KickOff.com writes: Leo Messi has scored at a rate that no other player has matched in the past 20 years, so the Barcelona star has earned his place as 2010’s best performing player in Europe’s top five leagues.
Messi for Ballon d'Or?
Looking at the Castrol Rankings’ objective performance analysis, Messi should be picking up the prestigious award, having topped the table since the beginning of 2010, with no other player challenging his place. However, awards like the FIFA Ballon d'Or are subjective and awarded by a panel who will take their opinions into account, as well as the facts.
Messi is scoring at a level rarely achieved in top level football. His 34-goal tally in La Liga in 2009/10 was the joint-highest goals total for a season in the last 20 years in any of the top five European leagues along with Ronaldo, who scored 34 for Barcelona in 1996/97, Alan Shearer for Blackburn Rovers in 1994/95 and Andy Cole for Newcastle United in 1993/94, all of whom did it in a 42-game season.
The last player to better Messi’s tally was Mexican striker Hugo Sanchez, who netted 38 goals in 36 games for Real Madrid in the 1989/90 campaign.