Its a new year and with comes some exciting news. Former Brazilian international Ronaldo has been voted as the player of the decade by Goal.com readers. Ronaldo beat his former Real Madrid teammate and closest challenger Zinedin Zidane to emerge victorious.
This is the second Brazilian to be voted player of the decade the first being the ever-smiling Ronaldinho who was voted by British football Magazine World Soccer readers. This caps a decade that has seen some of the most entertaining football that i can remember in a long time. Each one of you probably has their own choice of players that should win these awards and neither Ronaldo nor Gaucho is one of them.
But before you quickly forget, just try and comprehend what these two players have done and achieved in their careers. First of all, the reason why i totally agree with the opinions of the many who voted is because between these two players, they have won the FIFA World Player of the Year award five times. Ronldo wining it thrice while his compatriot Ronaldinho has won it twice.
They each have a world cup medal and they European accolades and recognitions are modest to say the least. This has probably beem the best decade for Brazilian football as their players have dominated in the prestigious FIFA awards. Nobody can deny the fact that Ronaldinho transformed football this decade. The fact that he did not make Goal’s list is in itself shocking.
Ronaldo had a great career with some of the biggest clubs in the world. He played for PSV Eindhoven before joining Barcelona. He then moved to Italy to join Inter Milan. Immediately after the wordl club, he returned to Spain to join Real Madrid. He was to later return to Italy to join AC Milan. Gaucho has likewise played for top European club Barcelona and is now currently with Milan.
The first decade of the 21st century definitely is a spectacle to behold. I am however skeptical if the second will produce players of the calibre or Ronaldinho, Kaka, Henry, Zidane, Raul, Del Piero, Pirlo and Beckham. There are a few exceptions in Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo but the examples stop there. One thing is for sure football is starting to become more of a commercial thing.