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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?
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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.
— 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.
— Akron’s Darlington Nagbe won the Hermann Trophy a few days ago, which kept the hardware in the Zips program.
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.
— More sad news on the national front as a former MLS original Uche Okafor took his own life last week.