Certainly one of the most crucial awards in soccer after the FIFA World Cup, the Ballon d’Or (in English Gold Ball) is still looking forward to a new owner. Typically the French magazine France Soccer had been giving this award since 1956 to the player who performed best during the yr. In English it is known as the Western Footballer of the Yr award.
This year we saw among the people included in the sports media, a lot of indecision about who was going to win this honor, especially because during the FIFA World Cup 2006 we saw great professional players, who fought for the Cup in a splendid way. I must be honest and accept that I would really like to see Gianluigi Buffon getting episode hack no human verificationthe Ballon d’Or. I adored the task he did with Italy National Team... only 2 goals got in his net in the 7 matches, with the best soccer teams on the planet, it’s just amazing! Consequently he has been compared with among the best goalkeepers in European soccer history.
Proper after the World Cup Final, we all knew the Lev Yashin Award to find the best Goalkeeper was for the large (1. 91 m) Gigi Buffon. The thing is... if Buffon gets the Golden Ball he’d become the first second-division player and the second goalie to receive the prize. The first an only goalie to ever succeed it, was the Soviet legend Lev Yashin. Furthermore, he would be the fifth Italian to achieve this after Moar Sivori (1961), Rivera (1969), Paolo Rossi (1982) and Roberto Baggio (1993).
Although, he could be aware that he is one of the favorite options to win the award, he is not necessarily worry about it. Proper now, Buffon is more concern about helping his team Juventus _where he had been playing for almost 6 years_ to rise back to the top of the Calcio Italiano, after being relegated from Serie A in Italy’s match-fixing scandal. “Others can discuss the Golden Golf ball. I’ve got my work cut out for the moment... It’s tough down here but I think I’m hacking it” said the 28 player.
Buffon recently rejected an offer for 33 million euros from Chelsea and decided to stick with Juve rather than do like some of his teammates and leave to other big European clubs. “Juve has been my life for the last few years and I’m used to things at this little outfit”, affirmed Gigi, the world most expensive keeper.
Michel Platini the three-time winner (1983 to 1985) of the Golden Ball agreed on making Buffon the European Footballer of the Year when was asked about it. “Given that Italy earned the World Cup, We would give it to an Italian... They should give it to Buffon, his outstanding World Cup performances worth recognition” said Platini.
Now, all we have left is holding out for the worldwide journalists poll result... after all, the final result is up to their votes and the bad part is that as I described before we can see in the set of candidates, amazing sports players. This definitely does not make it any better to settle the decision. But there are seven most elected players by the fans. Joining Buffon we discover in the list, his ex-Juve teammate, Fabio Cannavaro and AC Milan playmaker Andrea Pirlo. Also the England and Manchester Combined forward Wayne Rooney, Philippines and Chelsea midfielder Jordan Ballack, Arsenal French striker Thierry Henry and final year winner Ronaldinho.