The top 100 footballers 2014
The Guardian published its annual list of top 100 footballers in 2014. Among the judges were HernĂ¡n Crespo, Gilberto Silva, Slaven Bilic and Dietmar Hamann.

Of course, among top 100, there is not a single player from our club. Undecided

It is the first time C. Ronaldo took the first place. Messi is 2nd and Neur 3rd.
the list is ridiculous, and im not saying that because there's no milan players.

mascherano over godin and ramos, xavi over pjanic, bony over mandzukic, casillas over anyone...
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I must admit that I have never heard of Roberto Firmino (the No. 4 player).
(01-01-2015, 03:44 AM)xudong Wrote: I must admit that I have never heard of Roberto Firmino (the No. 4 player).

Firmino's been linked to Milan during the past year actually (I think in the summer). He's been amazing at Hoffenheim, often playing up front just off the striker with freedom to roam.

Hoffenheim are also one of the most exciting Bundesliga sides, having an outstanding attack, but very leaky defence (a Zeman style side you might say).

Honestly, it's worth keeping an eye on Firmino, I can see him stepping up like Suarez did after leaving Ajax.
thanks for sharing your opinions, Dev. Okmilan
This whole list just shows how dominant are Messi and Ronaldo. Totally other class of players.
I don't like their teams but I am happy to watch these 2 guys, as for me they are the best ever. The only thing they are missing are world cup titles with their national teams, but club football is so intense now, with so many games that it is no wonder they cannot perform at the same level during the summer.
Not sure if anyone cares... :d

Quote:Cristiano Ronaldo wins Ballon d'Or for second straight year

Cristiano Ronaldo is officially the world's best player for the second straight year, as he received the 2014 Ballon d'Or on Monday night.

The Real Madrid and Portugal forward was awarded FIFA's top individual honour over Barcelona forward Lionel Messi and Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer.

Ronaldo, 29, took home the award for the third time in his career, after also winning it in 2008. He and Messi have been the only players to receive the award since then, with the Argentine earning the honour for four straight years from 2009 to 2012.

The Portuguese earned 37.66 percent of the votes, while Messi edged Neuer, 15.76 to 15.72 percent, for runner-up.

"I would like to thank all of those who voted for me," Ronaldo said as he accepted the award. "It has been an incredible year. I would like to continue the work that I have done so far. I want to try to improve, to become better as each day goes by.

"I never thought that I would bring this trophy back home on three occasions. I want to become one of the greatest players of all time. Of course, this requires a lot of effort and I hope to get there."

Ronaldo scored 61 goals last year for club and country and set a record by scoring 17 times in last season's Champions League, guiding Madrid to their 10th title, the long-awaited La Decima. He scored twice in the semifinals against Bayern Munich and the crowning goal in the final against Atletico Madrid.

This season, he has scored a remarkable 26 goals in 16 games in La Liga and an additional five goals in six Champions League games.

Ronaldo did have a relatively disappointing World Cup, scoring once in three games as Portugal were eliminated in the group stage after failing to beat Germany and the United States.

On hearing his name read out by French great Thierry Henry, the 29-year-old Ronaldo closed his eyes, dipped his head and smiled before walking to the stage.

"It has been an unforgettable year,'' Ronaldo said after taking a deep breath.

Earlier in Monday's ceremony, tennis star Rafael Nadal addressed Ronaldo in a video message, saying: "I want to congratulate you on the year you've had. I consider your drive and desire to improve on a daily basis a fantastic example for the younger generations."

Neuer was a key part of Germany's run to the World Cup title and received plaudits for his consistent willingness to leave his penalty area to clear loose balls.

Messi was awarded the Golden Ball at the World Cup after scoring four goals and playing a decisive role in taking Argentina to the final. He also became the all-time leading scorer in La Liga (259 goals) and the Champions League (75 goals) last year.

The Ballon d'Or was presented solely by France Football until 2009, and the publication joined with FIFA's World Player of the Year Award from the 2010 edition.

All three Ballon d'Or finalists were also named to the FIFPro World XI earlier on Monday.
I suppose I care but given the season he had, it was inevitable. Couple funny moments include his bizarre scream on stage.. And David Luiz being included in the Team of the Year Grinundwech
Siamo a posto cosi.