Barcelona 2-0 Manchester United

The battle to be the world's best

May 27, 2009
By Phil Holland
It was billed as the clash of the titans; the two best players in the world facing-off in the biggest game of the year for the chance to claim the unofficial title of the world's best player.

But who emerged from the 2009 Champions League final with the victor's laurel, Barcelona's Lionel Messi or Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo?

Ronaldo, FIFA's reigning World Player of the Year and current custodian of the Ballon d'Or, started Wednesday night's game the brighter of the ...

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