Lionel Messi, Ballon d'Or favourite in 2019

The Argentine won La Liga and the European Golden Shoe

Messi aspira a su sexto Balón de Oro
Messi aspira a su sexto Balón de Oro | Ignasi Paredes

Barcelona captain Lionel Messi is the favourite to win the 2019 Ballon d'Or.

David Salinas

@flytoapia

Luka Modric won it last year but this time it looks like it will go back to Messi, for the sixth time in his career after winning in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012  and 2015.

Messi won La Liga with Barcelona at a canter, scoring 36 goals which made him the division's top scorer and the European Golden Shoe winner. He also was in the Champions League best XI after helping Barca reach the semi-finals.

The forward could also add a trophy in the summer as Argentina play in the Copa America.

Few players can put Messi in the shade. The three on the podium last year didn't have amazing years. Modric won nothing, Cristiano Ronaldo helped Juve to Serie A, while Kylian Mbappe won Ligue 1.

Perhaps Liverpool's Mohamed Salah, who scored in the Champions League final to help them win it as well as netting 22 Premier League goals is the main challenger. 

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