Mohamed Salah scored a brace as Liverpool moved up to second in the Premier League with a 3-0 win over Brentford at Anfield.
The much-awaited 2019 Ballon d’Or is just one week away. A week later the football arena will crown the best player of the year with players as well as football pundits jointly casting their vote for the same. Amid all the buzz around the Ballon d’Or, Real Madrid star Eden Hazard has revealed his picks for the coveted award of the year.
Hazard stated that the award 2019 Ballon d’Or must be awarded to a UEFA Champions League-winning Liverpool star and thus he has picked Sadio Mane, Virgil van Dijk, and Mohamed Salah as the contenders for the coveted trophy.
“I would give it to a Liverpool player,” Hazard told Le Parisien.
“Mané, Salah or Van Djik deserve it. If Sadio had won AFCON with Senegal, there would have been no debate. It would be beautiful if he won it. Or Momo (Salah), who is one of my friends. It would be a good thing for both African and English football,” he added.
Meanwhile, Liverpool star Virgil van Dijk is expected to give a tough fight to Argentina star Lionel Messi for the top award this year. Cristiano Ronaldo is expected to finish third in the race. Virgil won the UEFA Player of the Year and was favourites to clinch The Best FIFA Football Award until Lionel Messi was given the honour. It remains to be seen who is awarded the top football honour.