Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
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
Ballon d'Or: Ronaldo or Toni? Euro 2008 Will Decide
Goal.com, April 29th, 2008 6PM

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

With 38 goals in all competitions, and having scored most of them as an outside winger, Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo is the odds-on favorite to win the Ballon d'Or (Golden Ball) for 2008. His stiffest competition will be Bayern Munich's Luca Toni, who is having an equally stunning campaign, having found the net 36 times in all competitions. Toni has already led his team to the German Cup title, the Bundesliga title is all but a mathematical certainty, and his team is also still in the UEFA Cup semifinals. Ronaldo's team, meanwhile, must win its remaining two games to be assured of the English Premier League title, and must beat Barcelona at Old Trafford to reach the UEFA Champions League final.

In the end, Italian papers claim that the fate of the prestigious award may come down to which player has a better tournament at the European Championship in Austria and Switzerland in June, as in the past, big performances at major international tournaments count the most in deciding who wins the Golden Ball (former European Player of the Year) and World Player of the Year awards.

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
Five Lessons to Prepare for College Soccer    
Ed McLaughlin, the Athletic Director at Virginia Commonwealth who has been involved in college athletics for ...
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 ...
Chivas USA Youth Players Face Murky Future    
Chivas USA, which folded after the 2014 season, had one of the MLS's most ambitious youth ...
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 ...
Mourinho Questions Man City's Transfer Policy     
Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho suggested that rival Manchester City is not adhering to UEFA's Financial Fair ...
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 ...
>> Section 2 Around the Net Archives