LIONEL MESSI is the overwhelming favourite to secure this year's Ballon d'Or.
The Argentine has won the prestigious gong five times before and goes up against Cristiano Ronaldo and Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk.
Stars of the world game are in Paris for a lavish ceremony which will also see the presentation of the Kopa Trophy and Yashin Award.
Follow all the build-up, live rankings and red carpet action as it happens below…
- Start time: 7.30pm GMT
- Venue: Theatre du Chatelet, Paris
- TV/Live stream: No UK TV channel/France Football official website
Top Ten rankings (in progress)
- 5th – Mo Salah
- 6th – Kylian Mbappe
- 7th – Alisson
- 8th – Robert Lewandowski
- 9th – Bernando Silva
- 10th – Riyad Mahrez
Matthijs de Ligt (Juventus)
A clear winner in this category. De Ligt of course led Ajax to the Champions League semi-finals last season captaining the side at only 19.
If that doesn't warrant being named the best young player, I don't know what does.
Mo Salah (Liverpool)
A Champions League winner and now in the top five as Salah becomes the second Liverpool player in the top 10 tonight.
Kylian Mbappe (PSG)
He's only 20, but already the French forward is established among the elite.
It's sixth tonight, but surely PSG's flying forward is destined to be a future Ballon D'or winner.
WOMEN'S BALLON D'OR
Megan Rapinoe (Reign FC)
A no-brainer for the women's prize as World Cup star Rapinoe takes top spot.
The forward was the driving force in the United States succesful Woprld Cup campaign and comes out ahead of England's Lucy Bronze and fellow American Alex Morgan.
Alisson Becker (Liverpool)
It's a thankless task being a keeper, but Allison is taking his moment in the limelight.
The former Roma man still finds time to praise the forwards in his acceptance speech though.
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