Virgil van Dijk who is the Dutch professional footballer and plays as the Centre-Back for the Netherlands national team and English Premier League club Liverpool. For the first time as a defender, the Dutch defender won the UEFA Best Player award for his last season’s performance. Most important thing is, he beat Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo on the way. But later, Lionel Messi won the FIFA Best Player award in the same season by defeating Cristiano Ronaldo and Van Dijk. Now, all football lovers throughout the world waiting to see the winner of the Ballon d’Or 2019. Earlier today, France Football revealed the shortlist for the Ballon d’Or 2019!
In the shortlist, Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Virgil van Dijk are placed as expected. One of the best players in recent times, the Brazilian winger Neymar Jr cannot be counted in the shortlist which consists of 30 players. No, the last Ballon d’Or winner Luka Modric is also ignored!
The 30-man shortlist for the 2019 Ballon d’Or has been announced.
There are seven Liverpool players on the list!
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) October 22, 2019
For the 2019 Ballon d’Or award, France Football has revealed the list earlier today through the six different parts. The France Magazine started to reveal the list from the last night.
If we look to the top three potential players who might win the Ballon d’Or 2019, we must say the names of the UFA Best Player winner Virgil van Dijk, FIFA Best Player winner Lionel Messi and the Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo. As usual, Messi passed an amazing season who helped Barcelona to win the La Liga title. Besides, the Argentine star also played the vital role of leading the Catalan club to the Champions League semi-final and Copa del Rey final.
The 30-man shortlist for the 2019 Ballon d’Or 🙌
Pick your winner 👇 pic.twitter.com/x2uj6zBoEt
— Goal (@goal) October 22, 2019
If we look at the individual performance, Messi was the best in the last season. The Barcelona captain has scored the highest 36 goals in La Liga which is the highest in all European league competitions. So, he won the Pichichi Trophy and European Golden Shoe. In the Champions League, he scored the highest 12 goals. In his professional career, he has been awarded as the FIFA Best Player for the highest 6th times. For the club and national team, by playing 58 matches, the left foot magician scored 54 goals in the last season.
Cristiano also passed a good season with his new club Juventus. he led the Old Lady to Serie A title and helped his national team to win UEFA Nation League title so far. The Dutch player Van Dijk led his team Liverpool to the Champions League title in last season along with the 2nd position on the Premier League.