In the list of millions of Lionel Messi fans, the Argentine superstar got a new admirer but he has an exceptional case, as the person is none other than former Spain and Real Madrid captain Iker Casillas.
File image of Ballon D'or. What Liverpool have in their favour, however, is that they beat Barcelona in the Champions League semi-final in a historic comeback.
Alisson Becker is expected to win the Yashin Award and Jadon Sancho is thought to be the Best Young Player.
"A few years ago, I received my first Ballon d'Or here in Paris", Messi said. The Argentine is the favourite to win the 2019 Golden Ball and here are three reasons why. This time we only saw Karim Benzema shortlisted in the 26th position, clearly the best Real Madrid player during the last months.
That incredible form helped him become only the fourth player in history to have three Ballon d'Or titles to his name - alongside Michel Platini, Johan Cruyff and Marco van Basten - when he picked up the prize for 2011.
Ballon d'Or 2019 Award Ceremony Date and Time, Live Streaming: The Ballon d'Or ceremony will be organised by France Football, where the best men's player and women's player will be adjudged after voting by journalists from around the world.
In the post by Casillas, he wrote: "Formula for football: goalkeeper (top) & player (GOAT)".
The year did not yield many trophies for Lionel Messi as he only won the La Liga title but one can not overlook the fact that the Argentine had a spectacular season on an individual basis.
The ceremony will happen on the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris on Monday night.
It was a year after the end of the day for Real Madrid's Luca Montreal, which ended Messi and Ronaldo's rule, but that was the decision that upset Ciellini. Messi scored 54 times for club and country in the 2018-19 season, and despite an injury-hit start to this season has notched 11 goals in 14 games so far. "It's going to be tough (to win the award) when these guys are around".