Ballon d’Or markets suspended as Messi bets flood in


Speaking in an interview with Le Parisien, Real Madrid winger Eden Hazard was asked about the 2019 Ballon D'Or. Alisson, Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Roberto Firmino and Georginio Wijnaldum are also candidates for the gong. If it's for the best player of all, then it's Lionel.

He told a press conference on Tuesday, "I have said many times that Messi is the best player in the world and should win it".

Van Dijk is expected to be Messi's closest challenger, but it is thought that the 32-year-old secured a sufficient number of votes for victory before the deadline on November 9.

Messi is one of 30 players nominated for the 2019 Ballon d'Or, presided over by France Football, and the victor will be officially announced in Paris on 2 December. That's Lionel. Best player of last season?

"Or Momo [Salah], who is one of my friends".

Before the reports, Messi was second favourite to claim the prestigious prize behind Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk, who was an odds-on 2/5 when the shortlist was revealed last month. "It would be a good thing for both African and English football." the Belgian forward further said.

The Argentine faces stiff competition from Ronaldo, Liverpool duo Sadio Mane and Virgil van Dijk, and Mbappe himself, but the Paris Saint Germain forward believes there can only be one victor.

Lionel Messi has reportedly been informed that he will emerge the victor of the 2019 Ballon d'Or award thereby beating Cristiano Ronaldo and Virgil Van Dijk. He also mentioned that if there was a trophy for the best player of this generation, Barcelona's star Lionel Messi would win it hands down.

'I don't know exactly how it will work but that is how I see it.