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    Purported Ballon d'Or Doc Reveals Who Will Get 2019 Trophy Amid Raging Ronaldo-Messi Rivalry

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    Last year it was notably Lionel Messi who was excluded from the top 3, while this time, the results might be reversed, as a purported award summary leaked online places the Argentinian ace in the top spot.

    A list of the purported 2019 Ballon d’Or winners has been leaked on social media, and the now viral screenshot shows Barcelona star Lionel Messi as the one topping it having reportedly secured his sixth prize, beating out Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk.

    Messi is shown as the proud scorer of 446 points, with the Spanish star outpacing Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk by 64 votes for UEFA Men’s Player of the Year.

    The Reds seem to demonstrate strong presence on the alleged award list, with Mohamed Salah rounding out the top three, much to the chagrin of Cristiano Ronaldo’s fans.

    In the most surprising aspect of the bombshell revelation, the Juve star may be set to miss out on the first three spots, although the five-time winner has never finished lower than second over the last eight seasons.

    The leaked list places Ronaldo fourth, with other names on the list being Kylian Mbappe, in seventh, Dutch footballers Frenkie de Jong and Matthijs de Ligt eighth and ninth respectively. Real Madrid midfielder Eden Hazard is purported to round out the top 10.

    Both football stars and the audience won’t have to wait long for the official results of the vote: the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris will host the landmark Ballon d’Or ceremony on Monday evening.

    Last year it was just the opposite as it was Messi who ended up excluded from the top three. Luka Modric came in first with Ronaldo in second, followed by World Cup winner Antoinne Griezmann, with the result failing to strike a chord with devoted Messi followers.

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