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Top 5 2019 Ballon d'Or nominees with most goals and assists in 2019

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Modified 21 Dec 2019, 01:11 IST

Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have each won the Ballon d
Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have each won the Ballon d'Or on a record 5 occasions

The Ballon d'Or is an annual football award awarded by France Football to the professional footballer deemed to have had the best performance for club and country in that year.

Originally instituted in 1955, a total of 44 different players from 19 different nations have won the prestigious award. Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, with 5 apiece, lead a group of 10 players to have won the award on multiple occasions. The duo is one of 7 players to win the award in consecutive years, with Messi the only one to win the Ballon d'Or on a record 4 consecutive years (2009-2012).

30 different players have been nominated for the 2019 Ballon d'Or, and the winner is to be crowned on 2nd December in the French capital. Let us examine the top 5 2019 Ballon d'Or nominees with the most goals and assists in 2019.

#5 Kylian Mbappe (Paris St. Germain / France): 48 (34 goals and 14 assists)

Kylian Mbappe
Kylian Mbappe

The 20-year-old Frenchman has had an impressive 2019 after winning the FIFA World Cup for France as a teenager last year.

Mbappe's 20 Ligue 1 goals in the first half of the year, en route to a league-high 33 goals for the season helped Paris St. Germain to their sixth French top-flight title in seven years. The Frenchman has continued his good form this year, scoring 5 goals in Ligue 1 and 4 in the Champions League.

Mbappe's hat-trick in PSG's 5-0 win at Club Brugges made the Frenchman the youngest player to score 15 Champions League goals, breaking the earlier record held by Lionel Messi. The 20-year-old also scored in a 2-2 draw with Real Madrid as PSG sealed top-spot in their Champions League group with a game to spare.

With 34 goals and 14 assists, the Frenchman has had a hand in 48 goals for club and country, which is the 5th-best by a 2019 Ballon d'Or nominee.

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Published 30 Nov 2019, 19:13 IST
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