Ronaldo Voted As Best World Cup Player Of The 21st Century

It's pretty difficult to work out who the best player at this World Cup is going to be but former Brazil striker Ronaldo has won the vote to be the best player to have graced the Coup de Monde this century by a landslide.

Based on the fact that no player has won both the Golden Ball and Golden Boot in the same competition since 1990 when Salvatore Schillaci grabbed six goals it's fair to guess that Harry Kane won't win this tournament's best player award.

That leaves it open to quite a lot of players with Kylian Mbappe, Kevin de Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku all hoping that Harry Maguire has two bad games in a row.

But enough about 2018, what about the greatest player in the 21st century to have graced the World Cup? Well we've got five tournaments of goodness to help us come up with the answer and in that time the record for most tournament goals has been broken by two men.

In 2006 Ronaldo, the original one, broke the record set by Gerd Muller back in 1974, only to be beaten by Miroslav Klose in 2014.

Ronaldo won the World Cup in 2002, scoring in the final as redemption for the final he was injured for four years earlier in France. Klose of course won the tournament in 2010.

Ronaldo celebrates scoring his first in the 2002 final against Germany. Image: PA Images
Ronaldo celebrates scoring his first in the 2002 final against Germany. Image: PA Images

They haven't been the only ones to make a huge difference at a World Cup this century though. Despite two of his World Cup final goals coming in 1998 Zinedine Zidane still made a major impact this century.

Zizou almost single handedly led his side to the final in 2006. Aged 34 and retiring after the tournament his performances in the knockout stages were remarkable and he picked up the Golden Ball.

Zidane scored a penalty against Portugal in the semi-final. Image: PA Images
Zidane scored a penalty against Portugal in the semi-final. Image: PA Images

Of course the memory of him at that final is rather skewed by his sending off against Italy but even in the final he scored the most ridiculous penalty.

In the 2008 Euros Spain finally got the monkey off their back as the world's most underachieving national team and then followed it up by winning the World Cup two years later.

In that side they had a ridiculous amount of talent and Xavi was one of the main men in the side, alongside his Barcelona teammate Andres Iniesta.

However our fans decided that Ronaldo's exploits in the World Cup in 2002 and 2006 were definitely worth voting for:

Don't worry guys, we'll run the poll again eight years when Harry Maguire and Kieran Trippier have won three World Cups in a row each and you'll be voting for them.

Until now Il Fenomeno is definitely the best player to have graced the World Cup in the last 18 years.

Ryan Sidle

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