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Ballon d’Or results 2019: Weird votes expose Lionel Messi farce

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Not everyone thinks Lionel Messi is the best footballer in the world. In fact, some people don’t even have him in the top five.

The Barcelona superstar was crowned the best player on earth when he won a record sixth Ballon d’Or in Paris this week, finishing ahead of Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk (second) and longtime rival Cristiano Ronaldo (third).

Once a shortlist of 30 players eligible to win the award is compiled by the team at prestigious publication France Football, a jury of reporters representing a host of footballing nations is put together. Each journalist gets to vote for their top five — based purely on players’ output in the 2019 calendar year — and this year the award for most outlandish wishlist goes to Hafiz Marikar of Sri Lanka.

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As revealed on Twitter by football writer James Nalton, Marikar snubbed Messi altogether — and Ronaldo too — and instead claimed Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold was deserving of the Ballon d’Or.

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Barcelona star Lionel Messi won his sixth Ballon d’Or earlier this week.

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