Football’s biggest stars will be celebrated tonight as the Ballon d’Or ceremony is about to kick start in Paris, France.
Lionel Messi is a strong favourite to win the men’s award for a record-extending eighth time, with Erling Haaland’s sensational first season at Manchester City unlikely to be enough for him to pip the Argentina star.
Should he win tonight, the Argentine super star will go home with his eighth award, the most in the world.
There have already been a number of rankings confirmed, with Bukayo Saka 24th and Jude Bellingham just pipping Harry Kane to finish 18th.
As with the men’s award, it is set to be a World Cup winner picking up the top women’s prize too, with Barcelona and Spain midfielder Aitana Bonmati leading the race as the Ballon d’Or Feminin gets a new recipient for the first time since 2019 after Alexis Putellas’ recent dominance.
Mary Earps and Georgia Stanway are among the Lionesses players nominated.
The top three will be Lionel Messi, Kyllian Mbappe and Erling Haaland in that order.