The most prestigious solo award in football will be awarded on Monday night.
The 2019 Ballon d’Or award ceremony takes place in Paris, with Liverpool star Virgil van Dijk looking to become the first defender to win the award in 13 years.
In his way stand the two most successful players in the award’s history.
Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have both won the award five-times, and at least one of the two greats have featured in the top 3 since 2006, coincidentally the last year a defender won the award.
Connor Whelan sat down with Nicolas Quarles van Ufford to discuss who they think will win the award.