Will it be a sixth Ballon d'Or for Lionel Messi?

Tanya Simon
December 3, 2019

The image, which could be a leak, shows that Messi is number one with 446 points, Marca reported. Luka Modric won the trophy a year ago, becoming the first person in a decade other than Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo to be crowned as the best player in the world.

While the 32-year-old Messi won his sixth Ballon d'Or, United States captain Megan Rapinoe won her first.

It's the most prestigious individual honour in football - and tonight the Ballon d'Or will be handed over to a new victor.

In picking up the Ballon d'Or, he became the first Argentine to ever win the award.

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Many, however, felt that Spaniards Xavi and Iniesta would have been more worthy winners, having helped their country to World Cup glory in South Africa that summer. This time we only saw Karim Benzema shortlisted in the 26th position, clearly the best Real Madrid player during the last months.

Messi had been typically sensational throughout the 2010/11 season, netting 53 goals in 55 club games. Today is my sixth Ballon d'Or.

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Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk and Juventus Cristiano Ronaldo are the main contenders for the award.

It is time for the biggest individual award in the world of football as every fan awaits to see who will be announced as the next Ballon D'Or.

Over the course of 2012 Messi netted an astonishing 91 strikes to beat German legend Gerd Muller's previous record of 85 goals in a calendar year, scoring 79 times for Barcelona and 12 more for Argentina.

He was among seven Liverpool players nominated, beside goalkeeper Alisson Becker, defender Trent Alexander-Arnold, midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum and forwards Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino. So far this year, Messi has 41 goals in 44 games.

The victor for the 2019 edition of the Ballon d'Or will be announced in Paris on Monday night, December 2.

It was a year after the end of the day for Real Madrid's Luca Montreal, which ended Messi and Ronaldo's rule, but that was the decision that upset Ciellini.

Chiellini added: "Real didn't want to win because he was no longer one of his players".

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