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Johan Cruyff Not Happy About Ronaldo’s Ballon d’Or Win

Johan Cruyff has recently voiced out that he found it “absurd” that Real player Cristiano Ronaldo has won the coveted Ballon d’Or award. This feeling is brought by the player’s performance while playing for Portugal at last year’s World Cup in Brazil. A former Holland player, Cruyff had landed that prize for three years and two of them were consecutive in 1971, 1973 and 1974. He feels that the trophy should have rewarded a player who not only excelled individually but who also contributed to bringing his team to a successful World Cup performance. As such, he believes that Toni Kroos would have been more apt to deserve the award.

In a column attributed to him in De Telegraaf, the Netherlands legend wrote that this prestigious football award depends on a combination of individual talent and achievements. He further added that considering this point of view, it is “absurd” that a player be given this award for the second consecutive year while his performance was not excellent and his team did not win the most trophies.

Cruyff compared the situation to 2013 when even though Bayern Munich had won almost every trophies, Ronaldo had still won the Ballon d’Or instead of a Bayern player. Now in 2014, Kroos played exceptionally well and was contributory to his team winning the World Cup and yet his name does not feature on the the final three nominees. Cruyff further added that Ronaldo’s performance was almost anonymous at last year’s World Cup. He even admitted that he would not be taking this Fifa award seriously anymore.

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Sports Betting for Beginners

The world of sports betting is complex and interesting, but few people truly understand it. Because of this, many bettors end up making random picks, which can cost them significantly in the long run. Before placing any serious bets, it is important to do your research.

You should know basic facts like team records, the teams’ division standings, and any relevant information about the players. For example, in the case of UFC betting and mixed martial arts, it would be wise to familiarize yourself with each fighter’s style and to understand which types of injuries are commonly associated with which fighting style.

Sometimes there are variables in the sport that, which monitored closely, can make placing bets much easier. How to bet on baseball, for instance, is largely dependent on one person: the pitcher. If you are betting on someone like Nolan Ryan, then your chances of winning are good, though your bet will also likely reflect the player’s importance, so in the case of a Nolan Ryan-type, you may be facing a -200 line, meaning that you will have to risk $200 just to make $100.

There are a number of websites that can help make sports betting a bit less confusing. Some sites offer tips on how to bet on all major sports so that your picks are optimal. In the end, it’s all about acquiring as much information as you can on whichever team or player you have chosen—you can never know too much.