(Original post by bammy jastard 27)
Yeah, he's not been too great this calendar year, Messi will probably take the throne back again.
I guess it was nice to break the Messi dominance for a year. I think Ronaldo's comments to blatter probably helped him win the balon d'or tbh. It gave him more publicity, add to that his performance against sweden around the same time and a good run of form while Messi then gets injured et voila. Very smart from him tbh.
Hopefully it gives him some more confidence to actually run the real Messi for the award this year, otherwise it'll just be a mismatch like it was last year.
If Messi gets back to 100% fitness, it would take CR a lot to beat him, number-wise, aesthetics-wise, reception-wise and title-wise - perhaps winning la decima, winning or getting very far in the world cup etc could do the trick, but that doesn't seem very likely.
Additionally, if Argentina beats Brazil, Germany and Spain to the world cup trophy, that's Messi's legend status set and the "who is the best player ever" question answered for many, including "experts", which probably would put most of the Messi or CR7 debates to an end.
No doubt CR's comments about Blatter and the media campaign that followed made the difference, many who don't know how the BD works think Messi only won so often because Blatter decides the winner anyway, so Blatter's and CR's comments gave those theories a fertile ground. The Sweden hat trick, reopening the voting half an hour after the game (lol) and some voters being bored with seeing Messi win anyway did the rest.
One thing CR could work on this year is adding more dimensions to his team play in the final third, e.g. passing not shooting when in doubt. His conversion rate is quite bad compared to other top strikers/forwards:
In the final third, CR takes more or less every opportunity to shoot and hopes it turns into a goal. He's a good dribbler, so he has the means to improve that, but ideally he would make use of his team mates more, that would improve his assists numbers, destroy his selfish image and make RM more multi-dimensional.