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Will it be a sixth Ballon d'Or for Lionel Messi?

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Cristiano Ronaldo in action for Juventus

Messi and Van Dijk are considered to be the top two contestants to win the Ballon D'Or this year.

"I hope to continue for a long time", Messi said on Monday in Paris from behind a row of the trophies which honour the world's best soccer player.

Coming off the back of another Champions League-winning season, again starring in a victory over Manchester United in the final - Messi was the clear victor in the vote, taking 47.88 percent ahead of Ronaldo in second with 21.6 percent and Xavi on 9.23 percent. The Portuguese player is not living his best moment in his career, being substituted by Maurizio Sarri and with Juventus struggling in Serie A. Besides, the Portuguese star won't be very happy seeing Messi overtaking him in the list of victor of Ballon D'Or.

Ballon d'Or 2019 Award Ceremony Date and Time, Live Streaming: The Ballon d'Or ceremony will be organised by France Football, where the best men's player and women's player will be adjudged after voting by journalists from around the world.

Lionel Messi is being tipped to win his sixth Ballon d'Or according to many emerging reports from Spain.

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Messi again beat Ronaldo to the accolade while Barcelona teammate Iniesta finished third. So far this year, Messi has 41 goals in 44 games. This year, Messi won it only touching silverware once, thanks to La Liga title.

However Rapinoe, the 34-year-old feminist icon and outspoken critic of US President Donald Trump, should add this honour to those of Golden Boot victor for top scorer and Golden Ball for best player at the World Cup.

The victor for the 2019 edition of the Ballon d'Or will be announced in Paris on Monday night, December 2.

But this year Messi has consistently displayed the greatness that has seen him edge out defensive colossus Virgil van Dijk. In 2018-19 the forward scored 51 goals and gave 22 assists. The Argentinian player makes history being the only player in the world with sixth awards. "It's going to be tough (to win the award) when these guys are around".

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