The 2019 Ballon d’Or shortlist
The 2019 Ballon d’Or ceremony will take place on Monday, December 2nd.
The award ceremony will take place in Paris, and is arguably the most coveted accolade a professional footballer can win.
Real Madrid’s Luka Modric won the award in 2018, marking the end of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo’s dominance.
However, Modric will certainly not be collecting the award for a second successive year, as the midfielder didn’t even make it into the final 30-man shortlist this time around.
The 30-man shortlist contains the following players:
Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool)
Bernardo Silva (Manchester City)
Son Heung-min (Tottenham)
Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich)
Roberto Firmino (Liverpool)
Matthijs de Ligt (Juventus)
Karim Benzema (Real Madrid)
Georginio Wijnaldum (Liverpool)
Sergio Aguero (Manchester City)
Frenkie de Jong (Barcelona)
Hugo Lloris (Tottenham)
Dusan Tadic (Ajax)
Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus)
Kylian Mbappe (Paris St-Germain)
Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool)
Donny van de Beek (Ajax)
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal)
Marc-Andre ter Stegen (Barcelona)
Sadio Mane (Liverpool)
Lionel Messi (Barcelona)
Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City)
Kevin de Bruyne (Manchester City)
Kalidou Koulibaly (Napoli)
Antoine Griezmann (Barcelona)
Mohammed Salah (Liverpool)
Eden Hazard (Real Madrid)
Marquinhos (Paris St-Germain)
Raheem Sterling (Manchester City)
Joao Felix (Atletico Madrid)
Messi set to win the award?
Liverpool players feature pretty heavily in the 30-man shortlist, which isn’t that surprising given the fact that they won the 2019 Champions League.
And one man who could certainly rival the likes of Messi and Ronaldo for the award this year is Virgil van Dijk.
The Dutchman played a pivotal role in Liverpool’s CL success, whilst also helping the Merseyside powerhouse garner a staggering 97 points in the Premier League last term.
However, an alleged leaked Ballon d’Or list does not have the towering defender clinching the award.
The Mirror published an article recently, which included a tweet allegedly showcasing the winner of this year’s Ballon d’Or.
The image in question showcases the supposed top-10 from this year’s results, with Barcelona’s Lionel Messi topping the list with 446 points.
Van Dijk is in second spot with 382 points, while Ronaldo is down in 4th spot.
There is a ‘leaked Ballon d’Or rankings’ list leaked by an anonymous source earlier on Twitter today, in which Messi wins the award. pic.twitter.com/Uifzhxa5ov
— Barca Universal (@BarcaUniversal) November 30, 2019