A leaked version of the Ballon d’Or results has surfaced on social media ahead of Monday’s ceremony. A tweet shows a picture of the supposed top ten, though it is by no means guaranteed that this is the result. Lionel Messi and Virgil van Dijk are expected to be the top two. And the leaked result suggests Messi gets his hands on his sixth Ballon d’Or crown, pipping the Liverpool star.
The results show Messi on 446 points with Van Dijk on 382. The Dutchman’s Liverpool team-mate Mohamed Salah is third.
Cristiano Ronaldo, who has won five Ballon d’Or titles, is fourth in the list with another Liverpool duo in Sadio Mane and Alisson in fifth and sixth respectively.
Kylian Mbappe slots into seventh with Frenkie De Jong eighth. De Jong’s former Ajax team-mate Matthijs De Ligt is supposedly ninth. And former Chelsea winger Eden Hazard completes the top ten in the leaked results.
Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde believes his man should be picking up his sixth Ballon d’Or on Monday.
“I don’t follow these awards galas because they are too long. My vote, well, I guess, is the same as yours,” he said. “I would vote for the best, obviously. Ever year you always vote depending on how the seasons have gone for the players. “But if you have to give it to the best, let’s just give it to Messi and the problem is solved.”
While Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is backing Van Dijk for the gong, which awards the best player of the 2018/19 season.
“If you give the Ballon d’Or to the best player of this generation then you should give it always to Lionel Messi. That’s how it is,” Klopp said. “But if you give it to the best player of last season, then it was Virgil van Dijk. I don’t know exactly how it will work but that is how I see it. “The best player of all? That’s Lionel. Best player of last season? That’s Virgil. We will see.”
Reports By JOSHUA PECK / Express