2019 Ballon D’or Winner: Lionel Messi Wins Award for the 6th Time
- Lionel Messi is the overwhelming favourite to win a sixth Ballon d’Or at the Theatre du Chatelet in Paris tonight.
The Barcelona star leads a 30-man shortlist, with Virgil van Dijk and Cristiano Ronaldo expected to finish on the podium. There is no place for last year’s winner Luka Modric, though his Real Madrid team-mates Karim Benzema and Eden Hazard are in the running.
Van Dijk is one of seven names from Liverpool, while Manchester City have five nominees, Tottenham have two and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is the sole representative from Arsenal.