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Messi Beats Ronaldo To La Liga Best Player Award

Lionel Messi Beats Cristiano Ronaldo To La Liga Best Player Award

By Kurt Buckerfield - Dec 19, 2017 09:29 AM @KurtLaduma

Despite Cristiano Ronaldo guiding Real Madrid to their first title since 2012 in the recent campaign, FC Barcelona’s Lionel Messi beat him to Marca’s La Liga best player award.

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The Argentine was awarded his prize by the publication on Monday night in the city of Barcelona, where he also won the Alfredo di Stefano Trophy.

Despite the Catalan club losing their La Liga crown to bitter rivals Los Blancos in the 2016/17 season, Messi was sublime throughout the campaign.

The 30-year-old scored 37 league goals and created a further 12 strikes in just 34 games for his club last season, while Ronaldo hit the back of the net on just 25 occasions and set up a further six goals.

Messi, who has carried his form into this season, is delighted with Marca’s recognition after winning the award.

"I already have several," he said, according to the publication.

"Before the trophy was different, bigger and heavier.

"I'm happy to receive it again and I want to thank MARCA for this recognition."

Other award winners:

Jan Oblak – the Zamora award

Iago Aspas – the Zarra award

Mendilibar and Garitano – The Miguel Munoz Prize.

Martinez Munuera – Guruceta award

Andres Iniesta – Spain’s MVP

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Atletico Nacional were awarded the Jarque / Puerta trophy for giving the title of the Copa Sudamericana to Chapecoense after the air tragedy.

Do you think Messi was deserving of the award? Let us know in the comments section below. 


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Ezequienho Joined: 15 Feb 2010
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Ezequienho Dec 20, 2017 08:05 AM
Madrid won the league but none of their players won anything here. WTF?
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Faysal Joined: 14 Feb 2011
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Faysal Dec 19, 2017 09:05 PM
The best and stil messi is gone win more ballons and fifas awards next few years
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JOMMAK Joined: 25 Aug 2017
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JOMMAK Dec 19, 2017 06:00 PM
Is this@the best one Khompela in disguise trying to justify something as he always does with some attempted big English?
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JOMMAK Joined: 25 Aug 2017
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JOMMAK Dec 19, 2017 05:53 PM
Now that's a real award...not some Penald'or awards voted on by orny teenage girls on face book who know nothing about football
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Flipping lyf Dec 19, 2017 03:03 PM
Cr7 is a best player in the world number's speak volume king hater's u wont find inner as long as he's still playing u wil have a wound that wil never be treated
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Fishlas7 Dec 19, 2017 02:16 PM
Is it that hard to congratulate the awardees? It's hard being a Penaldo fan these days, one has to publish a novel on the comment section to try convince people that penaldo is better than GOAT.
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BucsEternally Dec 19, 2017 01:23 PM
@The_Best_One Salute To You Sir For Once I Can Now Admit Ronaldo's Argument But One Thing For Sure Ronaldo Relies More On His Team Mates Than Messi Because Being Good Off The Ball Is Average Without Supply From Team Mates Who Can Read Your Movements Hence Messi Is The Best To Me Because Unlike Ronaldo,Messi Makes Things Happen And He Is So Good He Does'nt Have To Fake His Off The Ball Movements But Still Get The Better Of Defenders!
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timelessmessi Dec 19, 2017 01:21 PM
Man United of 1999-2008 was domint in Europe a player of Messi's calibre would easily exell like Ronaldo did change from best team to another best team which real galactico Madrid imagine Messi goes to men city now or psg or bayen he will suply outshine everyone the team is best he is above everyone so if you compare him to Maradona as came to Naples then you talk of Maradona greatness take a small team among Milan teams and juventas is great achievement
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timelessmessi Dec 19, 2017 01:05 PM
@The_Best_One u sounded like Zuma the president in his last speech as an ANC president you had fair introduction your addition is more justifying one player's way of play defending him in many ways naymer came and left xavi left too Iniesta is always on the side line this but fcBarcelona with new faces in squad is doing well with him Suarez struggling with vervede New tactical approach to me that is real as a team that make him yes he is fantastic but I go back to that with Kroos, modrimodric out of form you get Ronaldo with 6 goals in 12 matches club world cup is a testimony of what I'm trying to xplain modric man of the tournament wich means creativity,pressure of ball suply helps him a lot
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BucsEternally Dec 19, 2017 01:02 PM
Penaldo Won't Win Any Award Without Real Madrid While Messi Is Still Getting Recognition Despite Barca's Bad Season!
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BucsEternally Dec 19, 2017 01:01 PM
Penaldo Won't Win Any Award Without Real Madrid While Messi Is Still Getting Recognition Despite Barca's Bad Season But Idiots Will Always Call Penaldo The Best!
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winner Dec 19, 2017 12:44 PM
Congratulations! He did very well, he deserves it...
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besttriomsn@gmail.com Dec 19, 2017 12:13 PM
@The_Best_One lol Ronaldo fan.....But hey your comment is spot on
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Schweinstriker_31 Dec 19, 2017 11:35 AM
even if doesn't win any individual award messi will remain as the best player in the world
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Myaka weliPhefeni Dec 19, 2017 11:28 AM
Two mens war in spain alwayz is between Messi and Ronaldo
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The_Best_One Dec 19, 2017 11:20 AM
Messi’s game is very, very easy on the eyes, especially to amateur football fans. That’s because Messi is the type of footballer who excels with the ball at his feet. When he has the ball, Messi the magician is the undisputed best in the world: he dribbles, he scores, and he provides the killer pass to serve goals on a platter for his teammates to score. With the ball, there’s no better footballer in the world, not even Cristiano. It has been that way since he’s burst into the football world under Pep Guardiola. However, there’s a key weakness of Pep’s all-conquering Barça, which people found out the hard way: without the ball, Messi can’t dominate matches. Cut off his ball supply, through close marking, dominating the midfield, or high pressing and counter-pressing and you cut off nearly all of his potency. That’s why Barça had to spend a lot to buy Neymar and Suarez to stop people from ganging up on Messi. There are 22 players on the football field, and only one of them can have the ball at any given time. That’s why there’s another very important part of the game: off-the-ball movement. Because Messi’s skill with the ball is so good, it masks his insufficiently developed off-the-ball movement for a player of his caliber. For which I blame Pep. In Barcelona’s games, it has always been all about space, space, space. Their off-the-ball skill involves creating space and moving into space, and amazingly, that’s it. Once upon a time, Cristiano was also a footballer who loved having the ball at his feet. To be fair, his stepovers surprised a lot of defenders back then, and his pace allowed him to punish the defense’s even tiniest mistake. But football evolved, Messi emerged, defenders took notice, his pace slowed, and Ronaldo knew that relying solely on his skills as a mere mortal he could never compete for the title of the best. That’s why he evolved into the unorthodox winger/striker with probably the best off-the-ball movement in the world, especially near and inside the penalty box. In a way, that was a natural evolution of his stepover: he naturally moves into blind spots of defenders, and with fake movements shifts into deadly position, unmarked, where with a single pass he could cause maximum havoc. Because he often managed to do that when there were three to four defenders surrounding him, it took a genius level of brain, skill, and physical abilities to do it so consistently at such a high level as Cristiano Ronaldo has done the last few years. People without adequate off-the-ball understanding of football knowledge would undoubtedly dismiss his crazy skills within the box as simple “tap-ins”, but they have never been able to explain why even top-class defenses the like of Juventus, Bayern and Atletico allowed him to move so freely into such dangerous positions in the first place. For sure, off-the-ball movements do not look as beautiful to untrained eyes as Messi’s insane dribbling, multiple take-ons, long-range finishes, or his killer passes, mainly because in TV matches the camera man always focuses on the ball. However, off-the-ball skills are often as important, if not more, to his team and to football itself. Which brings us back to the original question. Has Cristiano surpassed Messi? That is a dumb question, because they are two very different kinds of footballers. Messi is the world’s best when it comes to what he can do having the ball at his feet, while Cristiano Ronaldo is the best in the world when it comes to off-the-ball movement near the penalty area. Ronaldo has been very decisive lately, because 1) he was very effectively and carefully managed by Real’s coach, Zinedine Zidane, allowing him to have that last ounce of pace when he truly needs it, and 2) unlike his physical body which gets worse as he ages, he’s got even better in how he moves. Still, they are very different types of footballers, and saying which one is better than the other one is often the result of ignorance of how football works, or simply fan-speak. They are, frankly, incomparable. ______________________________ __________ EDIT: A small update: apparently some people leaving comments on this answer do not know the different between good off-the-ball movement and great off-the-ball movement. There are three main types of off-the-ball attacking movements: 1) beating the offside trap, 2) dragging the defense out of shape, and 3) “ghosting” through the defense undetected into dangerous positions. The first type of off-the-ball movement, beating the offside trap, is a skill every great striker must master if he is to have a scoring chance anywhere near the penalty box. Every great striker can consistently beat the offside trap: Suarez, Lewandowski, Aguero, et cetera. That’s the basic off-the-ball movement. The second type of off-the-ball movement, dragging the defense out of shape to create space for your team, is a teamwork skill most strikers must also master - even those who do not bear their team’s main goal scoring burden like Karim Benzema. The third type is far more rare, and is generally considered the dark art of top top class strikers like Cristiano Ronaldo: the ability to essentially “ghost” through three or four defenders while they are, for a tiny fraction of second, looking at the ball instead of him. You see, humans generally have a quite limited field of vision, which is about 120 degrees - the remaining 240 degrees are called the blind spot. A defender has two jobs: watch the man he is supposed to mark, while simultaneously being aware of where the ball is. And no, you can’t mark a person without knowing where the ball is. So a top-class defender would take a split second to look at his marked man, try to predict his movements, and then look at the ball to shield it and cut it off from his man. This is where the genius of CR7 comes in: he fakes his movements precisely the moment the defender(s) look at him, then moves into their blind spot when they look away, essentially creating space for himself, since that defender is still busy marking a person who is no longer there. If you watch the video in the comment by Hector Castaneda, you can see that Messi almost never fakes his off-the-ball movements - what he always does is spot acres of spaces and move straight into those spaces, relying on his great acceleration and vision. That, however, would not be so good against top-tier defense with great defensive shape and little space to exploit, or well-drilled and disciplined defenses such as that of minnows Celta Vigo, Málaga, Deportivo Alavés. What made CR7 a genius is the fact that he could do all that within a fraction of a second, against multiple world-class defenders no less, and consistently at a very high level every week. It wasn’t because the defense of Juve, Bayern, Atletico suddenly decided to become incompetent against him; it was his best-of-this-world ability to confuse their defense without the ball that turned them into an incompetent mess. Edit 2: Chima Vin Egwu in the comment section suggested that Ronaldo could be described as a “poacher”. That is incorrect. A poacher is someone who stays nearly permanently around the opposing team’s penalty box to hunt for goals, and goals only. Someone like Fillipo Inzaghi, whom Sir Alex Ferguson has humorously described as “born offside”. Inzaghi famously scored 46 goals in 81 Champions League appearances and he’s never registered an assist. Cristiano Ronaldo, meanwhile, currently leads the all-time UEFA Champion League assist table with 31 assists. That’s not how a poacher works. Have you asked yourself why? The job of a poacher is to circle around the penalty area like a vulture, and to punish the opposition defense’s every smallest mistake with great finishing skill. If you make mistakes against a poacher, you’re going to be severely punished with goals. That’s also why they are not great at assisting - since it’s likely that the poacher is the only person around the defense to exploit their mistakes, and often the last person in front of the goalkeeper. It is also noteworthy that a great poacher always punishes a defender’s mistakes, but cannot force a great defender to make mistakes. And that’s the genius of Cristiano Ronaldo
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lulikho Joined: 08 Aug 2013
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lulikho Dec 19, 2017 11:10 AM
Forget Messi & CR7...but why Iniesta won? Isco was way better....
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Golden Boots Joined: 08 Feb 2015
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Golden Boots Dec 19, 2017 10:48 AM
No news here, Messi is the best player period. Only cows would differ, even if Barça didn't win La Liga he's wonderful!
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Dumisani@in.com Dec 19, 2017 10:16 AM
He can win everything in Laliga dat is where he can be de bst. I'm starting to worry about de awards given to Iniestar, last season he was not at his best in de league but everytime is getting awards.

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