Leaked Ballon d'Or list shows Messi win SIXTH award ahead of van Dijk & Ronaldo excluded from TOP 3
Added 12-02-19 06:37:02am EST - “A leaked list of the 2019 Ballon d'Or winners shows Barcelona great Lionel Messi winning his sixth gong ahead of Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk - with rival Cristiano Ronaldo not even making the final top three.” - Rt.com
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Circulated widely on social media ahead of the actual 64th annual ceremony in Paris on Monday, the list features Messi in first place with 446 points, ahead of current UEFA Men’s Player of the Year Virgil van Dijk, who was pivotal in the center of defense for Champions League winners Liverpool last season.
The main twist came in who came third in the final vote, with Liverpool striker and Egyptian icon Mohamed Salah making up the top trio ahead of Juventus winger Cristiano Ronaldo.
If the list proves true, it would be the first time since 2010 and the second time in 12 years the five-time winner has been ranked outside the Ballon d’Or top three.
Van Dijk and Salah are two of four Liverpool players in the top six places, alongside goalkeeper Alisson Becker and Sadio Mane from the Anfield club, who went eleven points clear at the top of the Premier League this weekend with a 2-1 victory over Brighton.
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