Saturday, March 20, 2010

Best of the best?

Hello all! Been away for a week but I'm back and ready to go. Over that past two weeks we have seen the the progression of Manchester United, Bayern Munich, Inter Milian, Arsenal, Barcalona, Bordeaux, Lyon and CSKA Moscow to the quarter finals of the Champions Leauge. During the round of 16 footy fans had the opporunity to watch the top 3 contenders of best player in the world in Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, and Wayne Rooney.

When this season began way back in August this was for the most part a two horse race between Ronaldo (2008 World Player of thr year) and Messi (2009 World Player of the year). There was concensus, including yours truly that this was Messi's world and we were all just living in it. Ronaldo was a close second and then there was a few guys that were a far ways away from the top two. Rooney was considered to be in that second tier.

However with Ronaldo gone to Real Madrid in the summer Rooney was placed up front in the Manchester United attack, allowing him showcase all of his wonderful skills. In total Rooney leads all European scorers with 31 goals in all competitions, and he has evolved into an all around attacking threat that frankly has keeped Man Utd in the title chase in the Permier Leauge.

After scoring two goals against AC Milian at the San Siro England Teammate David Beckham claimed of Rooney "Without a doubt he is one of the best players, if not the best, in the world at the moment with Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi." Rooney will also be the anchor of the England World Cup hopes in South Africa.

So after all that is Rooney assuming the title of Best player in the world? The long and short of it is....No.

Messi is still the best player in the world and if you do not believe me please watch the below highlight package of his hat trick against Valencia last week.

Messi is simply mesmorizing on the ball, he clearly makes everyone around him better and clearly no one can match him one on one in the box, watch the 1st goal. Look out tomorrow for the my full case for Messi.


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