France international and Paris Saint Germain forward, Kylian Mbappe, has tipped Barcelona talisman Lionel Messi to win the prestigious Ballon d’Or 2019 award.
The competition is really tight at the moment as the Argentine faces stiff competition from his close rival Cristiano Ronaldo and Liverpool’s centre-back Virgil van Dijk ahead of this year’s award gala slated for December.
Messi’s Champions League love story was brought to a rather shocking end in the semi finals. However, he was able to guide a ‘feeble’ Barcelona to a big glory with domestic win.
He was able to pull an incredible 51 goals in all competitions for his club in the 2018-19 campaign.
And Mbappe, who is also a strong contender for the coveted gong, backed Messi for the individual honour.
The French goal poacher was convinced the Argentine will clinch the award because he boasts the most remarkable calendar year among the thirty nominees, Goal reports.
The 32-year-old Argentine forward has won the awards on five different occasions tying him with Juventus striker Ronaldo who also has five pieces of the honour in his name.
Messi won the Ballon d’Or award in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2015, and he is one of the three favourites to take away the most sought gong this year.
The Barcelona superstar was recently crowned FIFA The Best player for the year 2019 after helping his team win La Liga last season.
The Argentine beat Liverpool’s Virgil Van Dijk and his arch-rival Cristiano Ronaldo to the prestigious award.