Sunday, December 30, 2012

Best players of 2012

This is my personal list of favourite players of 2012:

  • 10) Cristiano Ronaldo: Ronaldo is one of the most gifted players of our time, but that is also what makes him so frustrating. He had a marvelous season for Real Madrid when they took the Spanish title, but it seems he only glows when things go well for the team. Perhaps it is a personality or attitude problem, but he will not become one of the best in the world even though he could.
  • 9) Miroslav Klose: At a time where you see more assholes than gentlemen in international football, Klose is a marvelous rarity. The veteran has done very well in Lazio, which is in second place in Serie A, but I mostly include him for a goal he scored against Napoli, where he got the referee to disallow it by pointing out to him that he had scored by hand! A true sportsman!
  • 8) Robbie van Persie: One of the most noted transfers was when Arsenal captain van Persie changed to Manchester United this summer. Both in Arsenal and in Manchester the Dutchman has been a goal machine, and he has been a huge contribution to Manchester United's first spot in the Premier League in the fall.
  • 7) Didier Drogba: One of the reasons that Chelsea has not been as good in the fall is the absence of Didier Drogba who retired to play in China after bringing glory to Chelsea by scoring both in the FA Cup final and in the Champions League final. He is not only missed by Chelsea fans but by any football fan who loved to see this absolutely brilliant striker!
  • 6) Zlatan Ibrahimovic: Ibrahimovic is a unique player. Which other player has given birth to a verb, "Zlatanera"?  He was scoring a lot of goals for AC Milan before his change to Paris St. Germain, where he is currently the top scoring player in the French League as Paris takes first spot. Also, he scored what is probably the most memorable goal of the year in a friendly match against England in November.
  • 5) Xavi: Xavi continues to be the mid-field general of both FC Barcelona and Spain, two of the best teams in the world, not least for his impressive vision.
  • 4) Radamel Falcao: The Colombian striker is perhaps the best striker in the world at the moment. In a revived Atletico Madrid side he has been a goal machine, leading them both to the Europa League title, the UEFA Supercup and a second place in the Spanish league, where his scoring record this season is only second to the mighty Messi.
  • 3) Andrea Pirlo: When the Italian veteran changed from AC Milan to Juventus in 2011 it seemed as if he were reborn. He was the outstanding midfield general on a side that in 2012 went on to win their first Serie A title since 2003, and in the Euro 2012 he was simply superb in leading an Italian side that played a more offensive football than other Italian sides was playing. He would have been the best player of the tournament had he not been dwarfed by the mighty Spanish in the final.
  • 2) Andres Iniesta: It is a pity that the brilliant and elegant Andres Iniesta still has often suffered from injuries during the year, as this prevents fans from admiring one of the greatest players of time. In FC Barcelona he still is outstanding and it was fully deserved when he was awarded the prize of best player of the tournament, as well as his award as UEFA best player of the year, ahead of his team-mate Lionel Messi!
  • 1) Lionel Messi: There is no way around it. This has probably been the best year for Lionel Messi ever (in spite of an absence of titles, with only the Copa del Rey). He was simply unstoppable in scoring goals, making it to 91 goals in the year, breaking legendary Gerd Muller's record. These goals have not only come for Barcelona, but also for the Argentine national team, where he seems to have finally become good after many years of disappointing.

6 comments:

El Erik said...

A pretty cool video of Messi's 91 goals:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/football/players/lionel-messi/9767102/Lionel-Messis-record-breaking-2012-watch-every-one-of-the-Barcelona-forwards-91-goals.html

Stig Nygaard said...

Hvor er Bendtner? ;-)

Anonymous said...

Erik,
When I was a kid we had a player, Niels, at our team - I think he scored over 100 goals in one season (at least he scored 21 goals in one match) - still he didn't become the best player in the world. (Although we really thought he was in our little world).

Messi had a fantactic 2012, but the title he won was also won by Iniesta; who additionally won the European Championship.

You often say that the Spanish league is a two-team league - maybe thats the reason Messi could score so many goals. I mean if Messi had played for FC Copenhagen he would probably had scored many more goals. 91 goals in the Spanish league is impressive, but I think that Iniesta should have won this year - to celebrate one that made a difference on the way to a major title.

all the best,
jim

El Erik said...
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El Erik said...

I largely agree, but Messi's goals have not only been with Barcelona, but also with Argentina. In my view Messi has excelled more than any other season by taking a more responsible role anywhere he plays.
Iniesta is an incredible player, but in particular for Barcelona he has been injured quite often, and I believe Spain would clearly even without him. It is not a question of titles, but how much a player has excelled for me.

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