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The world of football is eagerly awaiting the announcement of the winner of the new Golden Ball (Ballon d’Or), the most prestigious award in history, to crown the best in the world of football.

  Over the years, the award from France Football has sparked controversy because of legends that have been marginalized and the crowning of unworthy stars, to many.

World football will crown a new king for 2019 on Monday when Lionel Messi, Virgil van Dijk and Cristiano Ronaldo go head-to-head in the hope of winning this year’s Ballon d’Or.

Barcelona star Messi, 32, is the favourite to win the award for the first time since 2015.

Paris Saint-Germain ace Kylian Mbappe is also fighting to make the Ballon d’Or podium for the first time in his career, but titleholder Luka Modric failed to make the 30-man shortlist this year, per ESPN FC.

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Antoine Griezmann has finished third in two of the past three Ballon d’Or votes, but the France international could struggle to feature as prominently on Monday after struggling for form since joining Barca in the summer.

The 2019 Ballon d’Or ceremony will take place at the Châtelet Theater in Paris, and awards will be awarded to the best player in the world, as well as the award for the best player in the world, and the award ‘Lev Yashin’ for the best goalkeeper in the world, in addition to the award of the Cuba award for the best young player under 21 years.