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Seriously, I think it will eventually come between the 2 Argentinian best - Messi and Tevez.
Feel surprised about Tevez? I am not.
If other teams begin to learn not to leave any room for Man Utd to pass and shoot (Arsenal made these terrible mistakes), Rooney's influence could eventually slow down.
So, my verdict - Tevez or Messi.
I agree with Messi being there.....especially when you look at the la liga table at the moment....Barcelona are quite clear at the top of the table even though Madrid have signed the likes od Ronaldo, Kaka, Benzema and Alonso etc.... So the Barca players must be playing outstandingly...
However, in terms of Tevez, although he is having an amazing season, i do not think that you can give someone the world player of the year award who will not even be playing any European football......
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You are right. Traditionally the winners were picked from teams playing in Champions League. They even ignored those played in Copa Libertadores. Even if Tevez gets to play in World Cup, still don't think World Cup performance alone count, plus Messi is guaranteed the regular start in World Cup. So unless "miracle" happens, better luck next season, Carlitos.
I remember Cannavaro exceptional performance in World Cup won him the award....
Rooney played well, but so as Defoe. They both scored goals like fun, but that alone doesn't guarantee to be world best. Something else counts...
Unless Rooney gets to score important goals in Champions League and World Cup as well, then he will have his chance. So far Rooney score 20 PL goals and 1 Carling Cup goal. No goal in Champions League. Good but not good enough for the World Player of the Year.
Tevez even played slightly better than C. Ronaldo this season, at least for now. And Ronaldo's contribution is being shared out quite evenly by his teammates, especially Higuain. So, for now, the outstanding one has to be Messi.
See, if it were based on the season, I'd agree with you somewhat - Tevez has been brilliant this season. But given that the award is given out at the end of 2010, I'd have to say Rooney has a huge headstart on Tevez, who has missed some games with injury and personal issues. Nothing against that pick, and it's an intriguing one I hadn't thought of myself, but I think he has some catching up to do right now