Van Dijk, Mane And Salah Are More Likely To Win The Ballon d'Or Than Ronaldo

Three Liverpool players are more likely to win the 2019 Ballon d'Or than Cristiano Ronaldo according to betting aggregator Oddschecker.

Naturally, Lionel Messi is the favourite to hold aloft the prestigious individual award following his remarkable goal-scoring heroics for Barcelona.

He's scored a stunning 50 goals in all competitions with one game remaining; the Copa del Rey final.

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Image: PA

The Barcelona skipper is priced at 1/2 with the next three players on the list all hailing from Jurgen Klopp's squad.

PFA Players' Player of the Year Virgil van Dijk, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah are all in the top five and ahead of Ronaldo, who scored 21 Serie A goals in his debut season in Italy.

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Image: Oddschecker

Tim Cahill is tipping the Juventus superstar to win the Ballon d'Or.

"The reason why I say Ronaldo, I know people won't agree, is because of what he's done in Juventus," he said.

"He left Real Madrid, went there and had such a massive impact on another league. I've never seen another player do it at Man United, Madrid for so many years.

"And I know he didn't win the Champions League, but he has such an impact in any club. If you can take players and put them somewhere at his age.

"I know people won't agree; I just appreciate his professionalism."

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Image: PA

However, Kylian Mbappe believes the favourite for the Ballon d'Or is Messi.

"The favourite [for the Ballon d'Or] is Messi," he said. "The elimination in Champions does not change anything, he is the number one in everything.

"He has shown this year that he is the best player and although the year goes until December, I'm not worried about him, he's going to play until December."

Who'll be named the 2019 Ballon d'Or winner? Let us know who you think.

Nasir Jabbar

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