Published: Tue, December 03, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Messi, Rapinoe expected to take Ballon d'Or honours

Messi, Rapinoe expected to take Ballon d'Or honours

Images appearing to "leak" the results of voting for Ballon d'Or 2019 have emerged on Twitter, showing Barcelona star Lionel Messi as the clear victor.

Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk was second in the polling this year, followed by Cristiano Ronaldo, who shared the record of five Ballon d'Ors with Messi until Monday.

Barca's Lionel Messi and ex-Real star Cristiano Ronaldo have dominated the awards ceremonies for the better part of the past decade, and have been nominated once again for the 2019 edition, but their streak was broken by Los Blancos' Luka Modric in 2018.

After Luka Modric ended the decade-long duopoly of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo previous year by winning the Champions League final and taking Croatia to the World Cup final, it's time for someone else to win as he isn't nominated this time.

While the 32-year-old Messi won his sixth Ballon d'Or, United States captain Megan Rapinoe won her first. With this award, the Croatian etched his name as one of the greatest players ever to play this wonderful game.

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Click through the gallery above to see the 10 teams with the most Ballon d'Or winners. Furthermore, his form at the start of the 2019/20 season propelled the club to the top of the table and into the UEFA Champions League round of sixteen. It's that time of the year when we witness the crowning of the world's best men's footballer.

"It's been an wonderful year, I was close but unfortunately there are a couple of players like (Messi)".

Messi is into his 16th season with Barcelona and made his 700th appearance for the LaLiga champions in last week's 3-1 win against Borussia Dortmund.

However Rapinoe, the 34-year-old feminist icon and outspoken critic of US President Donald Trump, should add this honour to those of Golden Boot victor for top scorer and Golden Ball for best player at the World Cup. Leo Messi, this year has been miles ahead of any other player in the world and it would be confirmed once he wins his sixth Ballon d'Or on Monday. It's awarded based on the vote of 180 journalists for France Football, who will select their five best players of the year.

Juventus defender Matthijs De Light won the Kopa Trophy for the best under-21 player, and the inaugural Yashin Trophy given to the year's best men's goalkeeper went to Liverpool's Alisson.

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