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so a vast amount of them just didn’t bother responding.Cristiano Ronaldo: I don't lose sleep over the Ballon d'Or... Ronaldo is many people's favourite to win the award again this year after winning the Champions LeagueFIFA ‘re-opened’ the polls, announced that those who’d already marked their ‘X’ couldn’t vote again (to take account of Ronaldo’s fabulous performance in eliminating Sweden in that play-off), then informed them that they actually could... on it went. Like a bad Benny Hill episode.Nobody in Zurich seemed to realise that when you produce a real-life narrative which would put the script-writers of The Thick Of It to shame then something’s gone wrong.Madrid demanded an apology on behalf of Ronaldo, got it, and CR7 duly won. Franck Ribéry, principal star of Bayern Munich’s treble season, spiralled down into a reverse Sally Field acceptance at the 1985 Oscars (‘You LIKE me.... right now you really LIKE me!’).Carlo Ancelotti: Ronaldo 'obvious' pick for Ballon d'Or Lionel Messi has won the Ballon d'Or three times and also won the World FIFA player of the Year trophy tooThose around him in Bavaria needed to mop up tears for weeks (‘They hate me, they really HATE me!’) and even now he’s still harping on about it in interviews: ‘I learned a lot during last year’s Ballon d’Or gala. As soon as I got there, I told my wife that I would lose,’ he whined last week.‘I saw how Blatter was hugging Ronaldo and how his entire family was there. I’m not stupid. It was clear that he had to win it. He wouldn’t have brought his entire family with him otherwise.‘It will be the same this year. Manuel Neuer or Arjen Robben should win it. You can’t disagree with this. Manu has won it all, he’s a great guy and he isn’t arrogant. Arjen has played an incredible season in the Bundesliga and then a fantastic World Cup.Messi is unlikely to win the award after Barcelona failed to win any major trophies last ultimate team coins season‘But I fear it will be about politics again. The Ballon d’Or is no longer for the best FIFA player. Fabio Cannavaro won it in 2006 because he won the World Cup, that’s all.’Now Franck isn’t known for his University Challenge capabilities. But, I ask you. Robben or Neuer ‘should get’ the Ballon d’Or this year for their fantastic World Cups, but Cannavaro was a blaggard and a con man of the first order when winning it ... for World Cup 2006. Give us strength.And if Blatter was fawning all over Ronaldo, then lingering embarrassment at his Oxford Union stupidity might explain it.This weekend, it’s all taken a new, nonsensical turn.Asked, well after voting had closed, about the Ballon d’Or, UEFA chief Michel Platini replied that, in a World Cup year, one of the FIFA players who’d lifted that trophy in the summer should automatically be Ballon d’Or winner, too.