14 July, 2010
who will be the fifa world player of the year
After a topsy turvey season that did not go according to script for most of the club and national soccer giants of the world, its more then fair to say that this years wolrd player of the year will be one of the most intresting we’ve had in a while. So I decided to round up a list od some of the usual and not so usual suspects that might be the winner on the night.
Lionel messi-I gotta say I don’t like him all that much, but you can’t ignore his abilities on the pitch. When he touces the ball most defenders get nervous and just wanna go home. He didn’t score a goal in the world cup but his ability to fetch-hold-pass and run with the ball created a number of opportunities for his team. He is the current world player of the year and hasn’t had a bad season at Barca (he netted around 45 goals). But this only resulted in domestic glory for barca and nothing in Europe or in the world cup.
Why he should not win: as good as he is he hasn’t achieved anything spectecular this season, some wouls say that 45 goals is spectacular along with a domestic title, (sure it is bu consider this the European golden shoe system allows a player to win the award even if the player scored fewer goals on the stipulation that the other player plays in a tougher league-this is a ridiculous rule) so Messi scored 45 but then again Luis suarez also netted 45 for his club Ajax Amsterdam
Diego Forlan-he has already won the europen golden shoe twice yet he has never even been shortlisted for the world player of the year award (which leaves you wondering how the selection process is managed) he was also one of the joint top scorers in the world cup with five goals and was named the tournments best player.
Why he won’t win: he is not a fancy player not much footwork and is not on the spotlight (especially since leaving man u) most journalist and voters will probably just ignore him and choose a more branded name
Xavi: he has more completed passes then anyone else in the world cup he is arguably (next to Owen Hargreaves) the most technically sound player in world football today, he perhaps is the catalysy for the Spanish world cup vistory.
Why he won’t win: he doesn’t score goals
Thomas Muller: unknown to anyone other then those of us that were supporting the german cause, Muller is definatley one to look out for in the future (as was likas podolski in 2006). His 5 goals. 3 assisits and fluent running on and off the ball are something not many defences can cope with. He also has the ability to read the game superbly. He has also been named the tournaments best young player
Why he won’t win: he hasn’t achieved much with his.
Wesley Sneijder: this then brings me to the man I feel shoul win the best player of the year. When he and Robben left madrid I felt that the double sellout was once again on (a double sellout is when Madrid sell two great players it also heppened with the lites of Fernado Heiro and Michael Salgado as well as Gabriel Henze and Luis Figo). Sneijder went on to win treble with inter including the champions league, contributing some fine playmaking and goals along the way. He also lived up to expectation during the world cup netting 5 and making the dutch team look really really good. This man should be the world player of the year hands down.
Why he might not win: EVERYBODY LOVES MESSI (EXCEPT ME) SIGH