The 64th edition of the Ballon d’Or gets underway this evening as footballing elites walk the red carpet in Paris as they make their way to the ceremony at Theatre du Chatelet.

We may have already had our first spoiler for tonight’s ceremony with a leaked document claiming that Lionel Messi has won his sixth Ballon d’Or ahead of Virgil van Dijk and Cristiano Ronaldo.

However, there is still certainly some mystery to come from tonight with women’s Ballon d’Or, Kopa Trophy and new Yashin Award to be awarded for the performing women’s football player, under-21 and goalkeeper, respectively.


Sportmail’s Danny Gallagher will provide live coverage of 2019 Ballon d’Or ceremony including red carpet updates and the winners of the Kopa Trophy, women’s Ballon d’Or and Yashin Award.

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18:44The full Messi family in attendance

Barcelona’s Dutch midfielder Frenkie De Jong (far right), his girlfriend Mikky Kiemeney and Lionel Messi with wife Antonella Roccuzzo and sons Thiago and Mateo

Messi and Roccuzzo stood for photographers outside the event

Messi opted for a sharp suit and slim fit silver tie

The full family will be present as Messi bids to win his sixth Ballon d’Or

The Messi party were all smiles on the red carpet

18:39Sportsmail’s Claire Bloomfield in Paris

There is a surge of noise erupting outside the Théâtre du Châtelet every time a blacked out limousine pulls up at the end of the red carpet. Thousands of people have braved Paris’ plummeting temperatures for a glimpse of football royalty…

18:38That unmistakable chant…

Messi has arrived, suited and booted and making his way down the red carpet.

Fans have packed around every available side of the walkway into the building in Paris, in hope of getting a picture with Messi or his signature.




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18:23Throwback to the reign of Kaka…

Remember this magical time?

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12 years ago today, Kaka won the Ballon d’Or

He was the last winner before 10 years of Messi-Ronaldo dominance

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18:21Lewandowski or 007?

The world’s most in-form striker has stepped onto the carpet looking very, very sharp indeed.

Bayern Munich’s Polish forward Robert Lewandowski arrives at the Ballon d’Or ceremony

Lewandowski poses for pictures along with his wife Anna on the red carpet

18:18Yachine noimnee in the building!



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18:11Here come Barca

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Bonjour Paris ! Notre arrivée dans la Ville- Lumière. #BallonDor

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18:08First arrivals in Paris



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Sweden star Kosovare Asllani of Spanish club CD Tacon arrives for the Ballon d’Or ceremony

International team-mate Sofia Jakobsson of Spanish club CD Tacon joined shortly after

18:06The main man

18:03Sportsmail’s Claire Bloomfield in Paris

The Ballon d’Or organisers have told Sportsmail that last year’s ‘twerking’ incident involving 2018 winner Ada Hegerberg was an “individual error” and this year’s ceremony will have a “different tone” and an “emphasis on emotion and football.”

Meanwhile Sweden international Kosovare Asllani is the first to arrive on the red carpet.

Though making the shortlist it’s unlikely she’ll be going home with the gong but we can expect the stars of the women’s game to arrive in force tonight – for many it’s an act of solidarity as much as crowning the world’s best player.

18:00Ronaldo’s SNUB

Cristiano Ronaldo will not be present at tonight’s glitzy bash in the French capital, as his bitter rival Lionel Messi prepares to pick up the honour for a record sixth time.

Virgil van Dijk is still strongly in contention, though all odds currently point to the maestro from Rosario reclaiming his title.

Cristiano Ronaldo has pulled a no-show for the showpiece ceremony

17:53The ten finalists


Robert Lewandowski

Riyad Mahrez

Sadio Mane

Kylian Mbappe

Lionel Messi

Cristiano Ronaldo

Mohamed Salah

Bernardo Silva

Virgil van Dijk

(In alphabetical order)

17:49Frenkie de Jong ranked 11th

Just 22-years-old and the 11th best player on the planet… wow.



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17:48Some year for this England youngster

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Trent Alexander-Arnold has provided more Premier League assists in 2019 (14) than any other player.

21 years old. 19th-place in the #BallondOr.

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17:4412th place for Raheem Sterling



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17:44Reassurances for Ronaldo

Rumours that Cristiano Ronaldo had missed out on the top three began to spread in the last 24 hours, which is explained fully in the link below.

We now know this has been disproven, as France Football have confirmed the 10 names to have made the final list.

Riyad Mahrez, Robert Lewandowski and Bernardo Silva each make the top 10, despite the earlier ‘leak’ saying they wouldn’t.

More twists and turns ahead, for sure.Leaked Ballon D’Or results appears to crown Lionel MessiAccording to the list, which purports to be the final classifications after voting for this year’s award, the Argentinean is set to top the pile once more, 64 votes ahead of the Dutch stopper.

17:42Eden Hazard ranked 13th



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17:32Juventus in attendance



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17:29Kevin De Bruyne ranked 14th



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17:18Who deserves to win?

Sportsmail’s writers run you through the arguments for the favourites.Who should win Ballon d’Or? Why Messi, Van Dijk and Ronaldo deserve itFootball’s glitterati descend on Paris tonight to find out who has claimed the 2019 Ballon d’Or. Sportsmail argues the case for each of the leading candidates: Messi, Ronaldo and Van Dijk.

17:16Liverpool have four players named in Ballon d’Or listFour Liverpool players make top 10 of Ballon d’OrLiverpool lifted the Champions League in June and currently sit eight points clear at the top of the Premier League and their star men are set to be honoured for their performances on Monday.



19th – Trent Alexander Arnold (Liverpool)
18th – Antoine Griezmann (Barcelona) 
17th – Roberto Firmino (Liverpool)
16th – Sergio Agüero (Manchester City)
15th – Matthijs de Ligt (Juventus)
14th – Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City)
13th – Eden Hazard (Real Madrid)
12th – Raheem Sterling (Manchester City)
11th – Frenkie de Jong (Barcelona)

17:08Rest of Top 30

23rd – Hugo Lloris (Tottenham)
22nd – Son Heung-min (Tottenham Hotspur)
20th – Pierre Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal)
20th – Dusan Tadic (Ajax)

17:05Joint 24th

24th – Kalidou Koulibaly (Napoli)
24th – Marc André ter Stegen (Barcelona)

17:04Joint 26th

26th – Karim Benzema (Real Madrid)
26th – Georginio Wijnaldum (Liverpool)

17:04Countdown begins to No 1

The ranking for the top 30 nominees has already begun.

Equal 28th are:

28th – João Felix (Atletico Madrid)
28th – Marquinhos (PSG)
28th – Donny van der Beek (Ajax)

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16:59Stars arrive in Paris for Ballon D’Or ceremony

Barcelona stars Lionel Messi, Antoine Griezmann and Frenkie de Jong have landed in the Franch capital ahead of tonight.Lionel Messi heads to France for Ballon d’Or ceremonyThe Barcelona striker is hotly tipped to scoop his sixth gong after also winning in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2015.