Ronaldo could leave Juventus | Man Utd and PSG are candidates01 April 2020 / Miguel Coelho
The Portuguese star could be on his way out this summer. Where could he land?
Lionel Messi picked up his sixth Ballon d’Or on Monday to set a new record in the award given by France Football magazine. The Argentine finished ahead of Liverpool defender Virgil Van Dijk, and Juventus striker Cristiano Ronaldo, although in total there were 30 players who were eligible for the final prize. Among the 30 candidates there were 15 Premier League players, 7 from La Liga, 2 from Serie A, 2 from Ligue 1 and 1 from the Bundesliga. We review the final classification after the vote of 182 specialized journalists from around the world.
There have been 17 players who have entered the list of 30 finalists and who were not part of it in the 2018 edition, and there have also been considerable ups and downs in the ranking. The most significant was that of the great winner of last year since Luka Modric failed to make it among the 30 most voted players. The Croatian had prominence on Paris night by being responsible for delivering the award to Messi, and he received many compliments for his show of chivalry and sportsmanship in congratulating the Argentine.
In addition to the Croatian, Neymar’s absence was also highlighted in a year in which the Brazilian was burdened by injuries, while Luis Suárez, Gareth Bale, Sergio Ramos, Edinson Cavani or Harry Kane were other major absentees in the final list. Among those who have experienced a sharp decline is Antoine Griezmann. The French striker who changed Atlético de Madrid for Barcelona last summer, went from the third to the eighteenth place, starring in a 15-position drop. Other players who went down on the list were Eden Hazard, Karim Benzema, Cristiano Ronaldo, Kylian Mbappé or Kevin de Bruyne.
In the list of those who have improved positions is the great winner of the night, Leo Messi, who climbs four positions to take the Ballon d’Or. In addition, Sadio Mane, Alisson Becker, Roberto Firmino and Hugo Lloris also experienced significant promotions. 17 new players made it to the list of 30 finalists, many of them members of Ajax, Liverpool and Manchester City, receiving recognition for a great season for these clubs. Liverpool, for example, was one of the great protagonists of the night after winning the last edition of the Champions League, and while the central defender Van Dijk occupied the second position, Mané and Alisson rose 19 and 18 positions respectively. The Brazilian keeper also took the Yashin Trophy to be crown as the best goalkeeper of the world.
The worst news of the night was for Spanish football since there has been no player born in the Iberian country among the 30 finalists, unlike last year when Sergio Ramos and Isco Alarcón were the Spanish representatives. On the other hand, there were La Liga players in the list - in this case, a total of 7 - with four players from Barcelona - ??including the winner - two from Real Madrid and one from Atlético de Madrid, the Portuguese Joao Félix. Precisely the former Benfica player was third in the Kopa Trophy award that rewards the best talents under 21, in a ranking led by Dutch Mathijs de Ligt, who completed a brilliant season at Ajax and currently plays for Juventus.
.- Pierre-Erick Aubameyang (GAB/Arsenal).
.- Kalidou Koulibaly (CIV/Nápoles).
.- Georginio Wijnaldum (HOL/Liverpool).
.- Marquinhos (BRA/PSG).
.- Donny van de Beek (HOL/Ajax)
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