The full result of the 2019 Ballon d'Or if statistics were used to pick the winner

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We're creeping closer and closer to the Ballon d'Or.

The footballing award season cranked into gear with Virgil van Dijk being named UEFA's Player of the Year, before Lionel Messi hit back by taking the top prize at FIFA's 'The Best' awards.

But let's be honest here, the Ballon d'Or will always be the top dog of individual accolades and France Football announced their list of 30 nominations earlier in the week.

It will come as no surprise that players like Cristiano Ronaldo and Sergio Aguero were given the nod, but the selections of Riyad Mahrez and Hugo Lloris certainly raised eyebrows.

A team of journalists will then decide the winner based on three criteria: individual and collective performances, player class (talent and fair play) and overall judgment of the player's career.

Ballon d'Or according to stats

It's not a system that will please everybody, though, and it made the team at WhoScored.com wonder: how would the 2019 Ballon d'Or play out if it was decided by statistics?

Well, using their vast bank of statistics, they averaged out the match ratings of world's top players to draw up their own shortlist of 30 players and then ranked them based on their totals.

It makes for fascinating reading and especially when you consider Van Dijk - the favourite in many people's eyes - is statistically just the 29th most worthy winner. Check out the full list down below:

30. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) - 7.36

SSC Napoli v Liverpool FC: Group E - UEFA Champions League

29. Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool) - 7.37

Manchester United v Liverpool FC - Premier League

28. Kingsley Coman (Bayern Munich) - 7.38

Tottenham Hotspur v Bayern Muenchen: Group B - UEFA Champions League

27. Bernardo Silva (Manchester City) - 7.39

Liverpool v Man City - FA Community Shield

26. Wout Weghorst (Wolfsburg) - 7.39

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25. Daniel Parejo (Valencia) - 7.39

Spain v Faroe Islands - UEFA Euro 2020 Qualifier

24. Nabil Fekir (Lyon/Real Betis) - 7.40

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23. Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool) - 7.41

Liverpool FC v RB Salzburg: Group E - UEFA Champions League

22. Erick Pulgar (Bologna/Fiorentina) - 7.41

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21. Filip Kostic (Eintracht Frankfurt) - 7.44

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20. Ricardo Pereira (Leicester City) - 7.47

Leicester City v Newcastle United - Premier League

19. Sadio Mane (Liverpool) - 7.48

Liverpool FC v RB Salzburg: Group E - UEFA Champions League

18. Luis Suarez (Barcelona) - 7.48

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17. Duvan Zapata (Atalanta) - 7.49

Atalanta v Shakhtar Donetsk: Group C - UEFA Champions League

16. Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich) - 7.50

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15. Eden Hazard (Chelsea/Real Madrid) - 7.51

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14. Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) - 7.53

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13. Kevin de Bruyne (Manchester City) - 7.53

Manchester City v Tottenham Hotspur - Premier League

12. Edin Dzeko (AS Roma) - 7.54

Udinese v AS Roma - Serie A

11. Nicolas Pepe (Lille/Arsenal) - 7.54

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10. Sergio Aguero (Manchester City) - 7.55

Manchester City v Watford FC - Premier League

9. Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund) - 7.56

England v Kosovo - UEFA Euro 2020 Qualifier

8. Thiago Alcantara (Bayern Munich) - 7.59

Real Madrid v Bayern Muenchen - UEFA Champions League Semi Final Second Leg

7. Angel di Maria (Paris Saint-Germain) - 7.66

Club Brugge KV v Paris Saint-Germain: Group A - UEFA Champions League

6. Alejandro Gomez (Atalanta) - 7.71

SS Lazio v Atalanta BC - Serie A

5. Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus) - 7.72

Juventus v Bayer Leverkusen: Group D - UEFA Champions League

4. Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) - 7.77

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3. Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain) - 7.79

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2. Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich) - 7.98

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1. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) - 8.35

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