Recently, Messi was crowned the World Player of the Year. Given the year Barcelona have had and the Argentinean’s role in the team, it is well and truly deserved. This award though, made me take a look at the recent history of WPoY.
Here are some interesting facts,
2009 Winner – Messi
Age at the time of winning — 22
Club at the time of winning — Barcelona
Years at Club before winning WPoY — 9
Transfer fee – Peanuts, I guess.
2008 Winner – Ronaldo
Age at the time of winning – 23
Club at the time of winning – Manchester United
Years at Club before winning WPoY — 5
Transfer fee – Just over 12 Million Pounds
2007 Winner – Kaka
Age at the time of winning – 25
Club at the time of winning – Milan
Years at Club before winning WPoY – 4
Transfer fee – Less than 9 million Euros.
These look like young players who were signed for a moderate fee and given the time to develop into world class players. Of course, prior to these three, Cannavaro was an exception of sorts, and the likes of Ronaldinho, Zidane, Figo and Ronaldo fall into the Galactico category. Some might argue that Ronaldinho was somewhere in between the young and talented and the proven stars when he was signed by Barca.
Cesc, obviously, falls in the same bracket as the recent winners. Given his present goal scoring form and his unlimited lifetime supply of assists, he can, if he stays fit, be right up there for the award next year. We also know that individual awards and trophies normally go hand in hand. The last time we won something was when Henry came second in the race.
Of course, one player does not change the fortunes of a club. But we can certainly say Fabregas has a good supporting cast in players like Arshavin, Nasri, RvP(for the contribution he has made this season), Song, Vermaelen and others.
I think a fit Fabregas can create history this season. Some merit to the thought?