Sunday, January 9, 2011

Crowning moment for Xavi?

Chelsea thrashed Ipswich and Real Madrid found a way to beat Villareal; so both recommendations for the week-end were spot on. Chelsea's win doesn't mean anything regarding its form because this Ipswich team is really in shambles. Frank Lampard needs to be at his best if Chelsea have any intention of making a charge in the Premier League, and the fact that he found the net will give him the confidence he has been lacking since his return from injury.

In La Liga, Real Madrid won thanks to Ronaldo again. Ronaldo is what North Americans would call the MVP (Most Valuable Player) to his team. While there is no argument that Messi is the best player in the world, Barcelona can still win without him because they are that good. Without Ronaldo, Madrid would certainly be nowhere as close to Barcelona in the title race. He's clearly more important to his team than Messi is, at this moment.

Talking of great players, on Monday, the FIFA World Player of the Year 2010 will be crowned. I already mentioned in my previous post that I believe Sneijder should have been shortlisted among the Top 3. In fact, he would have been my pick to win the award. I think it will be a battle of votes between Xavi and Iniesta. Messi was the best player in the world in 2010 but the Spaniards won the World Cup, so they will have the edge. There isn't much to separate the 2 Spaniards since they were both instrumental in the success of Barcelona and Spain. You could argue that Iniesta missed some part of the season for Barcelona because of injury. However, he did score the goal that won the World Cup. At the end, I have a hunch that Xavi will win this. He's considered the principal maestro for club and country; more so than Iniesta. No recommendations there (in fact, as I was mentioning before, I can't find bookies or exchanges offering any bets on this at this point), but just my opinion on how the result will go.

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