The magazine France Football announced the names of the nominees for the «Golden ball»
The magazine France Football, the founder of the «Golden ball» (considered the unofficial prize of best player of the year in Europe), has announced the names of the nominees for the award in 2019.
The list includes 30 players, including five-time winners of the «Golden ball,» Juventus striker Cristiano Ronaldo and the forward of «Barcelona» Lionel Messi. In addition, among other nominees were Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich), Karim Benzema (real Madrid), Kilian Mbappe («Paris St Germain») Eden hazard (real Madrid) and Raheem sterling (Manchester city). More than just a list of players Liverpool (seven), Manchester city (five people) and Barcelona (four).
The current holder of the prize, the midfielder of the national team of Croatia and real Madrid Luka Modric to the list of 30 nominees was not included. As noted Sports.ruhe was the first in 26 years the winner, which was not included in the list of finalists for the next year.In 1993, the same situation happened with Marco van Basten.
At the end of September best player in 2019 officially chosen by FIFA. They became Lionel Messi. Coach of the year was named the head coach of «Liverpool» Jurgen Klopp.