THE Ballon d’Or has finally arrived as Lionel Messi seeks an unprecedented seventh gong.
And speculation in Spain suggests he has already got it, ahead of the man who would probably have won the cancelled 2020 award – Robert Lewandowski.
Great rival Cristiano Ronaldo, who is not attending the ceremony, has finished in sixth place.
That marks the first time the Portugal captain has finished outside the top three since 2010.
Barcelona’s Pedi has been announced as winner of the Kopa Trophy, honouring the world’s best young player, and Lewandowski has won the new Striker of the Year award.
Meanwhile Alexia Petellas of Barcelona has won the Women’s Ballon d’Or.
The winner of the award will be confirmed at around 9pm UK time tonight.
The full ceremony will be televised on Eurosport, while L’Equipe’s YouTube channel will be offering a free live stream.
Ballon d’or top 10
- Cristiano Ronaldo
- Mo Salah
- Kevin de Bruyne
- Kylian Mbappe
- Gianluigi Donnarumma
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