When Kaka was named European and World Player of the Year last season, I argued that they’d got the wrong player. In 06-07, Cristiano Ronaldo had a superior number of both goals and assists to Kaka, despite playing in fewer games. Ronaldo was doing the business for United week in week out in the league, whilst Kaka did little to stop AC Milan’s poor domestic campaign, although because of his impressive performances in the Champions League, he was was deemed the best in the World. When AC Milan won the European Cup, the fact they’d finishing 4th in the league mattered little, Kaka was the man.
Last season, whether United had won the Champions League or not, it would be hard to ignore Ronaldo’s achievements. 42 goals in 48 games is an amazing record, particularly when considering he spent most of the season out on the right. However, the fact he scored United’s goal in their Champions League winning final against Chelsea must almost certainly confirm him as the player awards.
So what does Ronaldo think about it?
There were times over the summer where I feared that when we finally had created another best player in the World, the first since George Best in 1968, that he would be wearing a Real Madrid shirt by the time he was awarded the prize.
Now we know that won’t be the case though, with Ronaldo committing his future to United for the time being.
He has today responded to questions on his feelings about winning the World Player of the Year, which Ronaldo, modest as ever, says he believes he deserves.
“I think that I had very positive campaign last season,” said Ronaldo. “It would be a dream that becomes reality to win it. Not any player has done what I did last season. I believe I can win it this year.”
Can you see there being any way Ronnie won’t scoop these awards?