World soccer can sometimes be very confusing to Americans just trying to get into it after being raised on a life of North American sports. Though not as complicated, or interesting, as stuff like promotion and relegation the way the seasons break down can cause some confusion.
Currently in Europe we're in the 2008-09 season, yet Cristiano Ronaldo keeps picking up awards for 2007-08, not 2008. A week after the Portuguese winger won the FIFPro World Player of the Year, FourFourTwo magazine named him the best player in the world. Last year Ronaldo was No. 2 behind Kaká.
Not a shocker in the least bit. Sort of like last night's U.S. presidential election result. To some, Ronaldo might be an unlikable pretty boy, but his last season was literally unbelievable with one top shelf goal after another in the Premier League or Champions League.
The rest of the magazine's Top 10 isn't all that surprising either. Atletico Madrid's Sergio 'Kun' Aguero moves in, while Ronaldinho drops out. It's doubtful that any American shows up on the full 100 list.
In short, if consult your local bookstore and pick up the issue when it hits Stateside sometime this month. FourFourTwo never disappoints. Meanwhile, expect Ronaldo snare the Ballon d'Or and FIFA Player of the Year by the end of the year.