Who is a true World best player?

The Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) will name the best player on the planet in January 2013.

Lionel Messi,Cristiano Ronaldo and Andreas Iniesta are the three best players for the year 2012. The trio made the shortlist after the initial 100 players were enumerated some few months ago.

For a player to be regarded as the best in the World, such a footballer should have contributed to success of his club and country. In a World cup year, the best player of the tournament should be the likely winner of the FIFA Ballon d'or award.

Continental tournaments like European Championship, 'Copa America', Asian games, African Nations Cup and CONCACAF Gold cup should also be considered before the world's best player will be chosen.

In 2012, Spain defended the European Chamionship in Ukraine and Poland after a 4-0 thumping of Italy in the final. Andreas Iniesta was HIGHLY instrumental to the success of the reigning World and European champions. The Spaniard was also a vital part of the Barcelona team that won the Spanish Kings Cup.

Cristiano Ronaldo scored a couple of goals for Portugal at Euro 2012 and his country lost to Spain on penalties after a barren draw. Ronaldo also helped Real Madrid to capture the La Liga for the first time in four years.
Although the Madrid star has been in poor form with regards to FIFA 2014 World cup qualifiers.

Lionel Messi has win the previous three editions of the FIFA award. His country(Argentina) didn't play any continental tournament in 2012. Messi scored a lot of goals for Barcelona, but that wasn't enough for them to win the UEFA Champions League.

A player like Didier Drogba single-handedly won the UEFA Champions League for Chelsea. He also propelled Cote d' Ivoire to the final of African Cup of Nations 2012. Drogba ensured Chelsea defeated Liverpool to win the FA cup. His goals were enough to deny the Teranga Lions a spot at South Africa 2013.

If the criteria for the FIFA shortlist is purely based on the performance of players for club and country, then Drogba,Iniesta and Ronaldo should have made the final three.

Spain's Iniesta deserves the 2012 FIFA Ballon d'or award. UEFA has already named as the best player in Europe for the year 2012. Since Messi is playing for Barcelona in the same continent, there is NO reason why captains and coaches of national teams should vote for him ahead of Iniesta.

From the crew at Chat Soccer, ANDREAS INIESTA is our WORLD PLAYER OF THE YEAR 2012.

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