Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo or Virgil van Dijk - Who's your favourite to lift Ballon d'Or 2019 trophy? The Ballon d'Or is one of the most coveted trophies in a professional footballer's life, and the 2019 edition of the award will be announced by France Football on Monday, December 2, 2019. There have been a number of brilliant performance over the past year, and it is time to recognise these stupendous athletes for their remarkable work. The event is expected to be a glamorous one with the football elites expected to walk the red carpet. Each nominee will be graded by France Football and the final result with the points displayed in the end. Here we pick the top three contenders for the award and look at their chances of winning. Yes, the football world is going gaga over Ballon d’Or 2019 Winner Predictions and we got to see the winning chances of Messi, Van Dijk and Ronaldo.
Lionel Messi of Barcelona (Photo Credits: Getty Images)
Arguably the greatest footballer to have played the game, Lionel Messi's had another brilliant year where he racked in plenty of goals and assists. With 40 goals in 2019 alone, the Barcelona skipper shone brightly in the majority of the games he played. There are reports he has already won the award, and if it does turn out to be the case, it should not surprise anyone. The things that can go against him is a poor Copa America campaign where he failed to propel his Argentina side to the title. He last won the Ballon d'Or four years ago, and the 2019 edition may be the one that ends the drought. Lionel Messi For Ballon d’Or Award 2019: 3 Reasons Why Barcelona Forward Should Win His Sixth Golden Ball.
Virgil van Dijk
Virgil van Dijk of Liverpool (Photo Credits: Getty Images)
A constant performer for Liverpool and Netherlands, Virgil Van Dijk looks set to give Lionel Messi a run for his money when it comes to lifting the Ballon d'Or title. A complete defender in every sense, his brilliant reading of the game coupled with brute force and sublime tackling skills helped the Reds win the UEFA Champions League. He may have lost out on the UEFA Nations League to Portugal, but considering the rise of the Dutch under him, he needs to be commended. He has already won the European Player of the Year beating the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo which could go in his favour.
Cristiano Ronaldo of Juventus (Photo Credits: Getty Images)
Portuguese skipper Cristiano Ronaldo is also in the fray to lift his sixth Ballon d'Or title, but it is highly unlikely the Juventus man will win the award. He helped his new club Juventus win the Serie A and also lifted the UEFA Nations League with Portugal, but that has done little to improve his points. A poor end to 2019 where he has been plagued by injury is also a reason he might not win the title. It will be interesting to see if the former Manchester United and Real Madrid attends the gala. Cristiano Ronaldo For Ballon d’Or Award 2019: 3 Reasons Why Juventus Forward Should Win His Sixth Golden Ball.
It will be a real surprise if Lionel Messi fails to lift the 2019 Ballon d'Or as none of the footballers come close to beating the Argentine with the kind of individual performances he has had in the past year or so.