Ballon d’Or 2019 Award Winners Live Updates: The winners of the men and women’s Ballon d’Or 2019 will be announced tonight as the world honours its biggest and best stars. Barcelona and Argentina forward Lionel Messi is tipped as the favourite to win the men’s prize but Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk is also a frontrunnner. Cristiano Ronaldo may give a miss to tonights awards ceremony.
Last year, Luka Modric saw off competition from a host of French World Cup stars as the Real Madrid and Croatia midfielder won the 2018 Ballon d’Or on Monday, breaking Cristiano Ronaldo’s and Lionel Messi’s decade-long hold on the prestigious award. Messi and Ronaldo had won every Ballon d’Or since 2008, and usually fought only each other for the greatest recognition among football’s elite.
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Ballon d’Or 2019 Awards LIVE Updates:
Ballon d’Or 2019 LIVE: Alisson Becker wins Yachine Trophy
Bayern’s Robert Lewandowski is on the stage to present the award-Yachine Trophy. Alisson Becker (Brazil/Liverpool), wins the trophy which is awarded to the best goalkeeper in memory of former USSR goalkeeper Lev Yashin.
Ballon d’Or 2019 LIVE: Matthijs de Ligt wins Kopa Trophy
Matthijs de Ligt (Ajax Juventus/Netherlands) is the winner of the Kopa Trophy, which is awarded to the best men’s player under the age of 21.
Ballon d’Or 2019 LIVE: Virgil van Dijk wants Messi to win
“Messi is still the best player in the world,” the centre-back said in June. “He deserves it as long as he plays. It doesn’t matter if he was in the Champions League final or not.”
Ballon d’Or 2019 LIVE: Cristiano Ronaldo is absent
So it is true that Cristiano Ronaldo will not be attending tonight’s event in Paris for tonight’s gala. Remember he did not attend the ceremony for FIFA’s The Best back in September. Reportedly he is not even in the top three players in the placings for the France Football award this year.
Ballon d’Or 2019 LIVE: Red carpet comes to a close
Ballon d’Or 2019 LIVE: Kylian Mbappe arrives
Ballon d’Or 2019 LIVE: Who all in the shortlist?
1. Sergio Aguero Man City
2. Trent Alexander-Arnold Liverpool
3. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Arsenal
4. Alisson Becker Liverpool
5. Karim Benzema Real Madrid
6. Keviin De Bruyne Man City
7. Frenkie de Jong Barcelona
8. Matthjis de Ligt Juventus
9. Joao Felix Atletico Madrid
10. Roberto Fimino Liverpool
11. Antoine Griezmann Barcelona
12. Eden Hazard Real Madrid
13. Kalidou Koulibaly Napoli
14. Robert Lewandowski Bayern Munich
15. Hugo Lloris Tottenham
16. Riyad Mahrez Man City
17. Sadio Mane Liverpool
18. Marquinhos PSG
19. Kylian Mbappe PSG
20. Lionel Messi Barcelona
21. Cristiano Ronaldo Juventus
22. Mohamed Salah Liverpool
23. Bernardo Silva Man City
24. Heung-min Son Tottenham
25. Raheem Sterling Man City
26. Dusan Tadic Ajax
27. Marc-Andre Ter Stegen Barcelona
28. Donny van de Beek Ajax
29. Virgil van Dijk Liverpool
30. Georginio Wijnaldum Liverpool
Ballon d’Or 2019 LIVE: Bacra Vice-Prez speaks
“Messi should have 10 more Ballons d’Or than Cristiano [Ronaldo]. But in any case, he’s going to have at least one more…”Barcelona’s sporting vice-president Javier Bordas tells Cadena COPE.
Ballon d’Or 2019 LIVE: Some more visuals
Ballon d’Or 2019 LIVE: What are the fans saying?
“I wonder if this, like many other Ballon d’Or awards in the past, will make it crystal clear to players who are clearly worthy of winning the top prize, but end up missing out, that being at Real Madrid and Barcelona makes a significant and perhaps decisive impact,” says a fan
Ballon d’Or 2019 LIVE: Here comes Virgil van Dijk
Ballon d’Or 2019 LIVE: Shiny red carpet
Ballon d’Or 2019 LIVE: Here comes Alisson Becker
Ballon d’Or 2019 LIVE: STAT ATTACK
2019 calendar year:
Most goals: Lewandowski
Most assists: Muller
Most NT/UEFA goals: Ronaldo
Most club goals: Lewandowski
C. America winner: Brazil
C. America MVP: Alves
CL winner: Liverpool
CL MVP: Van Dijk
Ballon d’Or 2019 LIVE: Here comes Messi
Will the Barcelona forward beat Virgil van Dijk to the Ballon d’Or?
MESSI, MESSI, MESSI…
Look who’s here, ready to walk on the red carpet! 👀 #ballondor pic.twitter.com/VbI6riVFx2
— #BallondOr (@francefootball) December 2, 2019
Ballon d’Or 2019 LIVE: A stunning welcome
Ballon d’Or 2019 LIVE: Messi to win?
Here is Michael Owen with some news. But we are sure there will be a twist in the tale.
Unofficial reports suggest Messi has scooped The Ballon D’Or once again at tonight’s ceremony. Here’s hoping an English player wins it next year after we win The Euro’s this summer! pic.twitter.com/ORII3uAzIJ
— michael owen (@themichaelowen) December 2, 2019
Ballon d’Or 2019 LIVE: Some history
12 years ago today, Kaka won the Ballon d’Or. He was the last winner before 10 years of Messi-Ronaldo dominance
Ballon d’Or 2019 LIVE: This looks grand
Four Liverpool players named in Ballon d’Or top 10 with Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Virgil van Dijk and Alisson
Ballon d’Or buffering…
— COPA90 (@Copa90) December 2, 2019
Ballon d’Or 2019 LIVE: Hello and Welcome
Lionel Messi scored Barcelona’s winning goal at Atletico Madrid on Sunday night. Michael Hincks was at the Wanda Metropolitano to watch the Argentine produce the goods once more on the eve of the Ballon d’Or announcement… Ballon d’Or frontrunners Virgil van Dijk and Lionel Messi both provided timely reminders as to why they are in contention to pick up France Football’s coveted award on Monday.
Who should win the Ballon d’Or? Stay tuned for all live updates.