Two huge names Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
Wondering who will win the Ballon d’Or this year? As long as there are Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi in the game of football, they will remain forever rivals. Both the football maestros had fabulous seasons for their clubs, bagging crucial trophies that they had been the crucial parts of. But, what player had better 2015-16 seasons is still a lurking question. According to their performance in the entire season, the Golden Ball winner will be chosen. Their figures are very exciting where Ronaldo finishes with more number of goals and Messi has more assists. Ronaldo has hit 51 goals while Messi just 41 goals. But, a total number of assists for Messi is 23 in just 49 games and for Ronaldo, it is just 15 assists. The Boxcar numbers say that Ronaldo scores 35 goals in 36 games in La Liga whereas Messi manages just 26 goals in 31 games in La Liga. This is, in fact, Messi’s worst boxcar numbers in the season 2008-2009. He had 9 goals across Spanish Super Cup and the Euro Super Cup, FIFA Cup.
In the La Liga, Messi had his worst passing success rate. Messi just took a few shots on goals when compared to the previous seasons. In the last season, his average was just 4.6 and this is pretty poor. His dribble per game was 3.5 and this is being the lowest recorded in his football career. When compared to the last season, his key passes also got reduced to 2.2. His passes per game were very much fewer in La Liga coming around to 55.7 which was previously 61.4 per game in the initial seasons. If it was just a drop in one stat, it could be called just an anomaly. But, one can see the drop in various aspects of the game, showcasing the decline of his game, overall. He had moments in Clasico’s but Ronaldo produced a winner and Messi failed.
One can notice a sharp decline in the performance of Ronaldo even. His accuracy and shots are way down when compared to the last season. His average in the seasons 2012-13, 2010-2011 is 1.9. Ronaldo’s dribbles were very bad but that was just the consequence of a shift in positions and approaches. His passes per game went down to 29.7
Messi may be declining but his influence in bringing shots is more. Besides, Messi finished being the winner of several cups like La Liga, Copa del Rey, but Ronaldo won UEFA Euro 2016 ,and Champions League in the 2015-16.
Cristiano Ronaldo is the favorite to win the award, Ronaldo has beaten every other player in terms of goals and trophies this year. He has performed exceptionally well for both his club and country