Ballon d’Or 2019 Nominees

The most contentious list in world football is the Ballon d’Or list of top soccer players for the calendar year. The Ballon d’Or 2019 nominees list was released to much fanfare as well as condemnation due to some players that didn’t make the cut. The list of 30 candidates for the best player in men’s football is headlined by FC Barcelona forward Lionel Messi, his eternal rival Cristiano Ronaldo, and Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk. For women’s football, USA national team’s Megan Rapinoe and Alex Morgan lead the list of top 20 women for their showing in the FIFA Women’s World Cup tournament earlier this year.

Ballon d’Or Winners List

For the longest time, the Ballon d’Or winners list has been dominated by this generation’s best players (and arguably the best of all time depending on who you ask) Ronaldo and Messi. The two forwards both share ten Ballon d’Or trophies amongst each other (five apiece). It took Luka Modric’s heroics in the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia to break the monopoly of the two stars and win the award. He led Croatia to the finals of the World Cup, as well as being an instrumental figure in the Real Madrid side that won the UEFA Champions League for the third consecutive time.

Ballon d’Or 2019 Nominees

The Ballon D’Or Rankings

The shortlist of the players will be reduced until the final three players that will be handed the trophy in the 64th edition of the award ceremony in December. The Ballon d’Or voting procedure is conducted by 176 soccer journalists from around the globe. Each journalist nominates five players and there’s a scoring criterion for players that are nominated.

NominationPoints
1st nomination6 points
2nd nomination4 points
3rd nomination3 points
4th nomination2 points
5th nomination1 point

The players will be ranked according to the points they accumulated and the winner will be announced in a glitzy ceremony later this year. Here’s a shortlist of the nominees for the 2019 Ballon d’Or award:

  1. Virgil van Dijk
  2. Sadio Mane
  3. Lionel Messi
  4. Cristiano Ronaldo
  5. Mohamed Salah
  6. Alisson Becker
  7. Trent Alexander-Arnold
  8. Roberto Firmino
  9. Raheem Sterling
  10. Kevin De Bruyne
  11. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
  12. Sergio Aguero
  13. Georginio Wijnaldum
  14. Eden Hazard
  15. Antoine Griezmann
  16. Riyad Mahrez
  17. Dusan Tadic
  18. Hugo Lloris
  19. Joao Felix
  20. Matthijs de Ligt
  21. Karim Benzema
  22. Marc-Andre Ter Stegen
  23. Donny van de Beek
  24. Robert Lewandowski
  25. Frenkie De Jong
  26. Bernardo Silva
  27. Marquinhos
  28. Kalidou Koulibaly
  29. Kylian Mbappe
  30. Heung-Min Son
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