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Oh the media monkeys and their junket junkies will invite you to their plastic pantomime. Throw their invites away.

Ronaldo Wins the Ballon d’Or

cronaldohotpantsFrance Football has announced the 2008 Ballon d’Or winner, Cristiano Ronaldo.  The Manchester United winger scored 42 goals in 46 appearances, leading United to domestic and European glory.  He earned 77 out of 96 first place votes and 446 points from a possible 480.  Lionel Messi and Fernando Torres were runners up.

In keeping with the English football tradition, here is some meaningless historical context.  Ronaldo becomes the first English-based player to win the award since Michael Owen in 2001.  He is the first Manchester United player to win since the appropriately named George Best in 1968.  He also joins Eusebio and Luis Figo, as the third Portuguese player to win it.

Ronaldo undoubtedly deserved this award.  He excelled individually, and, contrasting Torres and Messi, his effort led to success for his club.  Ronaldo had a subpar Euro 2008, but previous winner Kaka didn’t deign to appear at Copa America so that should not disqualify him.

Ronaldo may be a cocksure bastard and a pantomime villain.  He wears hot pants in public.  He gets overrated by the English language media for playing in the Premier League.  His muse is himself rather than the team.

That said, in an era overrun by physical marvels and negative tactics, Ronaldo is a true individualist.  For all his faults, he’s dynamic, entertaining and a novelty and, at least last season, the best player in Europe.

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