womenforfootball- It is that time of the year that the debate of Messi or Ronaldo heats up. For long, football fans zoom in on two of the greatest footballers, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo place them against each other in each game to prove who is better. Once again three of the best footballers compete for Football’s most prestigious individual Award, Ballon D’or. The winner of Fifa’s 2014 Ballon d’Or will be announced on 12 January with Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi of Bareclona and Bayern Munich’s Manuel Neuer vying for the title.
It is important to note that, based on Ballon d’Or criteria, each nominee will be ranked based on their individual performance, not team performance, in Calendar year and not football season.
So in that light, I have number crunched each of these three players’ success rate in Calendar year of 2014: From January 2014 until end of Dec 2014.
Considering Messi and Ronaldo play offensive roles as forwards or at times attacking midfielder, their success rates are Number of total Goals scored in their total appearances. Therefore, their Goal tally ratio. Their total goals include all Club competitions and their World Cup appearances.
In comparison, since Manuel Neur is a goalkeeper, his success rate for the sake of this article, was considered as Save Ratio, which is Total Saves in his total number of appearances.
As shown in the chart:
- Ronaldo has scored 63 goals in 64 appearances in 2014
- Messi had scored 59 goals in 68 appearances in 2014
- Ronaldo had 11 doubles (2 goals in one match) and 3 Hat-tricks(3 goals) in 2014
- Messi had 11 doubles and 5 Hat-tricks in 2014
Or if shown in more detail:
Another nominee is the well-known goalkeeper,Manuel Neur. Manuel Neur had an astonishing 87.95% Save ratio in 2014. Including 89.7% Save percentage at Bundesliga, and 86.2% save ratio at World Cup games which led to his Bundesliga Player of the Year, and Golden Gloves Award in World Cup 2014. In this chart, Neur’s improvement Year over Year is shown, in which he had 82% Save ratio in 2013, but in 2014 his save rate was improved to 87.95%. The chart is shown below:
So the jury is up to Coaches , Captains of the teams and Journalists around the world to pick the one who most deserves Ballon d’Or Award on January 12th. Maybe it is about time that a consistent top goalkeeper wins this Award instead of a striker, or maybe some argue, it is about time Ronaldo wins the battle against Messi.