Register Login Scores

Ballon d’Or

African Stars Make History At 2019 Ballon d'Or Ceremony

Lionel Messi might have walked away with the 2019 Ballon d'Or award on Monday, but Africa's brightest stars made history for the continent at the spectacular gala event in Paris. 

Read: Messi Wins Record-Breaking 6th Ballon d'Or, CR7 Snubs Awards

Five footballers from the African continent were nominated for this year's award, including Liverpool prolific attacking duo of Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah, Napoli's Kalidou Koulibaly, Manchester City winger Riyad Mahrez and Arsenal forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. 

Among the nominees, Mane, Salah and Mahrez placed the highest of those from Africa, with the latter pairing ending fourth and fifth, respectively, while the Algerian took 10th spot.

In doing so, and for the first time in the history of the award, three African players had been ranked in the top 10 for the coveted Golden Ball. 

None of the continent's stars were able to break into the top three, however, with Messi being accompanied by Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk and long-time rival Cristiano Ronaldo on the podium. 

Click through the gallery below for images of the five African players who were nominated for the 2019 Ballon d'Or

Aubameyang ranked 20th, alongside Ajax Amsterdam forward Dusan Tadic, while Koulibaly ended four places behind in the 24th spot. 

Do you think Mane should have won the Ballon d'Or? Share your thoughts by commenting in the section below. 

2 comments

Top 5

Mohomi: I Wasted Two To Three Years At Sundowns

105 Nov 19, 2020 12:10 PM in Mamelodi Sundowns

The Highest-Paid Player At Each EPL Club Revealed

6 Oct 26, 2020 07:15 PM in Cadbury

Downs’ Intentions Known To Resurgent AmaZulu

19 Nov 19, 2020 08:35 AM in PSL

Players Who Were Caught Age-Cheating

27 Nov 17, 2020 12:27 PM in World News

Chiefs Defender Leads List Of Suspensions

5 Nov 19, 2020 01:58 PM in PSL

Rest In Peace Anele Ngcongca!

163 Nov 23, 2020 09:42 AM in PSL

Katsande Buying Meat In His Chiefs Gear Goes Viral

20 Nov 20, 2020 01:30 PM in The Best Of The Rest

Nurkovic Dazzles As He Shows Off Model SA Bae

9 Nov 23, 2020 04:28 PM in Footballers & Chill

Another African Billionaire Eyes Arsenal Takeover

6 Nov 20, 2020 10:35 AM in English Premier League

In Pictures: Pitso Rallies His Troops Ahead Of Crunch Week

13 Nov 19, 2020 11:14 AM in Players Abroad

14 Footballers Who Have Degrees

28 Sep 16, 2020 08:30 PM in World News

Why Thibedi Has Not Gone Back To Chiefs

16 Nov 19, 2020 12:06 PM in Kaizer Chiefs

11 Footballers Who Went Broke

33 Jun 10, 2020 07:15 PM in World News

Pirates V SSU – It Will Be A High-Scoring Affair

12 Nov 19, 2020 02:44 PM in Orlando Pirates