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Thursday, October 20, 2005

Give it to Henry

Once again FIFA has released its short list for its annual World Player of the Year award. Once again the list is way too long. If you look at all the players listed, only a few deserve the consideration. But or me, there is only one choice this year: Arsenal striker Thierry Henry is the best striker in the world and deserves the award.

In fact, I think Henry deserved it last year but was usurped by Barcelona playmaker Ronaldinho, now a 2 time winner. The rest of the list should reads more like a list of whose famous (or who’s overrated) rather than an award for the best player in the world. Why bother listing players you know will never win?

The non-contenders:

Michael BallackLampard is better
David BeckhamWashed up, slow, and Lampard is better
CafuToo old, nothing spectacular
Cristiano RonaldoToo young, what happened to the tricks?
DecoNot even the best player at Barca
Didier DrogbaPutrid first touch
Michael EssienWhat has he ever done?
Steven Gerrard Lampard is better
Zlatan IbrahimovicToo inconsistent
Paolo MaldiniIf he didn’t win it 10 years ago, won't now
Pavel NedvedHas already peaked
Alessandro NestaSuper defender, but an unrealistic choice
Jay-Jay OkochaThere are ten different #10’s better
Raul GonzalezIn a 2 year slump and on the list?
Juan Roman RiquelmeTop notch player, no gravitas
Arjen RobbenHardly plays anymore, always injured
Roberto CarlosAn occasional free kick, so what?
RobinhoWhat has he ever won?
RonaldoWashed up and overweight
Wayne RooneyIn between tantrums?
Ruud van NistelrooyRecent good form, bit of a dirty player
Zidane ZinedineHas already won 3 times, too old

Now, there are some players which really deserve the consideration. So the real short list, for me, is:

AdrianoCan score from anywhere and has developed touch
Gianluigi BuffonBest keeper in the world
Samuel Eto'oJust keeps getting better and better
Thierry HenryArsenal must keep him
KakaThe wonderkind, finest young prospect in the world
Frank LampardMost complete and durable midfielder in the world
RonaldinhoBrings everything and never takes a game off
Andriy ShevchenkoA truly complete striker

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

TH should get it

decent shortlist

10/20/2005 9:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lampard isn't complete. He relies too much on his anchorman/Makalele( not saying its a bad thing it just goes to show he isn't complete) I think you narrow the list down very well and your right TH should get it.

10/20/2005 9:39 PM  
Anonymous lilman said...

I think Henry deserved it hands down a couple of seasons ago when Ronaldinho won it. Now it will be harder as Ronaldinho is so popular and Barca won their League last season plus I cant remember the last time a player outside of La Liga or Serie A won WPOY. I hope he wins it as he should have one before but its stacked against him

10/20/2005 10:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think Henry should have won it 2 seasons ago atleast for the "invincible" season... but they he didn't... If u look at the past winners.. for the last 12 years i guess... they are either playing in Italy or Spain.. So I think Henry is the best player.. but FIFA are just looking at players in the RICH.. SPAINSIH OR ITALIAN teams...

10/21/2005 5:51 AM  
Blogger Cathal Breathnach said...

I believe that Adriano should get the award because he has just been class this year.

10/21/2005 4:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Give it to Lampard, it´s the total player. Buffon is a great goal keeper but... what about Iker?

(Miguel G. from www.notasdefutbol.com)

10/21/2005 7:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lampard is not better than Ballack. What has he done that Ballack has not? Nothing. He's just as influential at Bayern as Lampard is for Chelsea.

Why does FIFA bother putting defenders in the list? We know they'll never win it. There should be a separate award for defender of the year.

10/22/2005 1:32 AM  
Blogger Football Commentator said...

Of all the players on the list in a simiar role, Ballack is closest to Lampard. The only place I give Lampard the edge is that he scores more goals.

As far as defenders, I couldn't agree more, why bother? It makes sense to have a seperate award for defenders, good idea.

10/22/2005 7:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Watch Ballack play. He is a 6’3” midfielder that is strong, fast, tough, and intelligent. His header is positively fierce. His free kicks are rockets. He can score with great force and accuracy with either foot. His passes are precise and to the point. He recovers balls whenever he wants to. Opposing players try to stay out of his way rather than suffer the consequences. His presence alone is a defensive force. When he plays, other players next to him look like children. He is totally commanding, totally in control. Yet, like a great elegant dancer he makes it look so easy! Ronaldinho, as good as he is, cannot do all of these things. Neither can Lampard, which in addition has not accomplished for club and country what Ballack has accomplished. Mark my words, in the upcoming World Cup Ballack will be consecrated as one of the greatest players in history. For these reasons and more, Ballack deserves more than any other footballer the FIFA award for best player in the world. Indeed, any other outcome will be a great prejudicial travesty and injustice.

11/13/2005 8:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lampard scores more goals than Ballack? Ridicuolus! Not only does Ballack scores more goals, but he does so in many more ways. Let us examine the facts. Ballack has scored for Germany 29 goals in 60 games. An approximate rate of a goal every two games. A simply magnificent achievement even for a world class striker. Lampard, on the other hand, has scored 10 goal in 38 games: an approximate rate of one goal in every four games. Thus, Ballack scores on average twice as frequently!

Consider now career statistics. Lampard has scored 99 goals in 311 Premiership games while Ballack has scored 66 goals in 214 Bundesliga games. This means that both men score at approximately the same rate of 1 goal every 3 games! The Conclusion is that Ballack is a greater goal scoring threat for two reasons: 1) he scores at the same rate as Lampard for his club(s), but at a much higher rate than Lampard for his country, and 2)Ballack’s offensive arsenal is far more versatile than Lampard’s.

11/13/2005 9:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lampard scores more goals than Ballack? Ridicuolus! Not only does Ballack scores more goals, but he does so in many more ways. Let us examine the facts. Ballack has scored for Germany 29 goals in 60 games. An approximate rate of a goal every two games. A simply magnificent achievement even for a world class striker. Lampard, on the other hand, has scored 10 goal in 38 games: an approximate rate of one goal every four games. Thus, Ballack scores on average twice as frequently!

Consider now career statistics. Lampard has scored 99 goals in 311 Premiership games while Ballack has scored 66 goals in 214 Bundesliga games. This means that both men score at approximately the same rate of 1 goal every 3 games! Hence, Ballack is a greater goal scoring threat for two reasons: 1) he scores at the same rate as Lampard for his club(s), but at a much higher rate than Lampard for his country, and 2)Ballack’s offensive arsenal is far more versatile than Lampard’s.

11/13/2005 9:20 PM  
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