Tuesday, December 2, 2014

2014, a golden year for Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the three players shortlisted for the 2014 Ballon d'Or and many people see him as the favourite to win the gong, thereby retaining his title as the best player in the world.
The 29-year-old has had a spectacular year, full of trophies and individual awards. His credentials include lifting the UEFA Super Cup, with Real Madrid defeating Sevilla in the final. The Portuguese was decisive in that match, scoring the game's only two goals.
And that trophy is one of a few competitions he won with 'Los Blancos' this year. Real Madrid also captured the Copa del Rey in 2014. CR7 couldn't feature in the final against Barcelona at the Mestalla because of an injury, but he made a significant contribution to his team lifting the cup, scoring three goals in earlier rounds.
The team's biggest achievement came in May. Real Madrid faced up to Atlético de Madrid in the Champions League final and eventually clinched their long-awaited tenth European crown after forcing the game into extra time. Cristiano Ronaldo got himself on the scoresheet with a well-dispatched penalty, giving him a total of 17 goals in the 2013-14 edition of the Champions League - a new record for the competition.
The Portuguese ended the 2013-14 La Liga season with 31 goals, making him the top goalscorer in Europe, alongside Luis Suárez, who also scored 31 goals for Liverpool.