The Balon D’Or will be given on Monday. The award is not necessarily known for its fairness at the time of being awarded but more people than ever think Cristiano should take it this year. Here are my arguments.
The first game of the year did not start great for Real Madrid. Down to 10 men since the 6th minute and 2-2 in the 67th minute at home against la Real Sociedad. Cristiano pushed the team and scored a brace in just two minutes to award Real Madrid the three points.
After losing the first leg of Copa del Rey to Celta 2-1, Real Madrid needed a victory to move onto the next round. Cristiano did not disappoint and contributed with a hattrick and one assist to give Real Madrid the golden ticket. During the game, Cristiano clashed with Celta’s youngster Hugo Mallo who had to leave the pitch injured after the clash. Hugo’s injury ended up being serious but Cristiano brought him a little bit of sunshine.
Hugo Mallo “Cristiano has had a very nice gesture, I will never forget it, thank you very much Cristiano”, “Cristiano has been very close to me, like if we were lifelong friends, he’s a crack”
Next key game of the year was in Mestalla against Valencia. Cristiano scored a brace and assisted another goal.
Against Getafe in the first derbi of the year Cristiano scored a perfect hattrick. A header, a goal with his right foot and another one with his left. In this game Cristiano ran the whole pitch in about 10 seconds to send the ball to the back of the net.
On February 2nd came Cristiano’s worst game of the year: He scored an own goal for Granada and that was unfortunately the only goal of the game. Real Madrid lost 1-0 to Granada and despite the anger he must have felt, he had a nice memorable gesture with a little one at the end of the game.
Early in the year Cristiano Ronaldo became an ambassador for Save the Children.
“All around the world I have to deal with my fame. I can’t go anywhere without being recognized, which can be very hard — but doing this, I can use that fame. It is such a great feeling. This is what I want to do when I finish my career, to do something in the future even bigger than this.”
In that same interview Cristiano was asked about the insults some stadiums in Spain chant towards him and responded with these words:
“It’s not good for children to hear the things they sing in stadiums. It’s just a football match and people should be going to a football stadium to enjoy the show and not insult or threaten the players”
Against Sevilla Cristiano had another memorable game. He scored a hattrick, two of those three goals with his bad foot. That made it 20 hattricks for CR in Real Madrid, 17 in Liga making him the 4th top hattrick scorer in the history of La Liga. Furthermore Cristiano became the 6th ALL-TIME top scorer for Real Madrid. 182 goals in 179 games.
Cristiano Ronaldo faced his former team Manchester United for the first time in 2013. Before the kick off, Cristiano donated 100 000 euros that were awarded to him by the UEFA for making the team of the year.
You could say Cristiano “flew” past this game. His former coach, Sir Alex, had nothing but good words for his former pupil. This is how Sir Alex experienced Cristiano’s goal
“I said to Patrice Evra at half-time, ‘why didn’t you challenge him?’ and then I saw the replays,” Ferguson said. “It was then that I thought, ‘what was I talking about?’
“I felt a bit stupid because, on the replay, Cristiano’s knee is about as high as Evra’s head – phenomenal”
In the clásico against Barcelona in Copa del Rey following this game against United, Cristiano scored a brace… he became the first player to score in 6 consecutive games away in the history of clasicos.
In March, Cristiano scored his 138 goal in La Liga, this earned him a place in the top 25 goalscorers in the history of La Liga in just 127 games, recording an average of 1.08 goals per game, the highest of all the top 25 goalscorers
In March 2013, Ronaldo agreed to be the ambassador for The Mangrove Care Forum in Indonesia. The forum aims to raise awareness to the Indonesian and international community of the importance of conserving biodiversity and ecosystem of mangroves in the South Bay of Benoa, Bali.
In April, Cristiano became the first player in Real Madrid’s history to score more than 30 goals for three straight seasons. He currently has 20 goals in Liga in the 2013/14 season which leads to think that the fourth straight season is just around the corner.
In 2013 Cristiano Ronaldo scored the most goals he had ever scored in a calendar year. 69. He surpassed his record of the previous year of 63 goals and the 2011 record of 60 goals.
UEFA Champions League top scorer 2012/13
Cristiano single-handedly sent Portugal to the World Cup after scoring four goals against Sweden in the play-offs. In 2013 Cristiano surpassed Eusebio and tied Pauleta as the all-time Portuguese top scorer. One more goal and Cristiano will write his name at the highest of Portuguese football history. In 2013 he scored a total of ten goals in nine games.
This year Cristiano broke Messi’s record of more goals in Champions League in the calendar year. Messi scored 13 goals in 2012 and Cristiano scored his 14th goal against Juventus which meant the equalizer for Real Madrid.
His 230 goals in 221 games have placed Cristiano in the fifth spot of all-time top scorers in Real Madrid. 1.04 goals per game. He has accomplished to reach the 5th spot in just 5 years. He is 12 goals shy from Puskas who occupies the spot number 4. Puskas played for Real Madrid for eight years and has the second best scoring average -after Cristiano- in the history of Real Madrid (0.92).
In 2013 Cristiano broke another record for Real Madrid in Champions. With 12 goals scored in the 2012/13 campaign, Cristiano has the most goals scored in a single Champions League season.
Cristiano scored eight hattricks in 2013: He scored his first hattrick ever for Portugal against Northern Ireland and because he couldn’t get enough, he scored another hattrick against Sweden.
La Liga 2012/13 LFP MVP
World Soccer Player of the Year
Globe Best Footballer
Most consecutive UEFA Champions League matches scored in
Most goals scored in the UEFA Champions League group stage: 9 goals