The battle for the Ballon d’Or 2019 won’t be a clash of Ronaldo vs Messi however rather Van Dijk vs Messi. once national leagues all over their 18/19 season if you had asked folks that can win Ballon d’Or this year, ninety-nine would answer Messi.
What he’s done throughout the La Liga season was superb and he actually singlehandedly got his team to win the league (3 rounds before the top of the season), need to the ultimate of Copa del Rey, as well as, to the semis of UCL.
When it involves the contention of the forwards, as that’s largely between what players are that the competition for Ballon d’Or resolved; Messi exceeded all.
As you’ll see solely Mbappe is somewhat about to Messi’s stats.
But Ballon d’Or is regarding winning competitions. Thus, let’s take a glance at what everybody has managed to win throughout 2019:
Messi – La Liga
Cristiano Ronaldo – Serie A, Italian Super Cup
Kylian Mbappe – Ligue one
Van Dijk – Premier league
Mohamed Salah – Premier league
Who will win Ballon d’Or 2019? Van Dijk, Messi, Ronaldo & the favorites, outsiders, underdogs & latest odds
Liverpool being crowned European champions has made centre-back Van Dijk a firm favourite (with odds of 4/6 according to Oddschecker at the time of writing ) to be crowned the Ballon d’Or winner this year ahead of Messi and Ronaldo.
The Netherlands star has been instrumental in Liverpool’s UCL victory this year and was, of course, pivotal during their 4-0 win over Barcelona in the semi-finals. The only thing that would work against him, however, is the fact that the Ballon d’Or is very rarely awarded to a centre-back, with Fabio Cannavaro the last defender to win the Ballon d’Or in 2006 after winning the World Cup for Italy and lifting the Serie A title in Juventus colours.
Messi is a favourite to win his sixth Ballon d’Or with odds of 11/10, despite losing out on the UCL and Copa del Rey and only lifting the La Liga trophy with Barcelona. He did, however, win the European Golden Shoe with 36 goals, and success with Argentina this summer in Copa America would strongly boost his chances.
Juventus star Ronaldo had a similarly disappointing season on a personal level, having finished the season as his club’s top scorer but not the top scorer in Serie A, but remains 16/1 odds to win the Ballon d’Or for the sixth time. The striker, like Messi, did lift the league title, but his missing out on the UCL trophy could also hinder his chances. But in tandem with Van Dijk, Ronaldo leading his country to the Nations League trophy in June could put him into the running again ahead of his Argentina rival.
Mohamed Salah has odds of 18/1 to win his first Ballon d’Or, also in the wake of his Champions League success with Liverpool. The Egypt international finished the domestic season as the winner of the Golden Boot, tied with Sadio Mane and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.