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.
Pep Guardiola’s Mother Dies From Coronavirus
Pep Guardiola’s mother has passed away from coronavirus, Manchester City has confirmed.
The Premier League champions confirmed the sad news on Monday that Dolors Sala Carrio had passed at the age of 82.
City paid tribute to their manager on social media, saying: ‘Everyone associated with the club sends their most heartfelt sympathy at this most distressing time to Pep, his family and all their friends.’
Guardiola is currently back at home in Barcelona following the outbreak, where he has been urging football fans to stay at home to reduce the spread of the deadly virus.
‘We miss football,’ he said. ‘We miss the life that we had a few days ago but now is the time to listen, to follow our scientists, doctors and nurses.
‘You are my football family and we are going to do everything possible to make you feel better. We’ll come back from this stronger, better, kinder… and a little bit fatter. Stay inside, stay safe.’
C. Ronaldo ‘Splurge £8.5 MILLION On Limited Edition Bugatti Centodieci’
The five times Ballon d’Or winner has been reported to have splurged £8.5million on a limited edition Bugatti – of which only 10 have ever been made.
Although the Juventus superstar is currently on lockdown in his native Madeira, he is believed to have ordered the luxury Bugatti Centodieci, report Bild.
Recall that he already has Bugatti Chiron and a Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse as part of his huge collection. However, the Bugatti Centodieci comes with some incredible and specifications.
The Centodieci is 44 pounds lighter than the Bugatti Chiron, and has a 8,000 cc (8.0 L; 488.2 cu in) quad-turbocharged W16 engine, rated at 1,177 kW (1,600 PS; 1,578 hp) at 7,000 rpm.
Late Kobe Bryant’s Towel Sold For ₦12 MILLION
Late basketball legend Kobe Bryant’s towel has been sold for over N12million ($33,000) at an auction.
Bryant wore the towel over his shoulders during his farewell speech after his final National Basketball League.
With the towel draped around him to help mop up his sweat, the Los Angeles Lakers superstar closed his speech with his signature phrase, “Mamba Out.”
A fan got hold of the towel as Bryant walked off the court at the time. It was then sold several times before the latest online auction.
The winning bid on Sunday was $33,077. The buyer also received two used tickets to the April 13, 2016 Lakers game.
Bryant scored 60 points in the Lakers’ 101-96 win over the Utah Jazz that night.
Speaking about the sale, Jeff Woolf, president of Iconic Auctions, told American news broadcaster CNN that the winning bidder is famous for having a large Lakers memorabilia collection.
“He is a devoted Lakers fan,” Woolf said. “His long-term plan is to create a museum in southern California.”
Bryant died in January at age 41 in a helicopter crash near Los Angeles that killed eight others, including his daughter Gianna.
Bryant played his entire 20-year NBA career with the Lakers. The superstar guard led the club to five NBA titles during his stay.
He was an 18-time NBA All-Star and the 2008 NBA Most Valuable Player and also helped the United States capture Olympic gold in 2008 at Beijing and 2012 in London.
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