According to an image leaked online Argentina and Barcelona star, Lionel Messi is set to pick up a record sixth Ballon d’Or title. Messi seems to be the heavy favourite to clinch the coveted award on Monday evening in Paris, ahead of Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk.
According to the shocking list is perhaps the fact that Cristiano Ronaldo may be set to miss out on the top three for the first time in 10 years.
According to the list, which claims to be the final classifications after voting for this year’s award, Lionel Messi is set to top the pile once more, 64 votes ahead of the Dutch stopper.
There is a strong presence for the Reds on the list, with Mohamed Salah suprisingly making up the top three, while Sadio Mane and goalkeeper Alisson Becker come in at fifth and sixth respectively. The five-time winner has never finished lower than second for each of the last eight seasons.
Elsewhere on the list, Kylian Mbappe is voted into seventh, while Dutch pair Frenkie de Jong and Matthijs de Ligt are eighth and ninth respectively. Eden Hazard completes the top 10.
The ceremony will take place at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris on Monday evening. One of the most surprising aspects of the list is perhaps the revelation that Cristiano Ronaldo may be set to miss out on the top three. The five-time winner has never finished lower than second for each of the last eight seasons.