Fans of Barcelona Football player Lionel Messi chant his name as the Ballon d’Or 2019 trophy arrives at the Theatre du Chatelet, venue of the awards ceremony in Paris, France.
The star player has been tipped to be the winner of the 2019 edition of the award, which is rated at the top football award in the world.
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Over the weekend, Lionel Mesi was hailed as the “Golden Boy” by the Spanish press after his match-winning performance for Barcelona.
It seemed the points were going to be shared between the Catalans and their big rivals Atletico Madrid.
That was until the little genius popped up with the winner four minutes from time with a beautiful finish from 20 yards.
The Argentinian’s first league strike at the Wanda Metropolitano took Barca top of La Liga on goal difference.
And the strike will probably seal the silverware heading in Messi’s direction – with many claiming the award is already his.
Speaking after the game, Barca boss Ernesto Valverde said:
“When matches are tight and [your opponents] are strong, having Messi is always a great advantage.
“I liked it all. You have to watch matches from your team’s point of view.
“We suffered at the start and we got the three points, we won’t think about the bad now.”