2019 Ballon d'Or winner revealed?

International

With the 2019 Ballon d'Or winner set to be revealed on Monday, it's been reported the winner of the prestigious accolade has already been leaked.

In the build-up to the latest Golden Ball award, FC Barcelona captain Lionel Messi and Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk have been touted as the clear favourites.

However, reports in Spanish media suggest that Messi has already been informed that he'll lift a record sixth Ballon d'Or - which would take him one clear of Cristiano Ronaldo.

According to Mundo Deportivo and Sport, the publication that awards the individual honour, France Football, has already interviewed the 32-year-old and taken cover photo's for the historic achievement.

The Argentine was pipped to the UEFA Men's Player of the Year to Van Dijk but lifted the FIFA Best Men's Player of the Year for his exploits in 2019.

Messi has been in inspiring form once again this season, with 10 goals and eight assists to his name in 13 games across all competitions.

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