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2019 Golden Ball list of nominees: Son Heung-min competes with Ronaldo, Messi

2019 Golden Ball list of nominees: Son Heung-min competes with Ronaldo, Messi

Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, and Virgil van Dijk continue to be the three most notable names in the 2019 Golden Ball list, along with Asian star Son Heung-min.

Last night, the famous football magazine France Football officially announced 30 candidates for the 2019 Ballon d'Or nominees. Expectedly, the people who have just led the Best race are Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Van Dijk keep on having names.

Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are the owners of 10 of the last 11 Golden Ball titles, while Van Dijk is having a perfect year with Liverpool with the Champions League title. Along with Van Dijk, up to 6 of his teammates are in the top 30, making Liverpool the team with the most players nominated.

7 Liverpool players named in the 2019 Golden Ball nominees are Virgil Van Dijk, Salah, Mane, Firmino, Wijnaldum, Alisson and Trent Alexander-Arnold.

2019 Golden Ball list of nominees: Son Heung-min competes with Ronaldo, Messi

Besides Arnold, the remaining English player to join is Sterling. The 24-year-old winger is the leader of City's six names in the top 30 candidates, along with Sergio Aguero, Riyad Mahrez, Bernardo Silva, Kevin De Bruyne and Ederson.

Tottenham's Asian star, Son Heung Min, is also on the nominees, although his teammate Harry Kane is not. Some of the other significant omissions are the owner of the 2018 Golden Ball, Luka Modric, the world's most expensive star Neymar or the outstanding Premier League midfielder N'golo Kante.