The football family will land in Paris on Monday for the 2019 Ballon d'Or award-winning ceremony, with Lionel Messi and the USA Woman's World cup superstar Megan Rarinoe are predicted to be the two going home with the honors. Fans will be shocked to marrow failure by Rapinoe to cling to the honor in the women category set to hold at the Chatelet Theater as she returned to the country where she was the shining star concluded to have been behind the victory as they retain their title.
There continued to be suspense in the air as the identity of the men’s winner, since last year when Luka Modric of Croatia’s claimed the crown thanks to his exploits in dragging his country to the World Cup final and winning the Champions League with Real Madrid.
The event that rewrites a decade of where Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo had won the Ballon d’Or five times each, all eyes are now on the Barcelona man claiming number six.
There are 30 nominees pencilled for the prize, annually organized by France Football magazine were 180 journalists participate from around the world in the voting process.
Ronaldo, as well as several of the stars of the Liverpool side who won the Champions League, chief among them Dutch defender Virgil van Dijk is all among the nominees.
The 32yrs star top-scored in La Liga last season with 36 goals as Barcelona won the title. He did not have a great Copa America with Argentina, but his genius is undeniable.
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 winner for top scorer and Golden Ball for the best player at the World Cup.
It was tipped that her arch-rival seem to be opting for her.
Bronze told France Football that although she does lots of things off the pitch, I think she is the favorite to win the Ballon d’Or mainly down to her performances during the World Cup.