France Football magazine has announced the names of the 2019 Ballon d’Or nominees. The most represented were the Liverpool players (7), who are the current Champions League winners. Manchester City is represented by five players. Among the nominees was not the winner of the 2018 award – Croat Luka Modric. The Ballon d’Or award will take place on December 2 at the Châtelet Theater in Paris.
Top five contenders: forward Sadio Mane (Liverpool), forward Sergio Aguero (Manchester City), midfielder Frenki de Jong (Ajax / Barcelona), goalkeeper Hugo Lloris (Tottenham) and midfielder Dusan Tadic ( “Ajax”).
Top 5: Striker Kylian Mbappé (PSG), defender Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), midfielder Donnie van de Beck (Ajax), forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal) and goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen (Barcelona).
Top five striker Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus), goalkeeper Alisson (Liverpool), defender Matthijs de Ligt (Ajax / Juventus), Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) and midfielder Giorginio Wijnaldum (Liverpool).
Fourth Five: Defender Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool), midfielder Bernardo Silva (Manchester City), striker Son Heung Min (Tottenham), forwards Robert Lewandowski (Bayern) and Roberto Firmino (Liverpool).
Top five: forward Lionel Messi (Barcelona), winger Riyad Marez, midfielder Kevin de Bruyne (both Manchester City), defender Calidou Coulibaly (Napoli) and forward Antoine Griezmann (Atlético / Barcelona) …
Sixth Five: Striker Mohamed Salah (Liverpool), midfielder Eden Hazard (Chelsea / Real), defender Marquinhos (PSG), winger Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) and midfielder João Felix (Benfica) / Atlético).
On December 2, the women’s Golden Ball, the award for the best player under 21 and a new prize for the best goalkeeper in the world named after Lev Yashin, will also be awarded.
Manchester United refused to buy PSG striker Neymar. The reasons why the leadership of the “red devils” made such a decision became known.
Neymar was seen as a footballer capable of winning the Ballon d’Or with the Mancunians. But there is a joke at Old Trafford: “If there is one Brazilian in the squad, it’s one Brazilian. If you have two Brazilians, that’s two Brazilians. And if there are three of them, you have a samba party. “
According to the source, Neymar was considered a player who could undermine discipline in the team.
Also, Neymar Sr., who is the player’s agent, is perceived as an obstacle to the transition. He appears to be a man who only cares about money.
Neymar wanted the Ballon d’Or, but even stronger than Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. Manchester United thought the Brazilian was not training as hard as Ronaldo and Messi.
PSG forward Neymar will miss a month with a thigh injury. He was injured in a friendly for Brazil against Nigeria (1-1).
The footballer reportedly underwent a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan today. The player was diagnosed with a second degree biceps muscle strain on the left femur.
Presumably, the Brazilian will not play for about four weeks. New details will appear in eight days, when Neymar undergoes another medical examination.
This season, Neymar has played 5 matches for PSG in the French championship. He scored 4 goals scored.