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🥇 Lionel Messi won the 2019 Ballon d'Or, but can you remember the other nine nominees?
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🥇 Lionel Messi won the 2019 Ballon d'Or, but can you remember the other nine nominees?

Since 2008, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have enjoyed a stranglehold over the Ballon d'Or.

They've been the two best players on the planet and the stats and awards have reflected that. 11 out of 12 Ballon d'Or trophies since and including 2008 have been awarded to one or the other. Only Luka Modrić temporarily broke that dominance in 2018. Messi's 2019 win was his first since 2015 and it took him to six overall titles, one ahead of great rival Cristiano Ronaldo. 

Here's a refresher of the list of ten nominees for the award handed out last December.

🥇 2019 Ballon d'Or nominees

  • 🇦🇷 Lionel Messi
  • 🇳🇱 Virgil van Dijk
  • 🇵🇹 Cristiano Ronaldo
  • 🇸🇳 Sadio Mané 
  • 🇪🇬 Mohamed Salah
  • 🇫🇷 Kylian Mbappé 
  • 🇧🇷 Alisson Becker
  • 🇵🇱 Robert Lewandowski
  • 🇵🇹 Bernardo Silva
  • 🇩🇿 Riyad Mahrez

That's quite a stellar list and it's no surprise to see such a strong Liverpool representation. Africa's representation is strong with Senegal's Sadio Mane, Egypt's Mo Salah and African Champions Algeria's Riyad Mahrez all in the mix.

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