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The narrow points margin Messi beat Van Dijk by to win Ballon d’Or

The narrow points margin Messi beat Van Dijk by to win Ballon d’Or

03/12/2019 at 12:04Updated 03/12/2019 at 12:21

France Football declared the 2019 Ballon d’Or vote “one of the tightest in history” after Lionel Messi pipped Virgil van Dijk to the award.

A total of 176 journalists across the globe had their say, with five points awarded to their first pick, three for second and one for third.

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Messi's win sees him move one Ballon d'Or ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo, who was voted third ahead of Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah.

French magazine France Football will reveal the full voting breakdown on December 4.

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According to the Evening Standard, journalists from Europe and Asia deemed Van Dijk the world's best player, but Africa, Oceania and both North and South America favoured Messi.

Ronaldo reportedly picked up 476 points to Mane's 347 and Salah's 179.

Kylian Mbappe, Alisson Becker, Robert Lewandowski, Bernardo Silva and Riyah Mahrez completed the top 10.

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