According to leaked result for voting as released on various social media portals on Sunday, Lionel Messi won the 2019 Ballon d’Or Award with over 400 votes ahead of Liverpool defender Virgil Van Dijk who had over 300 votes.
Liverpool attacker Mohamed Salah scored five goals for the Reds as they won the Champions League title last season and the Egyptian international made the top three as a result of his impact for his club.
Five-time Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo finished in fourth position, while the Liverpool duo of Sadio Mane and Alisson Becker completed the top six.
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Lionel Messi and Virgil Van Dijk are regarded as the top two favourites for the 2019 Ballon d’Or Award with the winner set to be revealed on Monday evening.
Messi and Van Dijk were both in excellent form as they helped their respective teams to win their league games.
Virgil Van Dijk scored twice to give Liverpool a 2-1 win at home to Brighton and Hove Albion at the weekend.
On his part, Lionel Messi scored the only goal of the game as Barcelona beat Atletico Madrid 1-0 away from home on Sunday evening.