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Just in: The Top ten Ballon D’or Finalists

Odiase Osayande

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Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Virgil van Dijk are among the leading contenders to lift the coveted 2019 Ballon d’Or trophy in Paris on Monday night.

Barcelona and Argentina forward Messi is favourite to take the prize for a record sixth time but inspirational Liverpool defender Van Dijk is expected to provide strong competition.

Van Dijk was one of seven Liverpool players on the shortlist along with goalkeeper Alisson Becker, defender Trent Alexander-Arnold, midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum and forwards Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino.

Manchester City had five players nominated in Sergio Aguero, Bernardo Silva, Kevin De Bruyne, Raheem Sterling and Riyad Mahrez with Tottenham duo Hugo Lloris and Son Heung-min also featuring.

Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang also made the list, as did former Chelsea star, now of Real Madrid, Eden Hazard. Ronaldo – like Messi, also a five-time winner was again nominated

Here are how the 30 nominees in contention to win the prize finished.

The Winner and top ten of the 2019 Ballon D’or will be announced in a few hours.

Stay glued to Dockaysworld as we bring you all the updates of the ceremony and award presentation

READ: ‘Leaked Ballon D’Or results’ reveals 2019 winner as Cristiano Ronaldo emerges fourth position (See full list)

Odiase Osayande is a senior sports reporter at Dockaysworld. He's turning football into words and telling the best stories about the beautiful game to fans stateside and worldwide.

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