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Neuer Count Him Out

The never-ending battle between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo continues early this year as they hope to hoist the “Ballon d’Or” award for a fifth or second time respectively. But what are the chances for Manuel Neuer to shock predictions?

Out of the three candidates, the 27-year-old goalkeeper is the only one with a World Cup win in his resume. Neuer also won the Bundesliga and the German Cup with “Bayern Munich”.

Voted in Germany as player of the year in 2014, he allowed 40 goals in 62 games. The only thing he didn’t accomplish was winning the Champions League after falling 0-5 in the aggregate against Real Madrid.

The International Federation of Football History and Statistics (IFFHS) named him the world’s best goalkeeper. Thibaut Courtois from Chelsea and Keylor Navas with Real Madrid came in second and third.

In an interview with FIFA.com, former Real Madrid star Michel Salgado mentioned that Neuer has earned his nomination by his results.

“It’s tough for a keeper to win the award, but that doesn’t mean to say that he hasn’t had a great year,” Salgado said.

Ronaldo had an almost perfect 2014. He found the back of the net 61 times throughout the year. With Real Madrid he won almost everything. (Copa del Rey, Super Cup and Champions League). A poor performance at the World Cup could hurt his aspirations to retain the award.

Lionel Messi had his fair share of success in 2014. He broke the record for most goals in La Liga (253) and Champions League (72) within the same week. At the World Cup in Brazil most people remember him losing the final against Germany. Meanwhile, being the ”Most Valuable Player“ of that same tournament shouldn’t hurt.

The world will know the answer to this always-intriguing election on today in Zurich, Switzerland.

Rondo To Dallas

Just how big is the move of Rajon Rondo to Dallas? In a few words, it is huge, and here is why. Bringing in someone like Rajon to Dallas is a key ingredient to an already strong team. The former Boston Celtics has been as consistent as you can be in a league where every season you play 82 highly competitive games every season.

He has played 527 games in his career with a field goal percentage of .473 but that is not the area where he excels, his go-to weapon while playing the game he loves is passing. Rondo has been in the top two spots in this league the past four seasons when it comes to assists. Last year the Mavs found in players like José Calderón someone to help the position that Jason Kidd had vacated a couple of seasons ago.The trade that brings in the number nine Celtic is actually compared to the one that was used to bring Kidd into the team.

Rondo was a crucial part of a championship team in Boston back in 2008 who will also make the trip to Dallas with Dwight Powell. In exchange the Celtics get Jae Crowder, Jameer Nelson and Brandan Wright plus two draft picks that would go to the Mavs in the 2015 and 2016 drafts. That just quantifies how big the move is and how much Mark Cuban wanted to have Rondo playing at the American Airlines Center.

This could hurt a Dallas team that was working quite well almost halfway through the season with 19 wins and eight losses. A team that is leading the league with the most points per game average (110.1) and currently third in the southwest standings with the San Antonio Spurs as their next rival.

Obviously Marc Cuban, Donnie Nelson and Rick Carlisle don’t want to hurt a team that is in serious playoff contention. They are bringing in someone who could help elevate the already strong game the Mavericks have shown this season. Giving J.J. Barea a strong competitor for his position. Barea is a good player that also has a good player with already a championship ring in his resumé. It is still one of the weakest positions in the Mavericks roster that with Dirk Nowitzki and Monta Ellis up front have made the Dallas team one of the most fearless offensive teams in the NBA.

That is a reason this team did not need someone like Lebron James. Last season they suffered setting up big plays and getting rebounds, with Rondo in the picture things could change drastically. The 28 year is switching teams for the first time in his career, after 8 seasons in Boston, Dallas will represent a new challenge for the University of Kentucky alumni. But the guy has a tested ability and even though he is coming out of an injury the faith in the 3-time All Star is strong.

Because if Rondo can adapt his game to his new team I am certain the Dallas Mavericks should from now on be considered a Championship contender. Having Rondo in the roster is a vital part of that dream.

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Born in Louisville, became pro in Boston and now looks to solidify his career in Dallas. Rajon Rondo (masslive.com)