Van Dijk admits he was 'disappointed' to lose out on Ballon d'Or to Messi

Van Dijk admits he was ‘disappointed’ to lose out on Ballon d’Or to Messi

The Dutch defender missed the award by just seven votes as the Barcelona star won for a record sixth time Virgil van Dijk has admitted that he was disappointed to finish second to Lionel Messi in the Ballon d’Or voting. The Liverpool defender narrowly missed out on the top individual prize in football, losing out to … Read more…

'Did you see the votes?' - Yaya Toure questions Mane's Ballon d'Or snub

‘Did you see the votes?’ – Yaya Toure questions Mane’s Ballon d’Or snub

The former Manchester City midfielder is adamant the Senegal international deserved more recognition earlier this month Liverpool’s Sadio Mane deserved to win this year’s Ballon d’Or, according to former Manchester City and Barcelona star Yaya Toure, who questioned the voting for the award. Lionel Messi scooped a record sixth Ballon d’Or earlier in December, edging out … Read more…

Cristiano Ronaldo would've won Ballon d'Or if he played for Real Madrid – Mendes

Cristiano Ronaldo would’ve won Ballon d’Or if he played for Real Madrid – Mendes

Cristiano Ronaldo would have won the Ballon d’Or if he played for Real Madrid, according to the Juventus superstar’s agent Jorge Mendes. Ronaldo – a five-time Ballon d’Or winner – has not claimed the individual award since leaving Madrid for Juve in 2018, with Luka Modric and Lionel Messi honoured in back-to-back seasons. Messi received … Read more…

Eto’o blames Africans for Mane losing the Ballon d’Or to Messi

Eto’o blames Africans for Mane losing the Ballon d’Or to Messi

The former Cameroon captain has added his voice to Africans missing out on the world football award Cameroon legend Samuel Eto’o insists Sadio Mane deserved to win the Ballon d’Or had he not been “let down” by other Africans who voted against him for the award. Liverpool forward Mane finished fourth for the gong won … Read more…

Messi is the greatest, but Van Dijk should have won Ballon d'Or - Barnes

Messi is the greatest, but Van Dijk should have won Ballon d’Or – Barnes

A Liverpool legend thinks that the Dutchman was more deserving of the award than the Barcelona ace after a stellar 2018-19 campaign at Anfield John Barnes believes that Virgil van Dijk should have won this year’s Ballon d’Or ahead of the “greatest player in the world” Lionel Messi. The Barcelona superstar picked up the accolade … Read more…

Who will win Ballon d'Or 2020? The favourites, outsiders & underdogs

Who will win Ballon d’Or 2020? The favourites, outsiders & underdogs

From Lionel Messi to Cristiano Ronaldo and beyond, Goal brings you the contenders to win the next award for the world’s best player Following Lionel Messi’s record-breaking Ballon d’Or win in December 2019, thoughts are already turning to the 2020 edition as the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Virgil van Dijk and Kylian Mbappe set their sights … Read more…

Messi hat-trick a good way to celebrate sixth Ballon d'Or – Valverde

Messi hat-trick a good way to celebrate sixth Ballon d’Or – Valverde

The Argentine was in top form to lead his side to victory just days after claiming a record sixth award Barcelona head coach Ernesto Valverde said Lionel Messi’s record-breaking hat-trick was a “good way to celebrate the Ballon d’Or”. After claiming his sixth Ballon d’Or earlier in the week, Messi’s treble led La Liga champions … Read more…