The 2019 variant, the 64th at the award's history, will watch Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi vying to his or her sixth career honor while Megan Rapinoe will aspire to win first. 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.
"I'm very proud of what I achieved last year with Liverpool and Holland, and hopefully we can do that again this year".
It appears unusual to believe Messi stands a chance of finishing a four-year Ballon d'Or drought, and having neglected to finish one of the top three at 2018 and placing second in consecutive decades before that. According to the image, revealed by an anonymous source Tuesday, Messi was the victor ahead of Van Dijk.
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A third Liverpool star rounds out the top five, with Sadio Mane listed as fifth.
Messi is seeking his sixth such title, but Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk is also in the running after his incredible 2018/19 campaign.
Holland global Van Dijk, a cornerstone of Liverpool's Champions League success last season and UEFA Player of the Year, came second to Messi in the voting for FIFA World Player of the Year in September.
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Van Dijk still finished ahead of five-time victor Ronaldo, with his Liverpool team-mate Sadio Mane fourth. That's Lionel. Best player of last season? If you give it to the best player of last season then it was Virgil van Dijk.
But having missed out in the Champions League, Messi's potential Ballon d'Or win would perhaps raise the debate that forwards get a stats-based boost over defenders when it comes to being considered for awards. "We will see", Klopp added. 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.
City's 2-2 draw at Newcastle United earlier on Saturday gave Jurgen Klopp's men the chance to extend their healthy lead over last season's champions to 11 points, a task they looked set to complete easily after Virgil van Dijk scored twice inside 24 minutes at Anfield.
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