Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySoccer World DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America ClassifiedsGame Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
World's Best Player to be Ignored
World Soccer, November 20th, 2007 5:30PM

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

It's awards season in the soccer world. On Dec. 2, France Football's Golden Ball (the former European Player of the Year award now open to players from any league in the world) will be handed out followed soon thereafter by FIFA's World Player of the Year. AC Milan forward Kaka is widely expected to sweep both awards, with honorable mentions going to Barcelona's Lionel Messi and Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo. All are fantastic players, but World Soccer's Gavin Hamilton laments that due to the Euro-centric approach of both awards, one worthy figure will surely be left out.

Few would dispute that Juan Roman Riquelme had the best season of his career in 2007. Playing for Boca Juniors at the end of last season in his native Argentina, Riquelme led the Buenos Aires club to the Copa Libertadores title -- South America's equivalent to Europe's Champions
League -- scoring a tournament-high eight goals as a central midfielder. He was also voted the competition's most valuable player.

Riquelme has been no less spectacular for Argentina. During this summer's Copa America, Riquelme was the fulcrum of an Argentina attack praised around the world for the quality of its play. He led Argentina to the final, where it was disappointingly out-muscled by Brazil, but once again he was named that tournament's most valuable player. Riquelme continues to play outstanding soccer for Argentina in World Cup qualifying, but he has yet to play professional club soccer this
season due to a falling out with Spanish club Villarreal's management. Unfortunately, that row—and the growing influence of UEFA's Champion's League over the end of year awards -- will deprive what Hamilton feels to be the world's best player from receiving his due honors.

Read the original story...



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Section 2 Around the Net
Youth soccer fights back against 49ers    
Northern California youth soccer advocates, including Santa Clara Youth Soccer League President Tino Silva, have launched ...
Cal South TOPSoccer Program Turns 25    
"We're all soccer players, special needs or not," says Sandy Castillo, chair of the Cal South ...
How Neymar Played in Childhood     
Neyrmar: "I used to pick up the ball, set up the furniture and go around dribbling ...
Roma Partnering with U.S. Youth Clubs    
Italian Serie A club Roma, which has American ownership, aims to forge partnerships with seven U.S. ...
LVG: Falcao "Has to Prove Himself"    
Manchester United coach Louis van Gaal has responded to criticism over dropping Radamel Falcao by claiming ...
Report: Adidas to Assist Messi Move?    
According to Spanish sports daily AS, Lionel Messi's sponsor Adidas could be the key to the ...
Toure Admits Man City Future in Doubt     
Speaking ahead of the opening games of the African Nations' Cup in Equatorial Guinea this weekend, ...
Ronaldo Blasts 'Defensive' Atleti Tactics    
Cristiano Ronaldo blasted Atletico Madrid for its unattractive style after the Rojiblancos ousted Real Madrid from ...
Fabian Johnson's 'Spat' with 'Gladbach Coach Favre    
According to Bild, USA defender Fabian Johnson is in a "spat" with Borussia Monchengladbach coach Lucien ...
Serie A to Introduce Goal-Line Technology     
Serie A will introduce goal-line technology next season after the Italian soccer federation (FIGC) gave its ...
>> Section 2 Around the Net Archives