6 Players Close To Breaking The Messi-Ronaldo Ballon D Or Jinx

Ballon D Or is an award well celebrated in football for the outstanding achievements of individual players to their teams.The award has been going on since like forever with great players Michel Platini, Pele, Ronaldinho, Ronaldo, Messi and et al winning the awards for outstanding achievements to their various teams.Something noteable right now is that for the past eight years,two players have taken their level above the rest with scentilating performances in goals, assists and helping their teams reach various heights, Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.In those eight years,they’ve been the only winners of the awards,with Messi winning it five times and Cristiano Ronaldo winning it three times and the question is, do they look like relenting anytime soon, the answer is NO.Are other players now stepping up?, probably.Therefore,if eventually someone is close to stepping up to break that Ronaldo-Messi eight year jinx,which player will that be? In this article thus,we highlight five players close to breaking that jinx;

1. Luis Suarez

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Of course we knew about his scoring skills before his move to Barcelona, but who had thought he would fit that perfect into Barcelona squad alongside Leo Messi and Neymar. He showed an extraordinary adaptability and improvement of character (at least at FC Barcelona). Also he kept up his consistency and converted himself in an absolute assistant machine. He mostly has the eye and decision taking skill to make from a 90% goal scoring chance a 99-100% occasion. Suarezis also not selfish in front of goal as he has shown while at Liverpool with timely assists to Sturridge and at Barcelona with timely assists to Neymar.Besides all mentioned positive skills he also took over a big responsibility when his team mates where injured or out of form. In the past months he is the most stable player of Barcelona side. No doubt, he is on one respective level with Messi and Neymar even when the two of them receive the biggest part of attention from global media. . In comparison, as we all know, Messi and Neymar face some “strange difficulties” in their national teams of Brasil and Argentina.Because of Luis Suarez’ great and effective play he was the main reason why Barca “had to sell” their highly talented player Pedro. These days it seems nearly impossible to any new signing to receive lots of minutes in the offensive part of FC Barcelona.Luis Suarez is a very complete forward, as he has a great sense of goal and for proper decisions, but moreover also because he is contributing a lot to the defense and pressing part of Barca team play, at least 4 times more than Neymar does for example. We can barely find negative aspects in his play. Maybe you will find negative aspects in his temperament, that from time to time let him lose control on the pitch, when we also want to point out that off the pitch he is a real role model professional.

2. Sergio Aguero

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Aguero is blessed with speed, skill and a great footballing brain. His pace over the first five yards is his most striking quality, with the ability to suddenly burst into life and cause panic amongst opposition defenders one of City’s most effective attacking features.He has incredible balance thanks to his strength and low centre of gravity. For a striker under 6’0″, he demonstrates great durability, often appearing almost impossible to knock off the ball. Aguero can operate either as the focal point of the attack, or as a withdrawn striker, and it would seem Pellegrini prefers in him in the latter role. Whereas last season Aguero was very often played as a lone striker with three supporting attacking players behind him, this season he has been partnered by Edin Dzeko or Alvaro Negredo, a tactic which allows him much more freedom to roam.Often considered to be one of the best strikers in the world,Agüero is regarded as an all-out centre forward, but can also play as a second striker off another striker, which he often did at Atlético Madrid with Diego Forlán, due to his passing ability, tactical intelligence, and vision, which made him a capable assist-man. Agüero has a diminutive figure with a stocky build, which has led to comparisons with former Manchester City teammate Carlos Tevez and past strikers such as Romário, Del Piero, and Diego Maradona. When both were on the same team, some pundits called Agüero Tevez’s heir apparent at City and others said that he was superior to his compatriot. His ex-manager at Manchester City, Roberto Mancini, has compared Agüero to former Brazilian striker, Romário, due to his pace, goalscoring ability, positioning, and technique. Although naturally right footed, Agüero is also capable of striking well with his left foot, and can finish well both inside and outside the area with his powerful and accurate shot.Aguero has scored 102 goals in 149 appearances for Manchester city since he joined in 2011.

3. Zlatan Ibrahimovic

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The saying ‘the older the wine,the fresher it becomes’ is the perfect defination of Zlatan.Ibrahimovic at his best is close to unplayable. Strong in possession with delectable touch and an instinct for the spectacular, the striker can conjure goals from thin air and is extremely hard to police due to his wandering nature. Despite a reputation for being selfish in his support play for PSG this season, he  played a big role in their reaching the Champions League quarterfinals. Zlatan Ibrahimovic is good in the air, tall, strong and agile, he plays well with his back to goal and boasts some of the best finishing, vision, passing and ball control around. Tactically, Ibrahimović is capable of playing anywhere along the front line, although he is most often deployed as a striker, or as a creative supporting forward, which allows him to provide assists for team mates.Due to his prolific goal scoring and spectacular strikes, Ibrahimović is regarded by many in the sport to be one of the best players in the world and one of the most complete strikers of his generation. He has however been criticised for his aggression and rebellious character at times. In 2007, The Times placed him at number 44 in their list of the 50 hardest footballers in history. Due to his powerful shots and volleys from inside and outside the penalty area with both feet and on dead ball situations, his agility, acrobatic ability in the air, physicality, skill, finishing and technique, Ibrahimović has frequently been compared to Dutch legend Marco van Basten.This season, On 4 October 2015, Ibrahimović scored both goals from penalty kicks in a 2–1 home win over Marseille to overtake Pauleta and become Paris Saint-Germain’s all time leading goalscorer and has gone on to score many more with 110 goals in all official competitions since he joined the club.

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4. Antoinne Griezmann

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Griezmann’s exploits for Atletico Madrid this season is absolutely awesome. He can play right across the attacking midfield 3, or even as the lone striker. However, he is mostly at home behind the striker.His main attributes are his pace and impressive control which allows him to link the attacking quartet with intricate passing and intelligent lay-offs. The winger is also adept at beating his man to deliver in a dangerous cross.it is his electric pace, close control and strong technical ability to link the play, which makes him difficult to defend against and an asset regardless of what type of match he is in, fast or slow.Griezmann is a wide attacker who made his name at Real Sociedad alongside Carlos Vela, a former Arsenal attacker and Mexico international. He was known for being a quick, clever runner on the flanks who had the ability to cut to the line and cross the ball into the box or to get round the defender, cut inside and look for a shot. Here are his best moments at Real Sociedad.has said that he models his game on David Silva and David Beckham, and elements of both Manchester sons’ games certainly reside within the Frenchman. He is very technically sound, with panache and a lightness of touch that is both elegant and nifty, though can veer towards lightweight at times. Super quick, a bundle of energy and a real threat in wide areas (he would suit a counter-attacking style team perfectly) Griezmann is also very dangerous in front of goal. His left foot has laser-like precision, he’s tricky, direct, vivacious and, for such a slight lad, pretty good in the air too. Griezmann has been so vital for Atletico Madrid he has scored 43 goals in 73 appearances since joining the club in 2014 including vital goals against Barcelona and Bayern munich that has led Athletico madrid to the Champions league final.

5. Neymar

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Neymar has been  part of Barcelona’s influencial forward gang. He primarily plays as either a central striker, second striker, winger or occasionally as an attacking midfielder, and has been described as “a true phenomenon”.He often plays as a left sided forward for both club and country in the team’s 4–3–3 formation, drifting infield, due to his energetic pace and playmaking skills; this position allows him to shoot with his stronger foot, or create chances for team-mates.Neymar’s dribbling skills, tricks and playmaking ability are reminiscent of compatriot Ronaldinho. His common traits are his creativity, passing, finishing, dribbling, feints and technique, being described as both “electric” and “explosive”. Although naturally right-footed, he is capable of scoring with both feet, as well as with his head, and is an accurate free-kick and penalty taker. He commented on his attributes saying: “I’m always trying to perfect everything dribbling, shooting, headers and control. You can always improve”. Neymar stated that he has been inspired by Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Andrés Iniesta, Xavi and Wayne Rooney.Brazilian superstar Ronaldinho had also tipped Neymar on becoming the best player in the world: “Neymar is young though, and I can’t explain how special he will become. In the next two or three seasons he will become the best player.” Another Brazilian star, retired World Cup winner Ronaldo also believes that Neymar can become the best in the world: “Logically, Messi is better right now but Neymar is a great talent who will show the world that he will be number one”. Former Real Madrid sporting director Jorge Valdano has also praised Neymar, stating: “I like Neymar a lot. Many of his individual actions result in a goal and often it’s a move that only seems to be happening with him on the pitch.Neymar has scored  a whooping 55 goals in 92 appearances since his arrival at Barcelona in 2013 and has been tipped to be the heir to Lionel Messi.

6. Gareth Bale

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One the fastest footballers in the world, Bale started out as an offensive left-back at the beginning of his career. It was at Tottenham Hotspur that his manager Harry Redknapp decided to utilise Bale’s pace and played him as a left-winger, where he developed into a world class player. He is known for his physical fitness, pace, skill, stamina and agility, with an ability to regularly get past defenders due to his acceleration. Possessing good technique and ball control, Bale is also a free-kick specialist, as evidenced with his two bending free kicks against Olympique Lyonnais. As he moved further forward onto the wing, he began to score goals on a regular basis with powerful strikes from outside the penalty box. A quick, strong, hard-working, and dynamic player who is hard to contain in one vs. one situations, opposing managers have employed two players to stop him when he receives the ball.

As Bale has developed into one of the most dangerous left-wingers in the world, his style of play has won admiration from managers, current and past players such as Luís Figo, José Mourinho, Igor Štimac, and Dani Alves. Bale has been described as a footballer with “tremendous speed, great crossing ability, a great left foot and exceptional physical qualities”. Former Liverpool player and BBC football pundit Mark Lawrenson said “What makes Gareth Bale so special? Simple. He is one of the quickest players I’ve ever seen, but he has another gear and the ability to find that extra pace within the next stride. He has the ability to perform and use his technique at great pace.”During the 2011–12 season, Harry Redknapp experimented with using Bale in a free role, as an attacking midfielder, or as a second striker. The following season, André Villas-Boas, deployed Bale in this role on a more permanent basis and it became his.He has gone on to score 47 goals in 80 matches including a vital winning goal in the 2014 Champions league final.

 

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