Do you realise how many goals Messi has scored in the past 12 months?
Ronaldo got the title winning goal for Madrid in the biggest match of the domestic season against Barcelona.
He scored two goals in a hugely pressurised European Group of Death Match against Holland and then almost helped defeat Spain with a good but hardly great Portugal team.
He carried an otherwise ineffectual Madrid to a penalty shootout with Bayern Munich in the Champions League.
He made a mockery of City in another Group of Death in the Champions League.
Big moments should win these awards, not big amounts of goals.
Messi was much better in 2011 when he outclassed Madrid and United in the biggest games of the season.
Messi will be GOAT when he retires a player that comes 1 every 100 years
(Cough) Diego Maradona (cough)
Anyway the Ballon D'or was exposed as a joke at the 2011 ceremony. It's incredibly biased against players lacking glamour (no Roy Keane when he deserved it to be handed on a plate in 1999) or other players from certain nationalities. Guarantee Van Persie wouldn't win the award with ninety goals in a calendar year. They'd find some other excuse to hand it to the t-shirt sellers.
I love how someone scoring hat tricks in a bankrupt league has managed to overshadow the top performers at Euro 2012. Messi could take a year off and he's still be favourite for the thing.