When the announcement was made Barcelona coach Luis Enrique immediately suggested that Ronaldo did not belong in the group, and that it should have been Barca’s attacking trio of Messi, Neymar and Suarez instead. Do you agree or disagree with Enrique’s comment?
Interestingly, Neymar was fifth in the voting, compiled by journalists from UEFA’s 54 associations, with Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon in fourth. The winner will be announced in Monaco on August 27.
Ronaldo finished as leading goalscorer in La Liga, scoring a personal record high of 48 league goals, and was also the joint-top marksman in the UEFA Champions League. His overall output of 61 goals was a new career record and he leafrogged Real legend Alfredo Di Stefano to become the club’s second highest scorer ever, behind Raul.
Despite finishing the campaign with three consecutive hat-tricks, Ronaldo’s team didn’t win any major silverware.
The clear favourite to lift this year’s award is Messi. The Argentine broke Telmo Zarra’s record of 251 La Liga goals and finished Barcelona’s treble-winning campaign with 58 goals and 31 assists.
He scored a brace in the Copa del Rey final, netted 43 times in La Liga – only bettered by Ronaldo – and was joint-top marksman in the Champions League, along with the Portuguese and Neymar.
Suarez completes the three finalists after scoring 25 goals and assisting a further 24 in his first season at Camp Nou. Despite missing the first two months due to his ban by FIFA, the Uruguayan became an instrumental part of Barcelona’s attackig trio that ended up with 122 goals in competitions.
His best games were at Manchester City and at Paris Saint-Germain, where he each scored a brace, and he also scored the important 2-1 in the Champions League final against Juventus.