The 2019 Ballon D’Or Shortlist: Ronaldo, Messi, Van Dijk
Published : Tuesday, 22 October, 2019 at 9:37 AM Count : 123
The 70 nominations for the 2019 Men’s and Women’s Ballon d’Ors (30+20), the Kopa Trophy (10) the newly created Yachine Trophy (10) have been announced.
For the men’s award, it looks as if it will be a two-way battle between Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk and Lionel Messi of Barcelona with Cristiano Ronaldo looking at third.
In August, van Dijk was voted the UEFA Player of the Year while Lionel Messi was named the FIFA FIFPro Best Men’s Player last month.
Van Dijk polled almost 100 points more than Messi in voting for the UEFA award - 305 to 207 - with Cristaino Ronaldo third with 74 points.
The FIFA FIFPro voting was a lot closer - Messi 46, van Dijk 38, and Cristiano Ronaldo 36. Ronaldo and Messi have each won the Ballon d'Or five times and finished as runners-up five times.
The other 27 nominations are: Sadio Mane; Sergio Aguero; Frenkie de Jong; Hugo Lloris; Dusan Tadic; Kylian Mbappe; Trent Alexander-Arnold; Donny van de Beek; Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang; Marc-André ter Stegen; Alisson; Matthijs de Ligt; Karim Benzema; Georginio Wijnaldum; Bernardo Silva; Heung-min Son; Robert Lewandowski; Roberto Firmino; Kevin De Bruyne; Antoine Griezmann; Eden Hazard; Joao Felix; Kalidou Koulibaly; Riyad Mahrez; Marquinhos; Mo Salah; Raheem Sterling.
All of the players shortlisted play in Europe. Fifteen players make a living in the Premier League; La Liga 7; Serie A 3; Ligue 1 and Eredivisie have 2 each; Bundesliga 1.
Cristiano Ronaldo, in 2008, back in his Manchester United playing days, was the last Premier League player to win the award.