Liverpool claimed Champions League trophy for the sixth time with a 2-0 victory over Tottenham in Madrid and ended 2018/19 European campaign.
The Ballon d’Or is the ultimate individual award in football and it remains the dream of most players to get the award. European success usually acts as the key factor in determining the Ballon d’Or winner.
Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have dominated the award, however, this year everything has changed.
Here are three favourites to win the Ballon d’Or 2019.
Sadio Mane was a key player for Liverpool during the whole 2018/19 season in all competitions. The player was under the shadow of his teammate Mohamed Salah last year. Nevertheless, this year he accepted the chance to take the centre stage at the club.
Mane scored 26 goals and created 5 assists in his 50 games for Liverpool. Moreover, in the Premier League, he scored 22 goals and won the Premier League Golden Shoe alongside Mohamed Salah and Pierre Emerick Aubameyang.
The Senegalese international lift the Champions League trophy with the Reds and there are real chances for him to end the drought and become the first African player to win the award after 1995 when George Weah won the Ballon d’Or.