Lionel Messi Current Affairs - 2020

Winner of 2019 Ballon d’Or awards

Winners of 2019 Ballon d’Or awards (“Golden Ball”) which recognises the best footballer in world for 2019, were announced by France Football magazine in Paris on 2 December 2019. This year was the 64th annual ceremony of Ballon d’Or, presented by France Football. The nominees for awards were announced on 6 November 2019.

A total of 176 international journalists voted for 2019 edition of Football Awards, with journalists from Europe and Asia voting for van Dijk, while journalists from Africa, Oceania and North and South America voted for Messi.

2019 Ballon d’Or awards winners

Ballon d’Or: Lionel Messi of Argentina and Barcelona FC. He won the award for a record 6th time in his career. He won previous award in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2015.

Ballon d’Or Féminin: Megan Rapinoe of United States and Regin FC. She won the 2019 Ballon d’Or Féminin for best female player in world.

Kopa Trophy (for best player in world under age of 21): Matthijs de Ligt of Netherlands

Yashin Trophy (for best goalkeeper in the world): Alisson Becker of Brazil and Liverpool FC won the inaugural Yashin Trophy as the best goalkeeper in the world in 2019.

The Best FIFA Football Awards 2019

The Best FIFA Football Awards 2019 were presented at La Scala opera house in Milan, Italy. It is an association football award presented annually by FIFA, the highest governing body of football. The  FIFA The Best Football Awards

FIFA’s The Best Awards ceremony: List of Winners

Best Men’s Player: Lionel Messi of Barcelona & Argentina

Best Men’s Goalkeeper: Alisson Becker of Liverpool & Brazil

Best Men’s Coach: Jürgen Klopp of Liverpool

Best Women’s Coach: Jill Ellis of United States

Best Women’s Player: Megan Rapinoe of Reign FC & United States

Best Women’s Goalkeeper: Sari van Veenendaal of Arsenal & Atlético Madrid and Netherlands

FIFA Fair Play Award: Marcelo Bielsa and Leeds United squad

FIFA Puskás Award for Best Goal of the Year: Daniel Zsori of Hungary who scored for Debrecen against Ferencvaros in Hungarian league

Men’s World 11 team of year:

Alisson Becker (BRA/Liverpool)

Virgil Van Dijk (NED/Liverpool), Marcelo (BRA/Real Madrid), Sergio Ramos (ESP/Real Madrid), Matthijs De Ligt (NED/Juventus)

Frenkie De Jong (NED/Barcelona), Luka Modric (CRO/Real Madrid), Eden Hazard (BEL/Real Madrid)

Lionel Messi (ARG/FC Barcelona), Cristiano Ronaldo (POR/Juventus), Kylian Mbappe (FRA/PSG)

Women’s World 11 team of year:

Sari Van Veenendaal (NED/Atletico Madrid)

Lucy Bronze (ENG/Lyon), Nilla Fischer (SWE/Linkopings), Wendie Renard (FRA/Lyon), Kelly O’Hara (USA/Utah Royals)

Julie Ertz (USA/Chicago), Amandine Henry (FRA/Lyon), Rose Lavelle (USA/Washington)

Marta (BRA/Orlando), Alex Morgan (USA/Orlando), Megan Rapinoe (USA/Reign FC)