Saturday, 07 December, 2019

Ballon d'Or: Lionel Messi wins sixth award

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Liverpool FC star defender Virgil van Dijk has opened up on the possibility of FC Barcelona skipper Lionel Messi winning the Ballon d'Or 2019.

'I'm very proud of what I achieved last year with Liverpool and with Holland and hopefully we can do that again this year, but you know it's going to be tough as long as these guys are around.

An image circulating on social media is claiming to have "leaked" the results of the 2019 Ballon d'Or.

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The Argentine was named victor of the 2019 Golden Ball, claiming his sixth Ballon d'Or after previously lifting the prestigious individual trophy in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2015.

The Argentina ace beat competition from UEFA Champions League victor Virgil van Dijk and UEFA Nations League victor Cristiano Ronaldo to bag his sixth award.

The Ballon d'Or was merged with FIFA's greatest player award for five years between 2010 and 2015, however, was working on it's own because 2016.

Netherlands midfielder Frenkie de Jong-who is also on the 30-man Ballon d'Or shortlist-has the rare experience of having played alongside Messi and second-favourite Van Dijk.

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Van Dijk - who collected the PFA Players' Player of the Year, Premier League Player of the Season and UEFA Men's Player of the Year prizes earlier this year - is the first Reds man to feature in the top three since Fernando Torres in 2008.

When asked if he thinks he could beat Messi, the Dutchman said, "It is just something to be proud of because not a lot of players go there and are up for these kinds of things. We will see what happens".

"Be that as it may, on the off chance that you offer it to the best player of last season, at that point it was Virgil van Dijk".

It's time for its largest person award in the realm of soccer as each fan expects to find out who will be declared as another Ballon D'Or.

Liverpool pair Sadio Mane and Alisson Becker are fifth and sixth respectively in this list, ahead of Kylian Mbappe in seventh.

"So yes, he's incredibly important but if Virgil played the last line alone it would be pretty hard. And I want to work hard and be here again next year".

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