The six-time world footballer Lionel Messi and football world champion Megan Rapinoe are in Paris with the balloon d 'Or been awarded. There was disappointment for FC Bayern München striker Robert Lewandowski.
Messi of Spanish champions FC Barcelona prevailed in the election run by specialist journalists from around the world ahead of Champions League winners Virgil van Dijk of Liverpool and Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus Turin).
According to concurring media reports, Ronaldo had not even come to the meeting of the international football elite and instead attended the almost simultaneous award ceremony of the Italian Football Association in Milan. There, the Portuguese was awarded as the best player of the Italian league last season.
World Player Rapinoe won ahead of Lucy Bronze (England) and her compatriot Alex Morgan. The election is carried out by the journal "France Football."
Lionel Messi: Sixth Ballon d'Or "was unthinkable"
For Messi it is the sixth Golden Ball award, surpassing it he's his big rival Ronaldo (5).
German internationals Marc-Andre ter Stegen (FC Barcelona) and Dzsenifer Marozsan (Olympique Lyon) were among the nominees, as were Lewandowski. The Pole just finished eighth.
"I remember my first Balloon d'Or. It was unthinkable that I would now win my sixth," said Messi.
BVB star Jadon Sancho second-best U21 player
Dutchman Matthijs de Ligt (Juventus) won the Kopa Trophy for the best player under the age of 21, ahead of Englishman Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund). Leverkusen's Kai Havertz was also nominated.
Brazil's Alisson prevailed over Borges in the election for the best goalkeeper.
So far the last of five German winners of the Ballon d ' Or was Matthias Sammer in 1996.
Between 2010 and 2015, the election took place on the basis of a deal with France Football under the umbrella of the World Federation FIFA and was held as World Player of the Year award. The prize has been re-awarded by France Football since 2016.
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Awarded the Ballon d'Or in 2019 for reading:
+++ Lionel Messi makes the race +++
The Ballon d'Or 2019 goes to Lionel Messi. The Argentinian is with six wins now sole record holder before Cristiano Ronaldo (five). Second place went to Virgil van Dijk. Cristiano Ronaldo takes third place in front of Sadio Mané.
+++ Who will become Modric's successor? +++
"France Football" is still delaying the tension. But soon we'll know who will succeed Luka Modric.
+++ Many prominent winners +++
The award has been presented since 1956. An overview of all winners can be found here.
+++ Messi, Mané, van Dijk or CR7? +++
In a few moments the Ballon d'Or follows for the best footballer. Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Sadio Mané and Virgil van Dijk are among the last four remaining candidates.
+++ Megan Rapinoe Best Footballer +++
The award for the best footballer goes to Megan Rapinoe. The US-American triumphed at the last World Cup and was consequently the clear favorite.
+++ Alisson Becker clears +++
However, there is no way around Alisson Becker. The FC Liverpool goalkeeper grabs the Yashin Trophy, which will be awarded for the first time this year.
The German duel goes by the way to Marc-André ter Stegen, who finishes second to Manchester City's Ederson.
+++ Who will be the best goalkeeper? +++
Now the best goalkeeper in the world is chosen. The two DFB stars Manuel Neuer and Marc-André ter Stegen are also in the selection.
+++ Robert Lewandowski misses the top 5 +++
Meanwhile, "France Football" gives the next placements known for the Ballon d'Or. Robert Lewandowski finishes eighth and misses the top 5.
+++ Matthijs de Ligt best U21 professional +++
But Matthijs de Ligt clears the prize. Last year, the center-back reached the semi-finals of the Champions League with Ajax Amsterdam before joining Juventus last summer. BVB professional Jadon Sancho takes second place. Joao Felix takes third place.
+++ First decision coming soon +++
The first prize will soon be awarded for the best youngster, the Kopa Trophy. Jadon Sancho and Kai Havertz can hope for the Bundesliga.
+++ Last year's winner on stage +++
Now last year's winner Ada Hegerberg (best footballer), Kylian Mbappé (best U21- Player) and Luka Modric (Best Footballer) take the stage and look back on their victory.
+++ Nominees in focus +++
After the greeting, all the nominees will once again be in a video presented. At the same time we know who will be holding the Ballon d'Or.
+++ The gala is opened +++
Sandy Heribert and Didier Drogba enter the stage. The Ballon d'Or 2019 can begin.
+++ The tension is rising +++
The Theater du Chatelet is slowly filling up. The event will start in a few minutes.
+++ Where is CR7? +++
According to concurring media reports, Cristiano Ronaldo stays away from the ceremony today. The superstar has not been spotted on the red carpet yet.
+++ Luka Modric was one of the fans +++
In 2018 Luka Modric won the Ballon d'Or. The Croatian rider did not miss the event this year.
+++ Didier Drogba leads through the evening +++
Of course, today's gala adorns itself with a prominent presenter: ex-professional Didier Drogba will soon lead through the evening, together with the TV journalist Sandy Heribert.
+++ Dzenifer Marozsan and Co. arrive + ++
A whole delegation of the women's team from Olympique Lyon appeared on the red carpet a few minutes ago, including national player Dzenifer Marozsan.
+++ Lionel Messi on the red carpet ++ +
The superstar of FC Barcelona is considered the top favorite to win the golden ball. Correspondingly large is the interest in the Argentine, who goes on these days in the red carpet.
+++ Robert Lewandowski at the Ballon d'Or in the top 10 +++
The places 30 to 11 are taken. So it is clear that Robert Lewandowski made it into the top 10. Which rank the Bayern scorer lands exactly or whether he can even intervene in the race for the award, is still open.
+++ Ballon d'Or Gala: The Placements +++
Until the start of the event, "France Football" is gradually announcing the posterior rankings. sport.de gives the suitable overview:
Position 28 : Donny Van de Beek, Marquinhos, Joao Felix
Place 26 : Karim Benzema, Georginio Wijnaldum
24th place : Kalidou Koulibaly, Marc-André ter Stegen
# 23: Hugo Lloris
[19459010Place22: Heung-min Son
Place 20: Dusan Tadic, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
Place 19: Trent Alexander Place
Place 18: Antoine Griezmann
17th place: Roberto Firmino
16th place: Sergio Agüero
15th place: Matthijs de Ligt
14th place: Kevin de Bruyne
13th place : Eden Hazard
[Place12: Raheem Sterling
Square 11: Frenkie de Jong
# 10: Riyad Mahrez
Rank 9: Bernardo Silva
Number 8: Robert Lewandowski
Number 7: Alisson Becker Place 6: Kylian Mbappé
5th place: Mohamed Salah
4th place: Sadio Mané.
3rd place: Cristiano Ronaldo
2nd place: Virgil van Dijk
1st place: Lionel Messi
+++ Ballon d'Or Gala: These are the nominees +++
These 30 stars are hopeful:
Sadio Mané (Liverpool ), Sergio Aguero (Manchester City), Frenkie De Jong (Barcelona ), Hugo Lloris (Tottenham), Dušan Tadić (Ajax), Kylian Mbappé (PSG), Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Donny van de Beek (Ajax), Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal), Marc-André ter Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus), Alisson (Liverpool), Matthijs de Ligt (Juventus), Karim Benzema (Real Madrid), Georginio Wijnaldum (Liverpool), Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool), Bernardo Silva (Manchester City ), Heung-min Son (Tottenham), Robert Lewandowski (Bayern), Roberto Firmino (Liverpool), Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City), Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City), Kalidou Koulibaly (SSC Napoli) , Antoine Griezmann (Barcelona), Mohamed Salah (Liverpool), Eden Hazard (Real Madrid), Marquinhos (PSG), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), João Felix (Atlético Madrid)
+++ Balloon-d 'Or-Gala: These are the categories +++
In addition to the awards being the best footballer and best footballer also the best goalkeeper and the best U21 player in the world. In this category, the Leverkusen Kai Havertz and BVB professional Jadon Sancho are among the nominees.
+++ Ballon d'Or 2019: Who are the favorites? +++
The winners of the Ballon d'Or are selected by specialist journalists from all over the world under the leadership of "France Football".
While the Bundesliga are only represented by FC Bayern striker-star Lewandowski, Champions League winner FC Liverpool are the strongest club group with seven players. The Netherlands is the top 30 nation in the list with five candidates.
The list is headed as usual by the favored Lionel Messi (FC Barcelona) and Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus Turin). Both won the Ballon d'Or five times each. On the other hand, Croatia's last year's winner Luka Modric (Real Madrid) is not present.