FIFA 20 predicts Ballon d’Or winners from 2019 to 2033. Some of the names on the list are quite surprising, others, not so much.
The Ballon d’Or is considered one of the most prestigious individual awards in football. Established in 1956, the award aims to reward the best footballer in a particular season. The award was shared by Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi for a decade before Luka Modric ended their dominance last season.
This season though, there seems to be no outright contender for the award. Virgil Van Dijk, who had a phenomenal season with Liverpool last season, won the UEFA player of the year award. Lionel Messi then surprised the world by bagging The Best FIFA Men’s Player award in September.
Just when you thought that the Ballon d’Or would be a 2 horse race, reports from Italy have now suggested that Cristiano Ronaldo is leading the race for the illustrious prize. However, considering his form in comparison to Van Dijk and Messi last season, Ronaldo winning seems highly unlikely.
However, that hasn’t made it any easier for the fans or pundits, who have been trying to guess who will win the 2019 Ballon d’Or almost every single day. YouTuber TheMasterBucks though, has taken it upon himself to make our lives easier.
By using FIFA 20, and simulating the game until 2033, he has attempted to discover who the next 15 Ballon d’Or winners are. You can watch the video here:
FIFA 20 predicts Ballon d’Or winners from 2019 to 2033
2019: Lionel Messi
Well this is bad news for Liverpool supporters. However, with the season that Lionel Messi had, it’s hard to argue with the call here.
2020: Lionel Messi
So much for the Messi is in decline talk. The Argentine picks his 7th Ballon d’Or.
2021: Lionel Messi
The 8th Ballon d’Or should finally put an end to the Ronaldo Messi argument, right? Or perhaps, this prediction will just end up igniting the flames.
2022: Kylian Mbappe
A 23-year old Mbappe with a 95 overall rating is predicted to come good on his potential and win his first Ballon d’Or.
2023: Kylian Mbappe
The still PSG striker gets 2 on the row
2024: Bernardo Silva
Manchester City’s Bernardo Silva stops the hattrick by winning his first and only Ballon d’Or of his career.
2025: Kylian Mbappe
The French sensation makes his way back to the top. His 3rd in 4 years.
2026: Leroy Sane
The now 30-year old German puts in the shift for Manchester City and wins the Ballon d’Or for an outstanding season.
2027: Leroy Sane
Sane is predicted to bag the award once again.
2028: Ousmane Dembele
The Barcelona winger finally comes good on his potential and wins the coveted award.
2029: Vinicius Jr.
Vinicius Jr, was once tipped to be the second coming of Cristiano Ronaldo. He finally wins the Ballon d’Or at 29-years old.
2030: Jonathan David
Not a lot of people know Canadian footballer Jonathan David today. He’s 19 and plays for Gent. However, FIFA 20 predicts that he will sign for Liverpool and end up with an 87-overall rating. More importantly, he will win the Ballon d’Or.
2031: Kylian Mbappe
Just in case you forgot who this French wonder was, Mbappe adds a 4th Ballon d’Or to his name.
2032: Kylian Mbappe
The now 34-year old forward is the penultimate winner in the list. He equals Cristiano Ronaldo’s record of 5 awards. Interestingly, he’s still playing for PSG.
2033: Vinicius Jr.
The Real Madrid winger wraps the list with his second Ballon d’Or.
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