Ballon d'Or shortlist released
This is sure to spark some debate. The Ballon d'Or is the most prestigious individual award in world football, and FIFA has just released its shortlist for the three finalists for the 2015 award.
The first one is easy: it's Leo Messi.
The truth is, he's almost sure to win it this year, just as he's done three times in the past. He completely dominated 2015 despite being injured for most of September and October. Between his performances with Barcelona and Argentina in the Copa América, there's almost no doubt that he'll be the winner. After that, though it gets complicated.
For me, Neymar is the clear second choice.
The Brazilian has arguably been the best player in the world since August -- yes, even better than Messi, maybe -- and there's no doubt in my mind that he deserves to be in the top 3. He's an absolute beast and seems to get better with each passing match.
When Messi went down for two months, Neymar made it so that Barcelona hardly missed a beat. He's that good. The third choice was Cristiano Ronaldo.
He may seem an obvious choice, but I think it was the wrong one.
Sure, Ronaldo is still one of the world's top players. But he's showed serious signs of aging, especially in the first stages of this season with Real Madrid. The fact of the matter is that he just hasn't been as good as he used to be, with his goalscoring form rather erratic.
I haven't been as impressed with him this year as I was in the past. I would've replaced Ronaldo with Luis Suarez in the shortlist. It may seem crazy to have three Barcelona players in the top 3, but it's because they all deserved it.
Suarez paired with Neymar when Messi was injured and has played the best football of his life in the past few months. When the trio up front for Barcelona is healthy, Messi-Neymar-Suarez are completely unstoppable.
I think Suarez, who also played well for Uruguay during the Copa América, should have beaten out Ronaldo for the third spot in the Ballon d'Or shortlist.
What do you think? Am I crazy? Does it even matter, or should we just accept that Messi will win (again!) and move on?
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