This is a disgrace!!!
Arsenal striker RVP has been snubbed on the shortlist for the World Player of the Year award….
The Ballon d’Or is a who’s who of the best players from across the world and is supposed to be, correct me if I am wrong, based on players performances in the Calendar year. Barcelona playmaker Messi and Real Madrid superstar Ronaldo are amongst the contenders to claim the coveted prize. Whilst RVP would be unlikely to win the award ahead of such esteemed opposition, (let’s face it, Messi will win it again), not to be included amongst the top 23 is a bloody disgrace and an insult to our intelligence.
Eight players from the Spanish and European Champions make the list, and whilst it’s hard to argue against the majority, Fabregas’s inclusion is laughable. Don’t get me wrong, he is a fabulous player but let’s be honest, he missed a large chunk of 2011 through injury and when he did play his performances weren’t as good as in previous years. So he makes the list after completing his move to the Barcelona in the summer transfer window. What a joke, how is that possible??
So despite injury playing a significant part in his efforts during 2010, RVP has scored 33 goals in 37 matches this calendar year, and domestically has 28 goals in 27 games. That record places the striker second across all of Europe’s top leagues, behind Ronaldo in terms of goals-per-game ratio. Now, I may be biased but I think that alone should have been good enough to get him on the shortlist.
Manure winger Nani also gets the nod over RVP! Again how?! Whilst the Portuguese player’s performances have drastically improved over the past year at Old Trafford, not many would pick him as the better player in the last 12 months. Going through the list of contenders, an argument could be made for RVP to be ahead of five other players on this list – Abidal, Benzema, Alvez, Rooney and Schweinsteiger. None of these players had a better year than RVP, have they??
Rooney is the only Englishman on the list which I don’t have a problem with. The Manure striker has scored 19 goals in 27 Barclays Premier League games in 2011, and two goals in five games for England after one in 11 last year. RVP has 11 goals in 19 games for the two years with Holland, and also helped his country to a World Cup final yet still can’t make the list. Whilst goals aren’t everything, it’s hard to see how eight strikers (including Ronaldo) make the list ahead of RVP. Quite simply, his omission is wrong and a major error on the part of FIFA, who should be ashamed and embarrassed by their decision to not include RVP.
by Paul Dean