Golden Ball: The list of 30 nominated players is published
The list of nominated players for the Golden Ball for 2019 has begun to be published.
Lionel Messi, Crisitiano Ronaldo and Virgil van Dijk are expected to be leaders of the 30 players nominated for the individual award.
The Barcelona captain is in the hunt for the sixth Golden Ball, and the Juventus star is trying to do the same.
Nominations have begun to be announced by France Fotball on Monday night, while the award for the best player in the world for this year will be shared on December 2.
This award was originally given by FIFA, but since 2016 the French media has been independent of the big football house and wants to share the trophy in person at an evening gala.
Below you can see the list of Golden Ball nominees:
1 # Sadio Mane / Liverpool / Senegal
Mane had a fantastic performance last season with The Red, who won the Champions League and finished second in the Premier League, while winning the Golden Boot with 22 goals scored.
2 # Sergio Aguero / Man City / Argentina
The Argentine striker made an impressive appearance last season as he won the English triple, Premier League, FA Cup and Carabao Cup.
3 # Frenkie de Jong / Ajax-Barcelona / The Netherlands
De Jong surprised everyone with his performances last season with the Dutch side until in January he completed his move to Barcelona. He managed to claim the champions Ajax at Eredivisie, while eliminating Real Madrid and Juventus from the Champions League.
4 # Dusan Tadic / Ajax
Tadic had good performances with the London team along with his team-mates, but was eliminated by Tottenham Hotspur in the semifinals of Europe’s biggest club competition.
5 # Hugo Lloris / Tottenham / France
The World Cup winner, along with his squad, placed fourth in the English league, but surprisingly made it to the Champions League final to be eliminated by Liverpool.
6 # Kylian Mbappe / PSG / France
The Frenchman last season managed to score 39 goals in all competitions, but only managed to win the Ligue 1 title.
7 # Trent-Alexander Arnold / Liverpool / England
Alexander-Arnold won the Champions League with Liverpool while making 16 assists, breaking the Premier League record for the number of assists that no defender had managed to do.
8 # Donny van de Beek / Ajax / The Netherlands
Van de Beek impressed everyone with his appearances in the league and in the Champions League, having team-mates eliminated Real Madrid and Juventust to be eliminated by Spurs in the semi-finals.
9 # Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang / Arsenal / Gabon
Aubameynag finished last season winning the Golden Boot with Mohamed Salah and Sadio Manen scoring 22 goals each, while Arsenal finished fifth.
10 # Marc-Andre ter Stegen / Barcelona / Germany
Ter Stegen won the La Liga title with the Catalans while he was steadfast at the Blaugrana gate.
11 # Cristiano Ronaldo / Juventus / Portugal
Ronaldo excelled in his first season with the Old Lady after winning the Serie A title and the Italian Cup, while with Portugal managed to defeat the Netherlands in the final to win the Nations League.
12 # Alisson Becker / Liverpool / Brazil
Alisson managed to win the Champions League with Liverpool, while Brazil managed to win the America’s Cup, and his performances were fantastic.
13 # Matthijs de Ligt / Ajax-Juventus / The Netherlands
De Ligt received all the attention last season with his appearances at Ajax in the Champions League, while this summer he switched to the Old Lady for 75 million euros.
14 # Karim Benzema / Real Madrid / France
Although Real Madrid were not in good form, Benzema managed to prove himself as a prominent striker, scoring 30 goals in all competitions.
15 # Georginio Wijnaldum / Luverpool / The Netherlands
The Dutch midfielder was almost deserving of Liverpool’s chance to win the Champions League, especially with goals against Barcelona, but lost the Nations League final to Portugal.
16 # Virgil van Dijk / Liverpool / The Netherlands
The Dutch defender can be said to be currently the best defender in the world, until last season he helped The Reds win the sixth title of the biggest club competition in Europe.
17 # Bernardo Silva / Man City / Portugal
Silva is impressing every day under Pep Guardiola’s orders, while last season was unstoppable in the Premier League, but also with Portugal in the League of Nations.
18 # Heung-min Son / Tottenham / South Korea
Son also showed last season that he is a player of high caliber, while with the Spurs managed to qualify in the Champions League final.
19 # Robert Lewandowski / Bayern Munich / Poland
The Polish striker is like summer, the older the better. Last season, he managed to score 22 goals for the fourth time in a row, winning the Bundesliga, DFB Pokal and the DFL Super Cup.
20 # Roberto Firmino / Liverpool / Brazil
Firmino was a key player last season for The Red and Brazil, having won the Champions League with the former and winning the American Cup with the national team.
21 # Antoine Griezmann / Atletico Madrid-Barcelona / France
Griezmann scored 21 goals in all competitions last season until finishing second in the Spanish league, and this summer moved to Barcelona for € 120 million.
22 # Kevin de Bruyne / Man City / Belgium
Despite having had a season with injuries, the midfielder continued to be in high form at Manchester City last season.
23 # Riyad Mahrez / Man City / Algeria
Mahrez had a successful year in both the Citizens and Algeria, winning the Premier League and the African Cup.
24 # Kalidou Koulibaly / Naples / Senegal
Koulibaly was also a crucial player at Napoli last season, finishing second in Serie A until he reached the Africa Cup final.
25 # Lionel Messi / Barcelona / Argentina
Messi had a fantastic season until he won La Liga with Barcelona and won the Golden Boot as Europe’s top scorer.
26 # Mohamed Salah / Liverpool / Egypt
Salah arrived last season to help Liverpool win the Champions League, while winning the Golden Boot in the Premier League with 22 goals scored.
27 # Eden Hazard / Chelsea-Real Madrid / Belgium
Hazard was also a key player for Chelsea last season, until he moved to Real Madrid for 100 million euros this summer.
28 # Joao Felix / Benfica-Atletico Madrid / Portugal
Joao Felix last season succeeded in conquering the world of football as a young and highly talented player, then switched to Atletico Madrid for € 130 million.
29 # Raheem Sterling / Man City / England
Sterling proved crucial in last season’s Manchester City triplet, not missing out on this list.
30 # Marquinhos / PSG / Brazil
Marquinhos helped PSG win the Ligue 1 title last season while having a fantastic performance.