The name of the winner of the Ballon d’Or 2019 will be announced on December 2 in Paris. In the meantime, Liverpool head coach Jurgen Klopp, Real Madrid midfielder Eden Hazard and PSG striker Kilian Mbappé have named their favorites.
“If you give the Golden Ball to the best player of your generation, you can always give it to Lionel Messi. But if you give it to the best player of the last season – it was Virgil van Dijk, – said Jurgen Klopp. “I don’t know how it’s going to work, but that’s how I see it.”
“I would give the Ballon d’Or to a Liverpool player. Mane, Salah or van Dijk – they deserve to win, says Eden Hazard. – If Sadio Mane had won the African Cup, no doubt he would have deserved to win. It would be great if he or Salah, with whom we are friends, won. This would be a very special moment for African football. And for English. They both deserve the Ballon d’Or.
“Who will receive the prize? Messi. Individually, he was the best this year, ”Kilian Mbappe is convinced.
However, according to rumors, the “Golden Ball-2019” will receive the forward of Turin “Juventus” – Cristiano Ronaldo. The sum of points, which the 34-year-old Portuguese scored (578 points), is even named. In second place, allegedly, is the defender of English Liverpool Virgil van Dijk (570), and Lionel Messi (499) closes the top three.
Recall that in fact, while Leo Messi became the owner of the Ballon d’Or five times – in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2015. The same figure was achieved by Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo – in 2008, 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2017.
PSG may acquire Griezmann as a replacement for Mbappe
PSG may acquire Barcelona striker Antoine Griezmann. The Parisian club sees him as a replacement for Kilian Mbappé.
According to the source, if Mbappe leaves the French club, then the Parisians can buy Griezmann. PSG believes that Griezmann will fit perfectly into the team and will be combined with forwards Neymar and Mauro Icardi, who are already playing in Paris.
It is noted that the French club intends to keep Mbappe in the lineup. The club’s sporting director Leonardo is considering offering a new contract to the 20-year-old striker, but he is not sure if the player will agree. This is all due to the fact that the “creamy” are preparing a proposal for the transfer to the player.
Real Madrid is ready to pay about 300 million euros for Mbappe.
Let us remind you that Antoine Griezmann became a Barcelona player this summer. The Catalan club activated the option to buy it from Atlético and paid 120 million euros for it.