Ballon d’Or 2019 Award Winners Live Updates: The winners of the men and women’s Ballon d’Or 2019 will be announced tonight as the world honours its biggest and best stars. Barcelona and Argentina forward Lionel Messi is tipped as the favourite to win the men’s prize but Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk is also a frontrunnner. Cristiano Ronaldo may give a miss to tonights awards ceremony.
Last year, Luka Modric saw off competition from a host of French World Cup stars as the Real Madrid and Croatia midfielder won the 2018 Ballon d’Or on Monday, breaking Cristiano Ronaldo’s and Lionel Messi’s decade-long hold on the prestigious award. Messi and Ronaldo had won every Ballon d’Or since 2008, and usually fought only each other for the greatest recognition among football’s elite.
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