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'Messi Deserves Best Player Award More Than Ronaldo!'

'Lionel Messi Deserves Best Player Award More Than Cristiano Ronaldo!'

By Kurt Buckerfield - Aug 02, 2018 09:00 PM @KurtLaduma

With 2018 The Best FIFA Men's Player set to be announced next month, a high-profile football personality has explained why he believes FC Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi deserves the accolade more than Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo does.

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LaLiga commentator, award-winning author and journalist Graham Hunter has interviewed many of the world's most popular footballers, including the likes of Messi, Ronaldinho, Sergio Ramos and Iker Casillas, among others.

Soccer Laduma caught up with the Scotsman to discuss which players impressed him the most over the past season, and he went into great detail with his answer.

Hunter insisted that Messi is still the best in the world, and is definitely more deserving of The Best FIFA Men's Player prize than Ronaldo, who had a poor start to the 2017/18 campaign.

"Lionel Messi remains the best footballer on the planet by a margin of immense distance for almost every reason," he told Soccer Laduma (you can read the full interview in this week's newspaper, issue 1084).

"Not just for individual technical ability, but his performance, leadership, team play and ability to carry a team.

"The argument that can be given to him, and not by Cristiano Ronaldo, because Cristiano's high registers were incredible again and compensated for, you know, for a half year where it was impossible to recognise him.

"If we're talking about the guy who pound for pound this season merits it, then to say Cristiano would be false. He merits the fact that he and Real Madrid made history and won the Champions League again.

"And if you look beyond him, even if he didn't score in the final, you're looking the wrong way. But until January, February, you were scratching your head and wondering where's his touch gone, where's his timing gone, where's his confidence gone, and when you strip those away, because he's slightly different now physically at that age, and in terms of his participation in overall play, would you give him that award?"

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Messi scored 45 goals and assisted a further 18 strikes in 54 matches for Barca last season, while Ronaldo struck 44 times and set up eight goals in 44 games for Real in the same campaign.

You can read our double feature on Ronaldo's sensational move to Juventus, why he opted to leave and why he chose the Serie A side, in this week's issue of Soccer Laduma, edition 1084.


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KingT@91 Joined: 11 Aug 2018
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KingT@91 Aug 11, 2018 09:11 AM
Leadership?? What leadership?
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Babewami Joined: 09 Dec 2016
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Babewami Aug 09, 2018 07:23 PM
Ronaldo is the best whether you like it or not
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YIDO Joined: 12 Dec 2015
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YIDO Aug 08, 2018 04:03 PM
since the criteria in this forum is goals then the top three in Europe should be MESSI, SALAH & KANE for best player 2017/18 ... if we chatting about trophies won, then it should be KANTE of France he won the WORLD CUP in RUSSIA.
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YIDO Aug 08, 2018 03:56 PM
@Charisemmanuel@hotmail.co.za ... I agree with you 100% Kante has been overlooked for a few years now... George Weah of Liberia was once Footballer of the year, I don't think anyone African has won it since him.
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Lucky13 Joined: 26 Jun 2011
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Lucky13 Aug 05, 2018 06:51 PM
Ronaldo played 44 and scored 44,messi played 54 and scored 45 ,he played 10 matches less than messi.so this guy hates cr7.
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Makarina Aug 05, 2018 05:53 AM
This individual accolade is a real problem in this team sport. So we have players like Kroos and Modric playing for Cristiano Ronaldo and the likes of Iniesta and Xavi having played for Messi all these years. This is very tragic in this team sport.
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Nick#10 Joined: 08 Dec 2016
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Nick#10 Aug 05, 2018 12:33 AM
Messi has already won it
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Nick#10 Joined: 08 Dec 2016
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Nick#10 Aug 05, 2018 12:31 AM
Dankie sir well said how ish m loving this
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Ezequienho Joined: 15 Feb 2010
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Ezequienho Aug 04, 2018 08:13 PM
This guy is clueless; Ronaldo has already won 2017 accolade
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bugastan Aug 04, 2018 05:05 PM
U just hate Cr7 man.
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yanga kokstad Aug 04, 2018 01:15 PM
("Not just for individual technical ability, but his performance, leadership, team play and ability to carry a team.) is this guy talking about the same messy we know or he is high with something, cause as far as I know messy can't carry the team he does not have leadership skills as well and he always let down team his team when they need him the most.
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Zothani_Linda Aug 04, 2018 05:57 AM
Graham you're taking rubbish please sit down! MESSI had the worst year, c'mon now...
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Charisemmanuel@hotmail.co.za Aug 03, 2018 02:03 PM
Hai guys' who are the nominee's, Wats the criteria Bcs the world cup is still fresh n neither Messi nor Ronaldo was near. Has a Black player ever won this before? Ngolo Kante will not be a man's player ? Coz he is definitely mine.
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bobohmessi2 Aug 03, 2018 12:19 PM
@Breezy@1985 messi top goal score laliga,,spanish golden boots ,,top goal score in europe for sure he won european golden boots,,laliga tittle won,,,copa da rey won,,top assister in laliga,,,led argentina to world cup with a staning hat trick what alse do u expect frm ths man?this is an indivisualy award remamber not a team aawards we judge you on ur perfomence..for me messi diserve this award breezy
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Breezy@1985 Aug 03, 2018 11:14 AM
This guy is smoking his socks,CR7 scored in every UCl game besides the final,He started La-Liga late because of the injury he sustained during Euro with Portugal,Messi score 34 goals 8 more than Ranoldo ,Messi played 36 games and Ronaldo played 27,Messi played 9 games more,Messi will also assist more games because he plays in the Middle.We know our football,Messi won La-Liga and Kings-Cup,Ronaldo won a Record 3 UCl..Base on that you decide who should win
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George Hansen Joined: 03 Aug 2018
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George Hansen Aug 03, 2018 11:04 AM
You Ronaldo deserves for the added reason that tried more for his country at the world cup than messi. The guy may not play fancy football but he is hardworking and deserves the footballer of the Year than messi.
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Povie09 Joined: 02 Aug 2017
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Povie09 Aug 03, 2018 09:46 AM
To Messi he don't deserve it,one man team came on be fair, if you like Messi then keep you Messi
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alizebucs1986 Aug 03, 2018 09:22 AM
@prophet_ of course how can u be given the award for Best player while u played nonsense at the Biggest Tournaments
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alizebucs1986 Aug 03, 2018 09:02 AM
@nazzi the second u are Right Messi helped Barca early,which was 2017 and that time Ronaldo was serving a Suspension and not playing then came 2018 Messi was dead and Ronaldo ruled as usual
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prophet_ Joined: 19 Aug 2014
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prophet_ Aug 03, 2018 08:59 AM
Messi is weak, he plays in a weak league with only 3 good teams, laliga is like bundus can't be respected, premier is the best

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