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SBI Reader Poll: Who should win the Ballon d’Or?



The calendars may have turned to 2015, but FIFA is set to recognize the prior year’s best player with the awarding of the Ballon d’Or.

Lionel Messi, Manuel Neuer and Cristiano Ronaldo are the candidates for this year’s award, which is to be presented Monday at the Ballon d’Or Gala.

Ronaldo and Messi are the only two players to have won the award in it’s current form, which began when France Football’s Ballon d’Or and the men’s FIFA World Player of the Year were merged in 2010.

To date, Messi has captured a record four titles, while Ronaldo enters having won last year’s award. Manuel Neuer, meanwhile, is the first goalkeeper to be nominated.

Have a look at a breakdown of each players achievements below and vote on who you think should be awarded the 2014 FIFA Ballon d’Or:


Four-time winner Lionel Messi has managed to put together a strong campaign for his fifth award.

Winner of the World Cup’s Golden Ball, Messi was, as always, a key contributor in Argentina’s advancement to the World Cup final. Messi’s achievements were not limited to the international stage, as the Barcelona forward broke the record for most career goals scored in La Liga and the Champions League.


The biggest feather in the cap of Manuel Neuer is that that German goalkeeper can be regarded as a World Cup winner.

Neuer’s marauding play in and around the box were a highlight of Germany’s World Cup triumph, for which he was awarded the Golden Glove. Meanwhile, Neuer’s steady hands remained on the club level, were Bayern Munich captured the Bundesliga and DFB Pokal crown.


Real Madrid finally captured La Decima in 2014, and most of the credit should certainly go to Cristiano Ronaldo.

Scorer of 17 goals in the triumphant UEFA Champions League campaign, Ronaldo led his side to that historic trophy. Ronaldo shined on the club level with 51 goals in the 2013-14 season and 33 so far in the 2014-15 campaign, including a stretch of 15 goals in just seven games.


Now it’s your turn to vote. Let us know who you think should win the Ballon d’Or:

  • Manuel Neuer
  • Cristiano Ronaldo
  • Lionel Messi

Who did you vote for? Who do you think should have been on the ballot that wasn’t included?

Share your thoughts below.


    • you might have an (extremely weak) argument if you had been talking about any other keeper but neuer.

      i wouldn’t say he revolutionized the position with his play in the world cup, only because others have tried to play ‘sweeper-keeper’ before–just nowhere near as masterfully as he did.

      • Exactly why Neuer should win. Other tried to play sweeper-keeper, but Neuer is the only one to show that it’s viable lethal in today’s game. Thus, I would say that he “revolutionized” the position because now everyone knows what it should look like.

        CR7 had a great year. Hmm, okay.

  1. would love for neuer to get it; he was flawless this year, and i’ve never seen someone at his level play the sweeper-keeper role with such assurance. but ronaldo had maybe his greatest year ever, and he’s an attacker, so he’ll get it (deservedly).

    • Since personality apparently matters, Neuer is less of a tool than the others simply because he has a lower profile.

      Ronaldo should win it I guess but Neuer a very very very close second.

      Neuer and Messi even played head to head in the biggest game of their lives and Neuer won.


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