'Leaked Ballon d'Or Rankings' List On Social Media Reveals 2019 Winner
A 'leaked Ballon d'Or rankings' list has been shared on social media with Lionel Messi named as the winner.
The Barcelona superstar is tipped to win the prestigious individual award for a record sixth time, but he faces a fight to land the prize with Virgil van Dijk also in contention.
But it appears Messi will scoop the 2019 Ballon d'Or according to a leaked document posted online.
:exclamation:There is a 'leaked Ballon d'Or rankings' list leaked by an anonymous source earlier on Twitter today, in which Messi wins the award. pic.twitter.com/Uifzhxa5ov- Barca Universal (@BarcaUniversal) November 30, 2019
In the image uploaded on Twitter, Messi tops the voting with an impressive 446 points ahead of second place Van Dijk who has 382 points.
Van Dijk's Liverpool teammates Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane are third and fifth, respectively, with Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo in fourth.
The voting for the Ballon d'Or has already been cast, though it's unclear whether the leaked list is official or not.
Meanwhile, Van Dijk spoke about his chances of winning a maiden Ballon d'Or following his heroic performance in Liverpool's 2-1 Premier League victory over Brighton on Saturday.
"Well, I think it doesn't matter as you said already, we'll see," the Dutch defender said to Gary Lineker after scoring two goals at Anfield.
"I'm proud of what I achieved last year with Liverpool. I'm gonna be there for a reason.
"What can I say? We'll see. There's no loser there, there's only a winner. I'm already very proud."
The 2019 Ballon d'Or ceremony takes place on Monday in Paris, France.