Ballon d’Or voting in full as Lionel Messi wins award – The News
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Ballon d’Or voting in full as Lionel Messi wins award – The News


 Lionel Messi claimed his sixth Ballon d’Or award at a showstopping event in Paris on Monday night  Barcelona wizard Messi poked a gong ahead of rival Cristiano Ronaldo – as he completed a stunning 2019 with the famous trophy, to go alongside the ones he collected in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2015   Messi pipped Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk to the prize – with the Argentine picking up 686 voting points to the centre back’s 679  Van Dijk picked up the most votes from the European and Asian continents, with Messi topping the charts in each of the other four confederation areas  Reds winger Sadio Mane was Africa’s second favourite player, with Merseyside teammate Alisson breaching the top five in North America  Ronaldo came third in the vote – which is awarded by France Football and sees a top journalist in each country voting for their top five players of the calendar year  England’s voter, the Times’ Henry Winter, picked van Dijk has his No.1, with Messi, Ronaldo, Raheem Sterling and Alisson his other selections  Three players on the 30-man shortlist, Donny van de Beek, Joao Felix and Marquinhos, all failed to garner a single vote POINTS IN FULL 1. Lionel Messi – 686pts 2. Virgil van Dijk – 679pts 3. Cristiano Ronaldo – 476pts 4 Sadio Mane – 347pts 5. Mohamed Salah 178pts 6. Kylian Mbappe 89pts 7. Alisson – 67pts 8 Robert Lewandowski – 44pts 9. Bernardo Silva – 41pts 10. Riyad Mahrez – 33pts 11 Frenkie de Jong – 31pts 12. Raheem Sterling – 30pts 13. Eden Hazard – 25pts 14 Kevin de Bruyne – 14pts 15. Matthijs de Ligt – 13pts 16. Sergio Aguero -12pts 17 Roberto Firmino – 11pts 18. Antoine Griezmann – 9pts 19. Trent Alexander-Arnold – 8pts 20=Dusan Tadic – 5pts 20=Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – 5pts 22 Son Heung-min – 4pts 23. Hugo Lloris – 3pts 24=Kalidou Koulibaly – 2pts 24=Marc-Andre ter Stegen – 2pts 26=Karim Benzema – 1pt 26=Gini Wijnaldum – 1pt 28=Donny van de Beek – 0pts 28=Joao Felix – 0pts 28=Marquinhos – 0pts

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