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January 11, 2011 at 12:22 PM

Messi (deservedly?) named world player of the year + links

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I don’t think there’s any question that Barcelona’s Leo Messi is the best player in the world. There is a question, however, if he deserved to win the FIFA Ballon d’Or.

While Messi scored amazingly 60 goals for club and country in 2010, Argentina didn’t make much of a splash in the World Cup. Barcelona teammates Xavi and Andres Iniesta shared Messi’s achievements in La Liga and the UEFA Champions League, but also won the World Cup. Dutch star Wesley Sneijder led Inter Milan to the UCL title and the Netherlands to the World Cup final.

The Ballon d’Or is awarded based on votes cast by journalists and national team coaches and captains. Who would’ve received your vote?

Who deserved to win the FIFA Ballon d’Or?online survey

More links after the jump:

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Close to home

— I was saddened to hear the Sounders FC community lost a loyal fan recently with the passing of Zach Crisman. Here’s a reader-submitted obituary from the Kitsap Sun and some details on arrangements to celebrate his life.

— Hard to follow that, but here’s an update on the availability of new replica jerseys and here’s a good update on seat and ticket information for upcoming Cascadia Cap games.

— Also, don’t forget to buy tickets for Steve Zakuani‘s birthday bash, the proceeds of which go to benefit Kingdom Hope and America SCORES.

NCAA/USMNT related news

— Lots of mock drafts out there in anticipation of the SuperDraft, but this is my favorite (satire). I know people love real mock drafts but I can’t take them very seriously.

— Here is an update on the Vancouver Whitecaps looking at what to do with the No. 1 pick. Also one on Portland, which has the No. 2 pick.

— From Soccer By Ives, here’s an updated Big Board and another player has been added to this year’s Generation Adidas class. From here’s a two-part look at the draft’s top prospects.

— Akron’s Darlington Nagbe won the Hermann Trophy a few days ago, which kept the hardware in the Zips program.

— On the national-team front, USWNT legend Kristine Lilly has retired and a new guy was added to the USMNT’s January camp.

Major League Soccer kick around

— The L.A. Galaxy continue to stay in the news and it appears as though David Beckham will train with Tottenham. Loan details are still being worked out. Also Edson Buddle has left to get a pay raise with a lower-level German team and asst. coach Cobi Jones has left to work with the NY Cosmos.

— Former MLS head coach Denis Hamlett is going up north to help the Whitecaps and Kenny Cooper (remember him?) could be going to Portland.

More sad news on the national front as a former MLS original Uche Okafor took his own life last week.

— Those Toronto FC front office moves were made official. In other transactions, D.C. United has signed a defender from Uruguay and the Philadelphia Union signed a sponsorship deal with Bimbo.

— Lastly, some random links: here someone ranks all the MLS team logos, here someone ponders where MLS goes after team No. 20 and a look at season-ticket prices around the league.


— Of course, the trademark video to close the link dump. Also be sure to check out the soccer player punched in a pitch invasion and Liverpool’s Ryan Babel getting in trouble over a tweet.


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