Many reading Ben Arfa’s comments will have a little chuckle because of the seemingly massive gap between himself and the best players across the world.
However, that hasn’t stopped him dreaming of lifting the Ballon d’Or award, being presented as Europe’s finest player.
“Some will once again think I am mad. At twenty-six years old, I still have plenty of time in front of me. I am not about to describe my career prior to retirement. I know some will again think that I am mad but I still dream for example of the Ballon d’Or. I am convinced that this is still possible,” the Frenchman told France Football.
Here’s a five point plan of how he can get himself closer to that dream.
1) The first and most basic step is keeping himself fit and healthy. Ben Arfa has had injury problems since he moved to Newcastle but his fitness is the only thing that ensures step two is possible.
2) The second step has to be maintaining his current form at Newcastle. He’s one of the club’s best all round attacking players and his form this season has made him a talked about player in the Premier League. If he doesn’t maintain his form then step two won’t be possible.
3) The third step is considering a move away from the North East of England. If Ben Arfa wants to win the Ballon d’Or, he needs to be playing in the Champions League which is one of the most famous and notoriously difficult tournaments in the world to win. It’s doubtful he’ll play in the competition with Newcastle.
It's harsh on Newcastle but he's not going to do it by staying there.
4) The fourth step is becoming a more prolific goalscorer. Messi and Ronaldo are always up for this award because of the end product their attacking talent produces. He’s a superbly effective player when it comes to assists and creating chances but he needs to weigh in with more goals.
5) The final step is related to being successful. Ben Arfa has to produce important goals and important performances in a team that wins silverware on the domestic and European scene. Trophies are the end product of hard work and effective performances.
What do you think? Any chance he will get anywhere near the top award or is it just a pipe dream for the player?
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