Michael Abbink has revealed the results of the Ballon d’Or five days before the awards gala is due to take place in Zurich after taking a screenshot of the leaked announcement on FIFA’s website.
The Dutch journalist, who writes for NU Sport, is reliable and the results in question always seemed likely.
Lionel Messi is set to pick up his fifth Ballon d’Or, extending his own record after playing an integral role in Barcelona’s amazing year that saw them pick up five trophies including the Champions League.
Cristiano Ronaldo is the current holder of the award having won back-to-back Ballon d’Or’s for the years 2013 and 2014. He was nominated after hitting 57 goals in the calendar year but failing to pick up any silverware.
There’s no indication as to whether Ronaldo in second or whether it was Neymar who picked up silver, the Brazilian forward came of age in the company of world class forwards.
In the women’s category, Celia Sasic is a surprising winner. The German attacker, who retired in July, pips Carli Lloyd to the prize despite her amazing hat-trick in the World Cup final. See the leaked results below.
Oei, dit stond zojuist op de website van de FIFA. MESSI GOUDEN BAL-WINNAAR pic.twitter.com/sq1pSheaVB
— Michel Abbink (@sportzeloot) January 6, 2016
UPDATE: The story went viral, and it provoked a response from FIFA Media on Twitter.
They have claimed the leak is a fake.
Read those tweets below.
— FIFA Media (@fifamedia) January 6, 2016