Earlier reports have suggested that Cristiano Ronaldo could boycott this Monday’s Ballon d’Or ceremony holding at Theatre du Chatelet in Paris. The reason was that a leak of the final result indicated that Ronaldo’s hot rival, Lionel Messi may have won even before the official announcement.
An image is already circulating on various social media that Messi has been declared the winner with 446 points. If that is conformed later in the evening it will mean that he has won for the sixth time. More curious is the leak that Ronaldo is fourth on the list.
Among those jostling for the crown is Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk. But the leaked result shows that Van Dijk is second on 382 points while Africa’s and Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah with 179 points is third. What was recorded for Ronaldo is a paltry 133 points, which placed him fourth.
Liverpoolpair Sadio Mane andAlisson Beckerare fifth and sixth respectively in this list, ahead of Kylian Mbappein seventh.
Frenkie de Jong is in eighth, Matthijs de Ligt is in ninth and Real Madrid’s highest-placed player is Eden Hazard in 10th with just 21 points.