Manchester United winger Cristiano Ronaldo was named the 2008 Ballon d'Or yesterday, beating out Barcelona's Lionel Messi and Liverpool's Fernando Torres.
The award is given by France Football Magazine and, much like the way Americans vote on our college football tean d'Or, it's decided by a panel of smarmy, know-it-all journalists.
A day after the announcement, you'd expect some controversey ... some trash talk of some sort. Instead, Messi seems unfazed by the snub, telling Goal.com, "I would rather win trophies for Barça or for Argentina. I expected to finish second. Ronaldo deserved to win it after everything he achieved and because he had a great year where he won two important trophies."
Stop right there! I thought footballers were supposed to be way more catty and bitter than that. If the sport of kings is ever going to catch on in America, all you Euro footballers are going to pump up the drama.
Hi. I'm Franck Ribery. (AP Photo)
And just when I thought all hope was lost and bitterness was nowhere to be found in the world of international football, our old friend Franck Ribery tells L'Equipe:
"Frankly, I am disappointed by my ranking. I should have deserved better. Last year, I finished seventh having played six months for Marseille and six months at Bayern, without having won any titles. Here, I am 16th in the list at the end of a massive season with Bayern. We were champions of Germany, won the national cup and reached the semi-finals of the Uefa Cup. I also picked up a number of individual awards, for example the best player in the Bundesliga. I achieved something amazing but you have to accept the verdict."
C'mon! He was the best player in the Bundesliga! For the sake of creating more drama where it doesn't exist and taking an opinion complete contrary to all others, I not only agree with Franck, I believe he should win the Ballon d'Or for the simple fact that he gives a crap about the Ballon d'Or.
So ... I realize it's no consolation, but I would like to hereby congratulate Franck Ribery on winning the first-ever Sports Pros(e) Ballon d'Ball. We don't give many awards here, Franck, so enjoy it. You've earned it because ... as you mentioned, you were the best player in the Bundesliga!