Sports Desk – A lot of ups and downs for the players but finally the top 5 current favourites for Ballon d’Or 2019 has been updated.
Luka Modric of Real Madrid became the first Croatian to win a Ballon d’Or trophy in 2018. He broke the consistency of winning Ballon d’Or by Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi since 2008. Ronaldo, 34, is the most nominated player for the Ballon d’Or (15 times).
Ronaldo and Messi have won 5 Ballon d’Or each and have the record to hold the most Ballon d’Or trophies.
Many players simply had an outstanding season which include – Kylian Mbappe, Sergio Aguero, Raheem Sterling, Lionel Messi, Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Bernardo Silva, Cristiano Ronaldo, Virgil van Dijk, Eden Hazard and many more.
So, here is the list of top 5 favourites of winning Ballon d’Or 2019:
- Sadio Mane
Senegalese player Sadio Mane, 27, has recently won the UEFA Champions League with Liverpool, along with the Premier League Golden Boot (shared by Mohammad Salah) as he scored 22 goals and 1 assist in 36 appearances in the PL.
- Mohammad Salah
Another Liverpool player and their main striker – Mohammad Salah has an outstanding season this year. He won the Champions League recently and can be considered as the best striker in the PL. He shared the Golden Boot with Sadio Mane, scoring 22 goals and 8 assists in 38 appearances in the PL.
- Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi is the one you can’t remove from any of the title race. He is the best player in La Liga and remains the top scorer in the UCL this year. Barcelona was not able to win the UCL this year as they lost to Liverpool in the second leg of semi-final of the league by 4-0. But their super star player tried his best and was again nominated for the Ballon d’Or. He has scored 36 goals and 15 assists in just 36 appearances. This can be seen by the point that he has scored in every La Liga game he played.
- Cristiano Ronaldo
No doubt, he is the most nominated player for the Ballon d’Or and have won the most Ballon d’Or trophies along with Leo Messi. He has won the UEFA Nations League with Portugal two days ago and also holds the Serie A player of the Year award this 2018/19 Serie A season. In the semi-final of the Nations League, he netted the ball three times to score a hat-trick against Switzerland. He has scored 21 goals with 11 assists in 31 appearances.
1. Virgil van dijk
The third Liverpool player in this list – Virgil van dijk. No one, not even Messi was able to dribble past him in this football season. The Netherlands captain won the Champions League recently and is the best defender in the PL and the 2018/19 Champions League. Many of you are thinking about Sergio Ramos, yes he is the best defender in the world at present. But another number 4 is running with him in this race. Van dijk has scored 4 goals with 2 assists in 38 appearances. These records are only been given according to a defender and because he has shown his defending skills, he is #1 in this list.