The star of the Catalan "Barcelona" Lionel Messi became the winner in the voting for the "Golden ball"-2019, beating the nearest competitor by only seven points.
This is evidenced by the British newspaper Sport Witness, which published the full results of the voting of journalists around the world. Messi took the first place with 686 points. Dutch Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk has received 679 points, while Cristiano Ronaldo from Juventus rounded out the top three with the figure of 476 points.
The top five also included two representatives of the "Liverpool" - Sadio mane (347 points) and Mohamed Salah (178).
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Note that Lionel Messi has set a historical record of awards, winning it for the sixth time. Five wins in the vote - from Cristiano Ronaldo.