Research Reveals Which Players Must Make the 30 Man Ballon d’Or Shortlist Just According to Statistics

On Monday, France Football announced the 30 man shortlist for this year’s Ballon d’Or and last year’s UEFA Player of the Year Van Dijk is predicted to win the award.
However, if we solely consider average rating statistics, according to Oddschecker, who quotation WhoScored .com, then the Liverpool talisman would be 29th about the record, with Lionel Messi walking off with his sixth Ballon d’Or Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk might be the favorite for the Ballon d’Or crown this year, but solely considering stats, the Dutchman is actually 29th on the list of nominees.

Here’s the top 30 list according to the ratings from the research:

1. ​Lionel Messi – ​Barcelona – 8.35 average match rating

2. Robert Lewandowski – ​Bayern Munich – 7.98

3. Kylian Mbappe – PSG – 7.79

4. Raheem Sterling – ​Manchester City – 7.77

5. ​Cristiano Ronaldo – ​Juventus – 7.72

6. Alejandro Gomez – Atalanta – 7.71

7. Angel di Maria – PSG – 7.66

8. Thiago Alcantara – Bayern Munich – 7.59

9. Jadon Sancho – ​Borussia Dortmund – 7.56

10. Sergio Aguero – Manchester City – 7.55

11. Nicolas Pepe – ​Arsenal/Lille – 7.54

=. Edin Dzeko – AS Roma – 7.54

13. Kevin de Bruyne – Manchester City – 7.53

=. Karim Benzema – ​Real Madrid 7.53

15. Eden Hazard – Real Madrid/​Chelsea – 7.51

16. Joshua Kimmich – Bayern Munich – 7.50

17. Duvan Zapata – Atalanta – 7.49

18. Luis Suarez – Barcelona – 7.48

=. Sadio Mane – ​Liverpool – 7.48

20. Ricardo Pereira – Leicester City – 7.47

21. Filip Kostic – Eintracht Frankfurt – 7.44

22. Erick Pulgar – Bologna/Fiorentina – 7.41

=. Trent Alexander-Arnold – Liverpool – 7.41

24. Nabil Fekir – Real Betis/Lyon – 7.40

25. Daniel Parejo – Valencia – 7.39

=. Wout Weghorst – Wolfsburg – 7.39

=. Bernardo Silva – Manchester City – 7.39

28. Kingsley Coman – Bayern Munich – 7.38

29. Virgil van Dijk – Liverpool – 7.37

30. Mo Salah – Liverpool – 7.36

And if he win, Van Dijk is going to be the defender to win soccer’s most prestigious name because Italy was captained by Fabio Cannavaro into World Cup victory.
But it’s safe to say after the summer that Van Dijk had last time with Liverpool winning the UEFA Champions League, in addition to his national group Netherlands, who attained the UEFA Nations League closing, it appears unlikely that the Dutchman will miss out on the gong.

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