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Leaked: 2019 Ballon d’Or winner

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Lionel Messi has been leaked as the winner of the 2019 Ballon d’Or.

If there’s one trophy, apart from the World Cup, that a player wishes to win in his career, it is the Ballon d’Or. The prestigious award has become the hallmark of a player’s influence during his career.

This year’s Ballon d’Or winner will be decided on the 2nd of December. The ceremony will be held in the Theatre du Chatelet in Paris, France. The nominees of 2019 Ballon d’Or has already been announced by FIFA earlier. Lionel Messi, alongside arch-rival Cristiano Ronaldo and Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk, are tipped to be the strongest contenders to take the award home.

But, according to the Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo, Lionel Messi has already won the award. The Argentine scored 36 goals in as many appearances in La liga last season to clinch his tenth title for Barcelona.

Messi will win his record sixth Ballon d’Or on Monday if the reports turn out to be true.