the process. For a top-class player approaching 30, continuous
improvement is almost unheard of and he surely deserves world
recognition for that, which is exactly what he got. Congratulations,
Where do you dis/agree with FIFA awards and nominations ?