It would be an enormous shock if Rapinoe did not depart the Chatelet Theatre with the women’s prize as she returns to the country where she was the driving force on and off the field for the United States as they retained their title.
The suspense surrounds the identity of the men’s winner, 12 months after Croatia’s Luka Modric claimed the crown thanks to his exploits in dragging his country to the World Cup final and winning the Champions League with Real Madrid.
That ended a decade in which Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo had won the Ballon d’Or five times each, but the smart money now is on the Barcelona man claiming number six.
There are 30 nominees in total for the prize, organised by France Football magazine and voted for by 180 journalists from around the world.
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Men’s nominees for the 2019 Ballon d’Or 2019:
Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool), Bernardo Silva (Manchester City), Son Heung-min (Tottenham), Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich), Roberto Firmino (Liverpool), Alisson (Liverpool), Matthijs de Ligt (Ajax & Juventus), Karim Benzema (Real Madrid), Georginio Wijnaldum (Liverpool), Sergio Aguero (Manchester City), Frenkie de Jong (Ajax & Barcelona), Hugo Lloris (Tottenham), Dusan Tadic (Ajax), Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus), Kylian Mbappe (Paris St-Germain), Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Donny van de Beek (Ajax), Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal), Marc-Andre ter Stegen (Barcelona), Sadio Mane (Liverpool), Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City), Kevin de Bruyne (Manchester City), Kalidou Koulibaly (Napoli), Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid & Barcelona), Mohammed Salah (Liverpool), Eden Hazard (Chelsea & Real Madrid), Marquinhos (Paris St-Germain), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Joao Felix (Benfica & Atletico Madrid)
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‘Was he a rival?’: Virgil van Dijk’s cheeky Cristiano Ronaldo taunt after Ballon d’Or no show
- December 2, 2019 8:18pm
- by JACK AUSTIN
- Source: FOX SPORTS
Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk cheekily trolled Cristiano Ronaldo ahead of the 2019 Ballon d’Or awards in Paris after the five-time winner decided against attending the awards ceremony.
Ronaldo usually dodges the ceremony when he knows ahead of time that he has not won the football’s top individual award as was the case this year, with Lionel Messi and Van Dijk himself billed as the two favourites.
Van Dijk was asked on the red carpet ahead of the ceremony what he made of Ronaldo’s absence from the event for the second consecutive year and he responded by jokily questioning whether he was even a contender this year, despite winning five of the previous 10 awards.