Leaked Ballon d’Or results list online appears to crown Lionel Messi as the 2019 winner, with Virgil van Dijk runner-up… and Cristiano Ronaldo not even in the top three
- A list that has appeared on Twitter appears to show the 2019 Ballon d’Or results
- According to the list, Lionel Messi is set to be handed the trophy for a sixth time
- It also suggests that four Liverpool players will make up the top six in rankings
- What time is 2019 Ballon d’Or ceremony today? Plus nominees and more
Lionel Messi is set pick up a record sixth Ballon d’Or title, according to an image leaked online.
Messi is the heavy favourite to lift the trophy on Monday evening in Paris, ahead of Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk.
And according to the list, which purports to be the final classifications after voting for this year’s award, the Messi is set to top the pile once more, 64 votes ahead of the Dutch stopper.
A picture posted online on Monday morning appeared to show the Ballon D’or result list
According to the leaked image, Lionel Messi is set to scoop the award for the sixth time
There is a strong presence for the Reds on the list, with Mohamed Salah making up the top three, while Sadio Mane and goalkeeper Alisson Becker come in at fifth and sixth respectively.
One of the most surprising aspects of the list is perhaps the revelation that Cristiano Ronaldo may be set to miss out on the top three.
The five-time winner has never finished lower than second for each of the last eight seasons.
Elsewhere on the list, Kylian Mbappe is voted into seventh, while Dutch pair Frenkie de Jong and Matthijs de Ligt are eighth and ninth respectively. Eden Hazard completes the top 10
The ceremony will take place at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris on Monday evening.
The list suggests that Virgil van Dijk will be named runner-up, with Mohamed Salah third
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