Leo Messi won the Golden ball in 2019
Striker “Barcelona” Lionel Messi, who received the sixth Golden ball, and the defender of “Liverpool” Virgil van Dyck spoke about why the ceremony of the award was not Cristiano Ronaldo.
According to the ranking best player in the world was Lionel Messi (Barcelona), which already in the sixth time has received the “Golden ball 2019”. But Matera is the rival of the Argentine Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus), which account for 5 of these titles, this year was the third. “Silver” was Virgil van Dyck (Liverpool).
As we know, Ronaldo did not come to Paris for the ceremony by France Football. The Portuguese gave the advantage of awards season in Italy, which took place on 2 December in Milan. There Cristiano received the award as the best player of Serie A.
Journalists asked Messi and van Dyck to comment on the absence of a competitor. “He is not here, because he could not be here. No need to twist everything. It was a great ceremony” – succinctly said Leo.
Messi and his 6 Gold balls / gettyimages
But the Dutchman is the answer to the question of the journalist quipped: “And he is not a contender to win?”. This phrase has angered the fans of Ronaldo, however, later van Dyck noted that it was just a joke.
Interestingly, in the voting Messi ahead of Virgil van Dyck only 7 points. But Cristiano Ronaldo behind the leader by more than 200 points. This is the closest result between the 1st and 2nd places since 1996. Ukraine gave the superiority of it to van Dyck.