As stated above, I can usually care less who wins this thing. When Maldini marked himself as the best defender on the planet and was shunned it was enough for me. This is a striker's popularity contest, and has never been about the best player in the World. Worst lately it has been about Messi, and all the fluff surrounding the tiny little man who shrinks to his size in his Nation's colors. Now UEFA can give themselves some credibility and give this thing to the man that truly deserves it...
Transfer Musings: A Balon D'Or Vote
I usually don't buy into these popularity contests, but I feel quite strong about this one!