In case you didn't already know, the Ballon d'Or, or Golden Ball, is the top individual accolade a footballer can win. The FIFA World Player of the Year and Ballon d'Or were kept separate until this year, but now have joined forces to create a super mega-award. Unfortunately it is already clear by FIFA's omission of Diego Alberto Milito from their 23-man shortlist that they have no idea what they are doing. Lets prepare for disappointment.
|Ball of Gold|
Diego Forlán Corazo
Diego Alberto Milito. It pains me to build a case for Milito, since I absolutely detest Inter, but the above list without Il Principe is a disgrace. Let's quickly highlight Milito's stellar season last year:
32 goals in all competitions
22 Serie A
6 Champions League
3 title winning goals ( 1 goal vs. Siena to win the Serie A; 1 goal against Roma to win the Coppa Italia; 2 goals against Bayern Munich to win the Champions League)
So, Milito knocks in 32 goals including all the goals that allow Inter to call themselves treble winners and is not on the list. Preposterous.
Who should be missing
Asamoah Gyan. I find it comical that the 24 year old Ghanian hitman from Sunderland is on this list. I'm not even sure why he is being considered, especially over Milito. He did score a few big goals for Ghana in South Africa, but does this really merit him being on the list?
Eto'o...oh Eto'o. First of all, you are a crybaby. Stop crying. Secondly, I'll give you credit - anywhere you are, you win. That said, in no way, shape, or form was Eto'o better than Milito last year. He did play a huge role in the treble winning season, but not as big as Milito. So again...FIFA..WHY?
Could this be a case of politics in the footballing world? The world soccer community needs to have every federation represented, it seems.
Who should win
Truthfully, the winner of this award should be Wesley Sneijder. Milito or not, Sneijder should be lifting this trophy in the coming months. He orchestrated Inter's treble and got Holland to the World Cup Final. Milito may have scored crucial goals, but Sneijder pulled the strings to grant him chances.
|Wesley Sneijder, kissing triumph|
If not Sneijder, it better be Diego Forlán. This man single-handedly won Athletico Madrid the Europa Cup with a few late-great winners and amazingly got Uruguay a lick of paint away from a 3rd place finish at the World Cup (possibly). The brandishing of his wash board abs being his only detriment, it's hard to imagine anyone else on this list other than Sneijder who had a greater impact on their respective teams comparatively.
|Diego Forlan, Wondering where he can score from next|
If neither of these two win I will lose all faith in FIFA and consider them another ridiculous, burecratic governing body. Predictions anyone?