One of the three best players for 2014 will win the most coveted individual prize in #Football tonight.
The winner will be announced at a glittering ceremony in Zurich tonight and between the three it is hard to pick a winner.
Without a world cup last year it would be hard to see the competition not being a complete split between Ronaldo and Messi. Neuer’s performances at the world cup were a testament to the keeper’s ability and really showed why he is the best goalie in the world.
Although being a world cup winner gives you a very strong case there is no arguing about Ronaldo’s stats and the fantastic year he had. The Portuguese captain had a mightily impressive medal haul, claiming the UEFA Champions League, Copa Del Rey, UEFA Super Cup and the Club World Cup. He also hit a stunning 53 goals in 42 games, 17 of those coming in the Champions League. The Real Madrid forward is arguably the favourite.
Barcelona’s Lionel Messi wasn’t able to get his hands on any silverware last year but did reach the World cup final with Argentina and was controversially named player of the tournament. A disappointing season obviously. It was a topsy turvy season for Messi, but he was still able to hit an incredible 49 goals in 53 games.
Manuel Neuer was already regarded by many as the world’s best goalkeeper but after winning the World Cup with Germany he strengthened his claim, as he showed what a beast he is. A powerful, commanding presence in goal, but still with a silky touch averaging 45 touches per game. As well as winning the World Cup he was also part of the Bayern Munich team which won a domestic double, with Neuer keeping 24 clean sheets in 44 games.
We will also find out the winner of the Puskas award tonight (Goal of the year). Two great World cup strikes, from Robin Van Persie and James Rodriguez and a stunning volley from Stephanie Roche make up the list.
The women’s player of the year will also be revealed. Germany’s Nadine Kessler, USA’s Abby Wambach and Brazil’s Marta will try to win the award.
It is also a big night for coaches with so little to pick between the three nominees. Diego Simeone ended the Barca - Madrid dominance as his Atletico side won La Liga and reached the Champions League final. Carlo Ancelotti claimed four trophies including the Copa Del Rey. Germany’s Joachim Low had a fantastic year winning the World cup and going unbeaten in the tournament. #Worldcup 2014