30 Nominees Announced for the Ballon d'Or 2019, Cristiano Ronaldo, Messi, Van Dijk and 27 others

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France Football announced its top 30 nominees for this year's Ballon D'or award on 21 October 2019. It is one of the prestigious awards given to any footballer recognizing the best footballer. English club Liverpool remains at the top with 7 players listed in the top 30 nominees. Another English club Manchester City has 4 nominees, whereas Barcelona has 4 nominees and Juventus, Real Madrid, Ajax, Tottenham Hotspur, and PSG has 2 nominees each.

Who Will Win Ballon d'Or 2019?

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Cristiano Ronaldo Biography

Virgil van Dijk Biography

Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, and Virgil Van Dijk, named among the top 30 contenders, are likely to earn the top 3 spots for the award this year as the three were nominated for UEFA Men's Player award and FIFA Men's Player of the Year award. Virgil Van Dijk and Lionel Messi had already won the UEFA Men's Player of the Year and The Best FIFA Men's Player award respectively. On the other hand, Portuguese and Juventus forward Ronaldo returned empty-handed on both occasions. 

Lionel Messi Biography

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Virgil Van Dijk or Lionel Messi? Who will win the Ballon d'Or 2019?

Argentine and Barcelona forward Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo remain head to head with 5 Ballon d"Ors each. Messi last won the award back in 2015, whereas Ronaldo last won the award in 2017. Cristiano Ronaldo-Lionel Messi Ballon d'Or award domination ended in 2018, where Croatian and Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric won every major individual award last year.

France Football will award Ballon d'Or on 2 December. The venue for the ceremony is likely to be held in Paris. 

The top 30 male nominees for this year's Ballon d'Or award are listed below:

Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool)

Georginio Wijnaldum (Liverpool)

Roberto Firmino (Liverpool)

Alisson (Liverpool)

Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool)

Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)

Sadio Mane (Liverpool)

Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City)

Sergio Aguero (Manchester City)

Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City)

Bernardo Silva (Manchester City)

Raheem Sterling (Manchester City)

Antoine Griezmann (Barcelona)

Marc-Andre ter Stegen (Barcelona)

Lionel Messi (Barcelona)

Frenkie de Jong (Barcelona)

Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus)

Matthis de Ligt (Juventus)

Eden Hazard (Real Madrid)

Karim Benzema (Real Madrid)

Hugo Lloris (Tottenham Hotspur)

Son Heung-Min (Tottenham Hotspur)

Dusan Tadic (Ajax)

Donny van de Beek (Ajax)

Marquinhos (PSG)

Kylian Mbappe (PSG)

Joao Felix (Atletico Madrid)

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal)

Kalidou Koulibaly (Napoli)

Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich)

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Luka Modric Biography

The 21 nominees for Ballon d'Or Feminin are listed below:

Kosovare Asllani (Tacon)

Sarah Bouhaddi (Lyon)

Lucy Bronze (Lyon)

Nilla Fischer (Linkopings)

Pernille Harder (VfL Wolfsburg)

Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns)

Ada Hegerberg (Lyon)

Amandine Henry (Lyon)

Sofia Jakobsson (Tacon)

Sam Kerr (Perth Glory)

Rose Lavelle (Washington Spirit)

Dzsenifer Marozsan (Lyon)

Marta (Orlando Pride)

Lieke Martens (Barcelona)

Vivianne Miedema (Arsenal)

Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride)

Megan Rapinoe (Reign FC)

Wendie Renard (Lyon)

Sari van Veenendaal (Atletico Madrid)

Ellen White (Manchester City)

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