Messi, Ronaldo & Van Dijk continue to be the three most notable names in the Golden Ball nominees. However, many “familiar” faces do not appear
Among the 30 Golden Ball 2019 candidates, the Liverpool members impressed when they occupied up to 7 faces.
Meanwhile, midfielder Luka Modric – who won this award in 2018 – was not present. Paris Saint-Germain striker Neymar is also “missing,” when he failed to produce the best performances and repeatedly suffered injuries during the last season.
The following is a list of all candidates closed by France Football magazine:
# 1 Lionel Messi | Barcelona | Argentina
Messi continued to have another successful year when winning La Liga and at the same time received the European Golden Shoe Award with 36 goals.
# 2 Cristiano Ronaldo | Juventus | Portugal
Ronaldo won Juventus two titles including Serie A and the Italian Cup in the first season playing for this team. Besides, he also brought Portugal Team to the UEFA Nations League championship
# 3 Virgil van Dijk | Liverpool | Netherlands
Van Dijk had a great year with Liverpool when becoming an important pillar to bring Liverpool to the Champions League.
# 4 Mohamed Salah | Liverpool | Egypt
Salah didn’t “shoot” as much as his first season at Anfield, but he still won the Premier League Golden Boot title. The Egyptian striker also scored in the Champions League final, giving Liverpool the 6th championship.
# 5 Sadio Mane | Liverpool | Senegal
Mane has an impressive season with Liverpool and is the co-owner of the Premier League Golden Shoe title with 22 goals.
#6 Sergio Aguero | Manchester City | Argentina
The Argentinian striker played brilliantly in the domestic arena to help Man City win the treble – the English Premier League, FA Cup and Carabao Cup.
# 7 Frenkie de Jong | Ajax / Barcelona | Netherlands
De Jong had a great year playing for Ajax to bring the team to the Dutch championship and then the Champions League semi-final.
With impressive performances, he was recruited by Barcelona and signed in the winter transfer period.
# 8 Dusan Tadic | Ajax | Serbia
Tadic is another star on the Ajax team that has contributed greatly to the success of this team last season. In a 4-1 win over Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League, he performed brilliantly to sink Los Blancos at home.
# 9 Hugo Lloris | Tottenham | France
The France captain – the current World Cup winner – helped Tottenham reach 4th in the English Premier League, and also helped bring this team to the first Champions League final in history.
# 10 Kylian Mbappe | PSG | France
The young French striker has scored 39 goals in the last season – an impressive number. He also helped PSG to the throne in Ligue 1.
# 11 Trent-Alexander Arnold | Liverpool | Brother
Alexander-Arnold is an important factor helping Liverpool win the Champions League. He also set a record for assists for a defender, launching a total of 16 passes in the last season.
# 12 Donny van de Beek | Ajax | Netherlands
Van de Beek was a key player in Ajax’s squad. He also scored the “final” Juventus in the Champions League last season.
# 13 Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang | Arsenal | Gabon
Aubameyang co-owns the Premier League Golden Shoe title with Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane with 22 goals. He contributed to Arsenal’s 5th place in the Premier League, as well as the UEFA Europa League final.
# 14 Alisson | Liverpool | Brazil
Alisson played very solidly last year, helped Liverpool win the Champions League and besides, he also brought Brazil to the Copa America trophy right at home.
# 15 Matthijs de Ligt | Ajax / Juventus | Netherlands
De Ligt is one of the other members of Ajax’s “golden generation” of the 2018/19 season. As the leader, he was the leader to bring the Dutch team to glory, and was recruited by Juventus in the last summer for 75 million euros.
# 16 Karim Benzema | Real Madrid | France
Although Real Madrid has not been in good shape and “empty-handed” in the last season, Benzema still achieved very good scoring performance with 30 goals in all competitions.
# 17 Georginio Wijnaldum | Liverpool | Netherlands
Wijnaldum authored two goals against Barcelona to help Liverpool complete a historic comeback and then ascend the throne in the European arena.
# 18 Bernardo Silva | Manchester City | Portugal
Bernardo Silva is the brightest star in the Man City squad to win the treble in the domestic arena. He also contributed bringing Portugal to the UEFA Nations League championship.
# 19 Heung-min Son | Tottenham | South Korea
Son Heung-min has been very impressive in Tottenham’s shirt last season, scoring 20 goals in all competitions.
# 20 Robert Lewandowski | Bayern | Poland
Lewandowski was the Bundesliga top scorer last season with 22 goals and helped Bayern to a treble of domestic titles.
# 21 Roberto Firmino | Liverpool | Brazil
Roberto Firmino plays a very important role in Liverpool’s attack. In addition to winning the Champions League, he also helped bring Brazil to the throne in Copa America.
# 22 Antoine Griezmann | Atletico Madrid / Barcelona | France
Griezmann has scored 21 goals in all competitions last season, and this performance helped the French player was recruited by Barcelona for 120 million euros.
# 23 Kevin De Bruyne | Manchester City | Belgium
Despite being injured and sidelined for a long time, De Bruyne is still an important name in the Man City squad and contributes to bringing this team to the treble of domestic titles.
# 24 Riyad Mahrez | Manchester City | Algeria
In addition to the success of the Man City shirt, Mahrez also helped Algeria to crown the African Championship.
# 25 Kalidou Koulibaly | Napoli | Senegal
Koulibali is the “cornerstone” of the Napoli squad. He also helped Senegal reach the final of the African Championship.
# 26 Eden Hazard | Real Madrid | Belgium
Hazard said goodbye to Chelsea with the Europa League title, before moving to Real Madrid in a deal worth 100 million euros.
# 27 Raheem Sterling | Manchester City | Brother
Sterling is getting better and better at the hands of Coach Pep Guardiola. He has scored a total of 25 goals in the last season.
# 28 Joao Felix | Benfica / Atletico Madrid | Portugal
With 20 goals in the Portuguese League, Joao Felix was recruited by Atletico Madrid for 120 million euros. Coming to the Madrid team, he continued to show impressive performance and is a worthy alternative for Antoine Griezmann.
# 29 Marquinhos | PSG | Brazil
Marquinhos had a memorable year when he won Ligue 1 with PSG and Brazil with the throne in Copa America.
# 30 Marc-Andre ter Stegen | Barcelona | Virtue
Ter Stegen has always been a reliable barricade of Barcelona, helping the Catalonia team to the throne in La Liga last season.