Messi and Ronaldo Watch: Messi Bags Award, Ronaldo Says He's Best

Michael Cummings@MikeCummings37World Football Lead WriterMay 21, 2012

Messi and Ronaldo Watch: Messi Bags Award, Ronaldo Says He's Best

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    The season is almost over, but B/R's Messi and Ronaldo Watch keeps on keeping on.

    Despite the lack of game action, there's plenty of news surrounding the world's top two players.

    Lionel Messi has claimed another award, but prominent voices are calling for Cristiano Ronaldo to win an even bigger prize later this year.

    Meanwhile, a Dutch legend is predicting big things for Ronaldo this summer, and Ronaldo is tooting his own horn.

    All the details are inside.

Messi Bags Another Award

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    Lionel Messi has won the ESM Golden Shoe as this season's top European club goal scorer.

    The Argentine forward finished with 50 league goals for Barcelona on the way to his second Golden Shoe. The 50 goals included six hat tricks.

    For the full story from the Daily Mirror, click here.

Ronaldo: I'm Better Than Messi

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    Few would ever accuse Cristiano Ronaldo of possessing such an admirable trait as humility.

    No matter. He's the best—so says Cristiano Ronaldo, at least.

    Ronaldo announced his superiority to CNN this week in an exclusive interview. Click here to see the original article.

    The video is above. Enjoy.

Gullit: Ronaldo Can Be Difference-Maker

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    Dutch legend Ruud Gullit (pictured) is tipping Cristiano Ronaldo for great things this summer at Euro 2012.

    Ronaldo, says Gullit, can make the difference for Portugal in the "Group of Death" with Germany, Holland and Denmark.

    From Goal.com:

    "While there are many stars determined to leave a mark in Poland and Ukraine, I will be keenly following the performance of a select few in the tournament, those whose quality should determine how their respective teams perform in the competition," Gullit wrote in a column for The Times of India

    "One of them would be Cristiano Ronaldo. He has come into his own under Jose Mourinho at Real Madrid and will be keen to replicate that form in the national colours. If he does so, that will make him a very dangerous customer. He is fleet-footed and has the ability to score from any position."

Ballon d'Or?

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    Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho (pictured) thinks Cristiano Ronaldo should win the Ballon d'Or—which recognizes the best footballer in the world—this year.

    So does Liverpool striker Luis Suarez.

    Here's what Mourinho said, per The Independent:

    The Madrid boss told Portuguese TV station SIC: "Cristiano has to win the Ballon d'Or, not because he has been the top goalscorer, he was that already last season, but because his goals have delivered a title.

    "Messi scored 50 goals that weren't worth anything, in the same way that Cristiano scored 42 last season that didn't stand for anything.

    "He hasn't been able to win the Pichichi and I believe he should be compensated with the Ballon d'Or."

    Suarez was less blunt but said mostly the same thing. From Goal.com:

    "Messi has scored an historic amount of goals, but I would give the Ballon d’Or to Cristiano Ronaldo for the year he has had and because he helped Madrid to win the league," Suarez told Marca.

Up Next

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    Real Madrid's season is complete.

    Barcelona's season concludes Friday with the Copa del Rey final at Atletico Madrid's Estadio Vicente Calderon.

    Athletic Bilbao will be the opponent.

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