Barcelona Will be named the world’s best on Monday

Rafa CasalMARCA

Before likely collecting his sixth Ballon d’Or on Monday evening, Lionel Messi had time to visit Madrid and demonstrate once more why there’s nobody quite like him.

When it was least expected, the Barcelona captain delivered a crucial goal for the Catalans, just as their game at the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano looked set to finish scoreless.

But Messi wasn’t having it and produced another moment of individual brilliance to beat Jan Oblak and down Atletico Madrid.

Now, all eyes are on Monday evening’s festivities wherein he’s expected to be handed his sixth Ballon d’Or by France Football.

As a result, by winning it, he’ll move clear of Cristiano Ronaldo‘s count of five to stand above anyone else.

Liverpool‘s Dutchman Virgil van Dijk had been the favourite for the award, but Messi has turned things around to be frontrunner.

Cristiano Ronaldo, meanwhile, won’t even be on the podium.

It’s the first time in 26 years that no Spaniards are in the list of finalists for the award.

American Megan Rapinoe is the favourite for the women’s prize due to her exploits in the United StatesWorld Cup triumph.

Alisson Becker is expected to win the Yashin Award and Jadon Sancho is thought to be the Best Young Player.


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