Footballs most prestigious award Ballon d’Or is up for grabs tonight as with the best players form across the globe all vying for the award.
Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo who have both won the award a record 5 times each, will be going head to head to see which of the two will emerge as the new 6 time record holding winner of the award.
The join 28 of the world’s top footballers who have also been shortlisted for the award.
2018 saw Croatia’s Luka Modric taking home the coveted award after winning the Champions League with Real Madrid as well as seeing his country through to the World Cup finals.
Messi who already pocketed FIFA’s The Best Man award in September is tipped as the most likely recipient of the award after his 36 goals for Barcelona in La Lig a last season made him top scorer of the season.
However Messi has some stiff competition with skeptics also in favor of Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk taking home the prize as he has already won a number of awards this year including UEFA’s Player of The Year Award.
Liverpool Manager Jurgen Klopp made the following statement in regards to who he believes should be taking home the award tonight between Messi and van Dijk:
“If you give the Ballon d’Or to the best player of this generation then you should give it always to Lionel Messi. That’s how it is,”
“But if you give it to the best player of last season, then it was Virgil van Dijk. I don’t know exactly how it will work but that is how I see it.”
The only thing working against Messi right now would be his performance in Copa America which saw him earning a 3 month Ban from International football with Argentina after he accused CONMEBOL of “corruption”.