- Ballon d'Or 2019 saw Lionel Messi winning the award for the sixth time
- Sri Lanka reporter Hafiz Marikar, however, did not vote for Lionel Messi, Ronaldo or Van Dijk
- Marikar decided to vote for Trent-Arnold, Aubameyang and Antoine Griezmann
Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi on Monday night, December 2, won the 2019 Ballon d'Or award for the sixth time in his career beating Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk and Cristiano Ronaldo.
The Ballon d'Or award has been in existence since 1956 and it is been awarded by the Editorial staff of the French magazine.
Journalists from all over the world are being allowed to vote their favorites candidates and only one reporter will have the opportunity in a nation.
Most of the journalists who voted at the 2019 Ballon d'Or picked the trio of Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Virgil Van Dijk.
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But surprisingly, a Sri Lanka reporter known as Hafiz Marikar snubbed Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Virgil Van Dijk in his own votes.
Hafiz Marikar who works with Daily News picked Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold as his man for the Ballon d'Or with Aubameyang coming second, while Antoine Griezmann coming third.
He also selected Robert Lewandowski of Bayern Munich as his fourth choice with Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre Ter Stegen his fifth and final vote.
Last year that Luka Modric won the award, this same reporter Hafiz Marikar was reported to have picked Eden Hazard, Roberto Firmino and Paul Pogba in his top three.
Earlier, Legit.ng had reported how Lionel Messi sent Cristiano Ronaldo and his rivals a fiery warning after being crowned the 2019 Ballon d'Or winner for a record sixth time.
Messi claimed the enviable individual award ahead of Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk and arch-rival Ronaldo both who finished second and third respectively.
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