Originally posted by hopscotch
I doubt he's won as many penalties as Cristiana Ronaldo. He tends to keep his balance pretty well.
Regarding your question... do you mean individual awards or team awards?
I think what a player has won must be relevant when one is considering him for World Player of the Year.
If a player can't inspire his team to success, then, irrespective of how nice he is to watch, he can't be the world player of the year.
Ronaldo practically single handedly won 3 points for United in '08 on a number of occasions through his ability to punish the average sides. He also managed to score against the better teams on occasion.
I think anybody who doesn't rank Ronaldo as player of the year in 08, given what his team won and his 42 goals (left leg, right leg, head) is 1 goal short of a hat trick. Or a Liverpool fan. Could be used interchangeably.