Messi and Ronaldo vs The World

james Dean

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Does anyone else get the feeling that these two aren't miles ahead of the rest like they have been over the past few years.

You could even argue Suarez has been better than Messi so far this season, while up until 5 days ago Ronaldo was struggling.

Is their period of combined domination coming to and end, and will we see a ballon d'or winner who isn't one of them at the end of 2016?
 

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Ronaldo will always be up there. No doubt his best days are behind him though.
 

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Messi has been declining since 2012, Cr7 hasn't shown any signs of declining other than pace and freekicks.
 

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They will slow down and eventually be overtaken by younger up and coming guns, but right now they're both still the best 2. Ronaldo is getting on a bit, 30 years old now but although his pace has gone a bit he will still score plenty of goals because he knows where to be and is a natural finisher.
 

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if the stuff concerning ronaldo's knee is true, his decline may come soon.

impressive start to the season mind.
 

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Messi is only 28 isnt he? He has never relied on pace. Cant see him declining anytime soon.
 

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james Dean

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Would either of them be favourite for Ballon D'or 2016 right now? Messi has been average lately and was awful against Aletico. Ronaldo has been playing well especially in the CL but his team might not win a single trophy. Surely it's time someone like Muller, Lewandowski or even Suarez is given the nod ahead of either Messi or Ronaldo.
 

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Would either of them be favourite for Ballon D'or 2016 right now? Messi has been average lately and was awful against Aletico. Ronaldo has been playing well especially in the CL but his team might not win a single trophy. Surely it's time someone like Muller, Lewandowski or even Suarez is given the nod ahead of either Messi or Ronaldo.
They don't have to be impressive to win it, just keep starting for Barca/Madrid.

Since 2000 the winner has come from Barca/Madrid 13 times (Ronaldo at United, Zidane at Juventus and Kaka at Milan)

Hell, Bayern did the "Treble" in 2012-13 and Messi/Ronaldo still finished 1-2 like they have for the last 5 seasons.

Messi/Ronaldo/Suarez/Neymar. It won't be anyone else.

It's the most boring rigged award imaginable.
 

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Why wouldn't Messi and Ronaldo finish top 2? Anything else would be rigged and stupid.
 

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Messi 43 games, 38 goals
Ronaldo 43 games, 47 goals
Suarez 47 games, 45 goals
Lewandowski 44 games, 38 goals
Thomas Mueller 42 games, 29 goals
 

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Honestly, who cares when it all comes down to it. Football is a team game and team awards are the only ones that matter
 

james Dean

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Honestly, who cares when it all comes down to it. Football is a team game and team awards are the only ones that matter
Being crowned the best player in the world is no small matter. Quite often it is the best player on the best team who gets awarded this anyway.
 

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Being crowned the best player in the world is no small matter. Quite often it is the best player on the best team who gets awarded this anyway.
Wasn't the case in 2013 after Bayerns treble

IIRC the Italians in Buffon and Conte didn't bother voting because Buffon was excluded from the preliminary list, it shows how much they give a shit and I actually applaud their stance.
 

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