Always a bridesmaid, never a bride. Lionel Messi has come runner up to both Kaka and Cristiano Ronaldo for the top individual player awards but has yet to scoop one himself.

This week there has been much talk about the World XI he picked which included Rio Ferdinand and Wayne Rooney. However, Ronaldo’s name was missing. A tad bitter?

Then the following day, Robinho decided to have a pop. “The Brazilian Ronaldo is a phenomenon,” said Robinho. “Cristiano Ronaldo is a great player but he is not a phenomenon.”

The day after that, Ronaldo writes off his Ferrari and judging by the pictures, is incredibly lucky to escape unscathed!

Is there anything that could cheer poor Ronnie up this week?

Ahead of the FIFA World Player of the Year being announced next week, a fan poll has been taken across 185 countries in the World over who they believe is deserving. A massive 35% voted for Ronaldo with Messi in second with 17%.

Will he win the real prize on Monday?