Barcelona superstar, Lionel Messi is set pick up a record sixth Ballon d’Or title, according to an image leaked online.
Messi is the heavy favourite to lift the trophy on Monday evening in Paris, ahead of Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk.
And according to the list, which purports to be the final classifications after voting for this year’s award, the Messi is set to top the pile once more, 64 votes ahead of the Dutch stopper.
There is a strong presence for the Reds on the list, with Mohamed Salah making up the top three, while Sadio Mane and goalkeeper Alisson Becker come in at fifth and sixth respectively.
One of the most surprising aspects of the list is perhaps the revelation that Cristiano Ronaldo may be set to miss out on the top three.
The five-time winner has never finished lower than second for each of the last eight seasons.
Elsewhere on the list, Kylian Mbappe is voted into seventh, while Dutch pair Frenkie de Jong and Matthijs de Ligt are eighth and ninth respectively. Eden Hazard completes the top 10
The ceremony will take place at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris on Monday evening.
Meanwhile, ORIENTAL TIMES at the time of this publication has not confirmed the authenticity of the leaked result.
Liverpool 2-0 Watford: Salah Nets Brace As Sloppy Reds Beat Bottom-Placed Hornets
Mo Salah scored two classy goals to give Liverpool another victory, but they had to ride their luck against bottom-placed Watford in a strange match at Anfield
Salah’s curling effort in the 37th minute put the Reds in front, finishing off a flowing counter attack.
Sadio Mane had a goal ruled out for offside early in the second half, before Salah made sure of the points with a fine flicked finish in the final minutes of the match.
Watford, in their first game under new boss Nigel Pearson, looked much improved and created several good chances but were wasteful in front of goal.
Nigerian Footballer, Odion Ighalo, Loses His Sister
Super Eagles striker, Odion Ighalo has just announced the death of his sister, Mary Ighalo.
Ighalo who made the announcement on his verified Instagram page revealed that Mary died on Thursday, December 12th 2019.
However, the striker who currently plays for Chinese club Shanghai Greenland Shenhua didn’t state how she died.
May her soul rest in peace. Amen.
Former Nigerian Footballer Philip Osondu Is Dead
Former Nigerian footballer, Philip Osondu has died in Belgium after taking self to the hospital to be examined on Thursday.
He was said to have felt unwell at work and decided to visit the hospital where he subsequently died.
Osondu played regularly for the youth teams of Nigeria, but never reached the first team.
In 1987 he participated in the World U-16 tournament in Canada. Nigeria reached the final, but then lost on penalties to the Soviet Union.
He got the World Cup Golden Ball as best player of the tournament.