The list of thirty named for the Ballon d'Or 2019 was delivered on Monday night. French and Parisian side, it holds a lot of surprises: last year, surfing on the victory at the World Cup in Russia, seven French players had interfered in this list: Hugo Lloris, Antoine Griezmann, Pogba Paul, Kylian Mbappé, Raphael Varane, N'Golo Kanté and Karim Benzema. This year, they are only four: Karim Benzema, Kylian Mbappé, Antoine Griezmann and Hugo Lloris.
On the side of PSG, the trend is also downward: in 2018, the famous MCN (Mbappé, Cavani, Neymar) was in the spotlight. This year, only two players from Paris integrate the list: Mbappé of course but also the Brazilian Marquinhos. Exit Cavani and Neymar. These absences are far from scandalous: Cavani has multiplied injuries and was less successful in front of goal.
As for the Brazilian star of Paris, two injuries in 2019 have only allowed him to play … nineteen games only with PSG and Brazil. It is obviously too little to hope to be selected. But there is perhaps a Parisian who would have deserved to be on the list: the captain Thiago Silva, performing well with his club and who also won, like Marquinhos, the Copa America (the equivalent of the Euro for the American continent).
Three French women against Megan Rapinoe
On the feminine side, several French women are selected for the other trophies. The three Lyonnaises Amandine Henry, Sarah Bouhaddi and Wendie Renard are selected for the Women's Golden Ball, which should not escape the American Megan Rapinoe. The young French Matteo Guendouzi (Arsenal) is in the top ten nominated for the Kopa trophy (which rewards the best player under 21) that Mbappé received last year.
This year, there is a novelty: the Yachine Trophy, which will return to the best goalkeeper. Hugo Lloris, the captain of the Blues, currently injured, was selected in the top ten list. The 2019 Golden Ball will be awarded on December 2nd. A priori, it should be played between Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Virgil van Dijk, Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) or Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus Turin).