Sports: Voting For Ballon D’or 2019 (Football Fans Poll)
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The 2019 Ballon d’Or will be given out in the early days of December (2nd), with the nominees already announced – See list here. The year comes to a close, we take a look at how the contenders shape up going into the final month before the award ceremony & Voting to begin immediately!
4. Sadio Mane (Liverpool)
Sadio Mane stepped out of Mohamed Salah’s shadow last year and had a stellar season of his own. The Senegal international matched his teammate’s goal-scoring exploits in the Premier League and finished alongside him as the top scorer. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang joined the pair at the top, completing a historic all-African three-way tie for the top scorer award.
Mane’s exploits weren’t limited to the league. He scored four times in Liverpool’s title-winning UEFA Champions League campaign, one fewer than his teammate Salah. Overall he finished the season with twenty-six goals, once again, only one less than the Egyptian.
The Senegalese winger has enjoyed a good start to the 2019/20 season as well. Mane returned to England as 2019 African Cup of Nations runners-up and picked up straight where he left off. He has since scored five times in the league and is currently the top scorer for his club across all competitions with nine. A Ballon d’Or top-five finish is looking likely for the Liverpool man.
3. Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus)
It wouldn’t be a complete Ballon d’Or list without the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. While the former takes the third spot in our rankings, the latter is set to appear further down the line.
Ronaldo had a good season of his own last time around but was unable to match the numbers put up by his counterpart, Lionel Messi. A major reason for his relatively fewer returns was injuries which saw him partake in just thirty-one league matches last year. Despite that, he managed to score twenty-one times and bag eight assists in the league.
He added six more goals in the UEFA Champions League as Juventus exited the competition in the quarter-finals. Internationally, Ronaldo came into the 2019/20 season as the inaugural UEFA Nations League winner. Nevertheless, a Ballon d’Or win this year is looking unlikely.
2. Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool)
Van Dijk’s contributions to Liverpool’s 2018/19 season were unprecedented, as he went the entire year without being dribbled past. The defender played a huge role in the Reds’ title challenge across all fronts and even managed to keep a clean sheet in the UEFA Champions League final.
The Netherlands international came into the season as a Nations League runner-up and was looking destined for the Ballon d’Or after his UEFA Player of the Year win. However, Van Dijk’s campaign has since lost a little bit of steam, with the star unable to keep up his defensive statistics. Furthermore, Lionel Messi’s win at The Best FIFA Football Awards sees the Dutchman lose his top spot to the Argentine.
1. Lionel Messi (Barcelona)
Lionel Messi started the 2018/19 season terribly. The Argentina star first got knocked out of the FIFA World Cup 2018 alongside his national team, in the round of sixteen. He was then left out of the 2018 Ballon d’Or top three and allocated the fifth position in the final standings.
One year has passed since and Messi continues to prove his doubters wrong. Despite suffering heartache in the summer with his national team at Copa America, the forward remains the firm favourite to win the Ballon d’Or this year. A big reason for that is his club performance over the last calendar year.
The Barcelona Lionel Messi scored a staggering fifty-one goals in forty-nine appearances last season, with thirty-six of those coming in La Liga. He finished as the top scorer in the UEFA Champions League too, despite Barcelona getting knocked out in the semi-finals.
Although Messi started 2019/20 season with injury but he has scored four and assisted four since his return to the team. Furthermore, he recently passed Cristiano Ronaldo’s career club goals tally and also netted his fiftieth free-kick. He further improved his year by being named The Best FIFA Men’s Player of the Year for 2019 and look to be on his way to a record sixth Ballon d’Or.
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