Revealed! Winner of 2019 Ballon d'Or emerges

Revealed! Winner of 2019 Ballon d'Or emerges

Revealed! Winner of 2019 Ballon d'Or emerges

Messi last won the award in 2015 and would surpass Cristiano Ronaldo should he claim a sixth Ballon d'Or.

Meanwhile, Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp has tipped Dutch defender van Dijk for the individual prize. "That's how it is", Klopp said.

Messi is one of 30 players nominated for the 2019 Ballon d'Or, presided over by France Football, and the victor will be officially announced in Paris on 2 December.

Messi was named The Best FIFA Men's Player of 2019 in September, edging out Van Dijk by eight points and Ronaldo by 10. So I don't know exactly how it will work, but that's how I see it. Mane, Salah or Van Djik deserve it", the 28-year-old said " If Sadio had won AFCON with Senegal, there would have been no debate.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has weighed in on the upcoming Ballon d'Or awards.

Lionel Messi would clearly be the most deserving victor of the Ballon d'Or despite Virgil van Dijk's outstanding year, according to Barcelona team-mate Frenkie de Jong.

"Chelsea also played an incredible season (so far)".

Real Madrid's Croatian playmaker Luka Modric was last year's victor of the prize, which is awarded annually by France Football magazine. When I go onto the field, I don't think about scoring three goals to have more of a chance in the race for the Ballon d'Or.

But attention quickly turns to Wednesday's visit of Red Bull Salzburg as Klopp's side look to register their first Champions League win of the season after defeat in their opening game against Napoli.

Liverpool FC are now eight points clear at the top of the Premier League table after 13 games this term.

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