France Football have revealed the best players in the world in 2019, with numbers 28 downwards announced all the way to the Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi.
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The cream of world football gathered in Paris to find out who will be crowned the 2019 Ballon d’Or winner, but ahead of that big announcement, France Football drip-fed those players in positions 28 downwards.
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 – Heung-min Son 20= Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang 20= Dusan Tadic
The first five players revealed were new Atletico Madrid playmaker Joao Felix, Paris Saint-Germain 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.
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 Heung-Min Son (22) next.
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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.
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).