Messi set for record 6th Ballon d'Or triumph

Messi set for record 6th Ballon d'Or triumph

- Lionel Messi appears to be the bookmakers' favourite to win 2019 Ballon d'Or award

- The Barcelona star faces tough competition from Juventus star Ronaldo and Liverpool ace Virgil van Dijk

- If Messi wins the 2019 award it will be the sixth time he does so

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Barcelona ace, Lionel Messi, appears to likely win this year's Ballon d'Or award for the record sixth time if reports from Spain are true.

According to Giveme sport, the Argentine is current favourite with the bookmakers to win the coveted prize ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo and Virgil van Dijk.

Messi, 32, will go head-to-head with the Portuguese and Dutchman alongside other nominees in the 30-man list line-up for the individual prize.

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The Barcelona forward is set to clinch the gong after his stellar performance that saw the Catalans coast to domestic glory, according to report from Spain.

Messi, who is ranked as one of the finest players of his generation, won the coveted award in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2015.

The 32-year-old had earlier claimed the FIFA The Best award ahead of his close challengers Ronaldo and the Liverpool centre-back in September.

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With attention focused on the gala of the Ballon d'Or award, a ‘leaked’ screenshot has emerged on social media which showed the top 10 players for this year’s Ballon d’Or, coupled with the number of points they each accumulated from the votes.

The Argentine led the list with 446 points, meaning he is set for another glory in football.

Liverpool star van Dijk came second on the list with 382 while Mo Salah and Ronaldo completed the top four spot with 179 and 133 points respectively.

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