2019 Ballon d'Or positions 28-eight revealed: Liverpool, Man City, Spurs and Arsenal stars named

02/12/19 7:50pm

The Liverpool duo of Georginio Wijnaldum (left) and Roberto Firmino feature in the Ballon d`Or top 30

France Football have revealed the 28 best players in the world in 2019, with numbers 28 down to eight announced ahead of the winner later tonight.

The cream of world football have gathered in Paris to find out who will be crowned the 2019 Ballon d`Or winner, but ahead of that big announcement, France Football have been drip-feeding those players in positions 28 to 8.

Ballon d`Or No`s 28-20

28= Marquinhos
28= Joao Felix
28= Donny van de Beek
24= Marc-Andre ter Stegen
24= Kalidou Koulibaly
23 - Hugo Lloris
22 - Son
20= Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
20= Dusan Tadic

The first five players revealed were new Atletico Madrid playmaker Joao Felix, PSG defender Marquinhos and Ajax midfielder Donny van de Beek, all in equal 28th, followed by Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema and Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum.

Spurs forward Heung-Min Son has been voted the 22nd best player in the world this year by France Football

The next batch of players to be announced by the esteemed football magazine were Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly and Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre Ter Stegen in equal 24th, with the Tottenham duo of `keeper Hugo Lloris (23) and Son Heung-min (22) next.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has enjoyed another eye-catching year in front of goal

In joint 20th place were Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Ajax playmaker Dusan Tadic, while Liverpool right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold - who became the youngest player to ever appear in back-to-back Champions League finals earlier this year - completes a wonderful 2019 by coming in in 19th position.

Ballon d`Or No`s 19-11

19 - Trent Alexander-Arnold
18 - Antoine Griezmann
17 - Roberto Firmino
16 - Sergio Aguero
15 - Matthijs de Ligt
14 - Kevin de Bruyne
13 - Eden Hazard
12 - Raheem Sterling
11 - Frenkie de Jong

Meanwhile, Barca`s new forward Antoine Griezmann was 18th, behind another Liverpool star in Roberto Firmino, with Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero, Juventus defender Matthijs de Ligt, City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne, Real playmaker Eden Hazard, City forward Raheem Sterling and Juve midfielder Frenkie De Jong completing positions 30 to 11.

Unsurprisingly, Raheem Sterling`s Man City exploits have been recognised by France Football

And, after a short delay, France Football then began revealing the top 10, with two City players in the form of playmaker Riyad Mahrez (10) and midfielder Bernardo Silva (9) the first names announced, followed by prolific Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski (8).

Man City midfielder Bernardo Silva made it into the top 10

All of which leaves Alisson, Sadio Mane, Kylian Mbappe, Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Mohamed Salah and Virgil van Dijk still in the running to be crowned the 2019 Ballon d`Or winner.

Follow our live blog on Monday evening with Lionel Messi the favourite to win the Ballon d`Or ahead of Liverpool`s Virgil van Dijk

source : skysports.com

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