Messi, Ronaldo and Van Dijk Reignite Rivalry, Makes 30-Man Ballon d’Or Nominee List


Barcelona’s talisman Lionel Messi, Juventus’ Goal machine, Cristiano Ronaldo and Liverpool’s Fierce defender, Virgil van Dijk are up against each other for the crown of best player in the world after making the 30- man nominee list for the 2019 Ballon d’or

Messi is in the hunt for his sixth Ballon d’Or, having last won the accolade in 2015, and will be hoping to add it to his collection after already scooped FIFA’s The Best award in September.

Ronaldo, whose last Ballon d’Or triumph came in 2017, could also potentially win the award for the sixth time, while Van Dijk, if he is chosen, would become the first defender to win it since Paolo Cannavaro in 2006.


The nominees were confirmed by France Football on Monday and the winner of the prestigious award is set to be announced at a ceremony which will take place on December 2.

Other nominees for the 2019 Ballon d’Or include Liverpool stars Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah. Manchester City stars Sergio Aguero and Raheem Sterling and a host of others.

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