End of Fotball season individual Awards are Season Defining, not player Defining.
Following the end of another campaign, the race for the Ballon D’or has began to take shape.
Luka Modric being crowned winner last time, brought an end to the much debated Lionel Messi-Ronaldo dominace.
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And with Ronaldo still Adjusting to his new club, Lionel messi a five-time winner of
the Ballon d’Or could only score one goal and could not register an assist during Copa America before host nation Brazil sent them packing with a 2-0 defeat, A new named has emerged favourite for the 2019 Ballon D’or.
VIRGIL VAN DIJK
Virgil Van Dijk is now leading the race to emerge as the first defender to claim the Ballon d’Or since Fabio Cannavaro in 2006.
The Liverpool defender proved he is now the best defender in the world in 18/19 season with immaculate and Colossal performances.
Liverpool’s most pivotal signing of the last decade, no question, Every successful team needs multiple leaders. In their Dutch No. 4, Liverpool have one of the greatest of all.
Van Dijk embodies every trait of the squad and, more than that, reflects it back onto every single other squad member.
His mark on the team is indelible and indispensable, but his individual action should not be overlooked, either.
Emphatically stating his case are a litany of awards: the PFA Players’ Player of the Year, a spot in the Premier League Team of the Year, same again in the Champions League Squad of the Year.
He’s favourite for the 2019 Ballon d’Or at this stage with many bookmakers and has just enjoyed his first full season as captain of the Netherlands, leading them to the Nations League final.
Bookmakers are tipping him as 4/6 favourite with Messi closely behind with odds of 6/5.
Cristiano Ronaldo at 12/1 appears to have fallen out of running for the award.
Interestingly, Lionel Messi enjoyed a remarkable goalscoring form last campaign with 36 goals in 36 La Liga matches.
The Argentine also netted 12 times in the
Champions League, but Barca’s defeat in the UCL semi finals by Liverpool, may not have only cost him a place in the final, But might have also cost him the Ballon D’or.