Cristiano Ronaldo: Clear Favourite for Ballon D’Or

Posted: October 21, 2008 in Soccer/Football, Sports
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Manchester United and Portugal’s very own winger Cristiano Ronaldo is betted to be the clear winner in this December 2, 2008 Ballon d’Or ceremony, that’s is if Sir Alex Ferguson have anything to do about it. What Ronaldo did for Manchester United as well as the Champion’s League should be credited and he will be very surprised if CR7 will not get it. Sir Alex further said that he will personally sign to his team the winner of Ballon d’Or if its not Ronaldo. I wish it was Messi, i really really wanna see him play in the Premier League… Just kidding.

This year’s shortlist was quite a surprise as the list was reduced to 30 and big names were ommitted such as Ronaldinho, Henry, and past winners Schevchenko and Fabio Cannavarro, but considering their performance of last year, need we say anything about it.

Euro2008 Champ Spain boasted 7 players in the shortlist, 3 from Manchester United, 3 from Chelsea and Steven Gerrard of Liverpool. And for the complete listing, see below:

The full list of nominees is as follows:

Emmanuel Adebayor (Arsenal), Togo
Sergio Agüero (Atletico Madrid), Argentina
Andrei Arshavin (Zenit St. Petersburg), Russia
Michael Ballack (Chelsea), Germany
Karim Benzema (Lyon), France
Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus), Italy
Iker Casillas (Real Madrid), Spain
Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United), Portugal
Didier Drogba (Chelsea), Ivory Coast
Samuel Eto’o (FC Barcelona), Cameroon
Cesc Fabregas (Arsenal), Spain
Fernando Torres (Liverpool FC), Spain
Steven Gerrard (Liverpool FC), England
Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Inter Milan), Sweden
Kaka (AC Milan), Brazil
Frank Lampard (Chelsea), England
Lionel Messi (FC Barcelona), Argentina
Pepe (Real Madrid), Portugal
Franck Ribéry (Bayern Munich), France
Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), England
Marcos Senna (Villarreal), Spain
Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Spain
Luca Toni (Bayern Munich), Italy
Edwin van der Sar (Manchester United), Netherlands
Rafael van der Vaart (Hamburg SV/Real Madrid), Netherlands
Ruud van Nistelrooy (Real Madrid), Netherlands
Nemanja Vidic (Manchester United), Serbia
David Villa (Valencia CF), Spain
Xavi (FC Barcelona), Spain
Youri Zhirkov (CSKA Moscow), Russia

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