Happy Ballon d’Or day! Join us for rolling LIVE coverage from the world of football as your favourite prize takes centre-stage…
Top 10 Ballon d’Or nominees, RANKED
Liverpool have three players in the top 10, while Ronaldo finished third.
10. Riyad Mahrez
9. Bernardo Silva
8. Robert Lewandowski
7. Alisson Becker
6. Kylian Mbappe
5. Mohamed Salah
4. Sadio Mane
3. Cristiano Ronaldo
2. Virgil van Dijk
1. Lionel Messi ?
Top four finalists have been revealed!
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4. Sadio Mane
3. Cristiano Ronaldo
2. Virgil van Dijk
1. Lionel Messi ?
“It’s really amazing” – Messi
9 minutes ago 21:42″I would like to thank all the journalists to have voted for me, who wanted me to win this prize,” Messi said. “Thank you so much to my colleagues from the club, and all my colleagues who have contributed a lot for this prize. It’s really amazing.”
The one, the only ?
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@AlissonBecker wins the first ever Yashin Trophy for the world’s best goalkeeper
Down to the last four…
We’re down to the final four!
Virgil van Dijk #BallonDor #BallonDor2019 https://twitter.com/goal/status/1201558673694371840 …Goal✔@goalThe Ballon d’Or 2019 top 10 in alphabetical order
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? Megan Rapinoe wins Ballon d’Or Feminin trophy
Lucy Bronze finishes in second, and Alex Morgan places third.
The worthiest winner of the award, especially after her stunning 2019 in which she managed to win the World Cup with the USWNT as well as take a stand against the gender pay gap.
“I’m so sad I can’t make it there tonight, I was really looking forward to it. It’s a bummer,” said Rapinoe. “I want to say congratulations to all the other nominees – I can’t believe I’m the one winning it. It’s been such an incredible year. I want to say a huge thanks to my team-mates, my coaches and the federation. You help me on the pitch as well as off, and thanks for the support to my amazing family and friends. There’s not enough thank you or love in the world for everything that you do for me.”
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Alisson wins Yachine Trophy!
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The Liverpool shot-stopper beats out the likes of Manuel Neuer, Marc Andre-ter Stegen, Ederson and Kepa for the top prize.
“It’s a great honour to be here, with those great players – men’s and women’s – and great strikers. You always make our life difficult for sure. I just want to thank my family and my wife, who support me everywhere I go, to my parents in Brazil, and to God. I don’t feel lucky, I just feel blessed and grateful. I also want to thank my team-mates, to the Liverpool staff.”
Naturally, Robert Lewandowski is brought on to announce the Yachine Trophy…
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… as he is probably the last player most goalkeepers would want to come across!
Jokes as Didier Drogba teases Lewy about stealing the limelight. All in good fun.
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The stage is set
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How do they look, fans?!
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Messi and his family!
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2019 Yacine Trophy nominees
There’s a new trophy this year – the Yacine Trophy – that honours the very best goalkeepers in the game.
Here are the nominees:
– Alisson (Liverpool and Brazil)
– Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich and Germany)
– Ederson (Manchester City and Brazil)
– Andre Onana (Ajax and Cameroon)
– Wojciech Szczesny (Juventus and Poland)
– Jan Oblak (Atletico Madrid and Slovenia)
– Kepa (Chelsea and Spain)
– Samir Handanovic (Inter Milan and Slovenia)
– Hugo Lloris (Tottenham Hotspur and France)
– Marc-Andre ter Stegen (Barcelona and Germany)
Word is that Sadio Mane isn’t going to be attending the ceremony tonight.
Understandably he doesn’t want to miss the FA Cup third round draw being made.
? We all dream of a team of Messis ?
Messi and his family! #ballondor
Presenting the nominees for the 2019 Alternative Ballon d’Or awards.
1. Roberto Firmino’s offside armpit.
2. VAR. Near, VAR, wherever you are.
3. Liverpool ballboy. “Corner taken quickly…”
4. Tottenham ballboy. The Liverpool ballboy walked so the Tottenham ballboy could run.
5. Whoever decided £80 million was an appropriate fee to pay for Harry Maguire.
6. Colleen Rooney, aka Wagatha Christie. When people talk about part of the magic of football being that it is wholly unscripted, they’re talking about this.
7. Mike Dean in the stands celebrating Tranmere Rovers’ promotion.
8. Divock Origi.
It’s a glitzy ceremony as usual with a lovely red carpet – with a Fiat hatchback parked in the middle of it…
Anyway, Robert Lewandowski is here, looking well given that he’s currently in rehab for an addiction to scoring goals.
17:30 – No sign of Mahrez yet…
How high can Riyad Mahrez realistically go? Because we haven’t had his name pulled out yet and we are down to the top 10…
16 Sergio Aguero
15 Matthijs de Ligt
13 Eden Hazard
11 Frenkie de Jong
17:15 – The Liverpool lads are starting to make their mark…
19 Trent Alexander-Arnold
16:30 – Ballon d’Or ranking list continues
24= Marc-Andre Ter Stegen
23 Hugo Lloris
22 Heung-Min Son
20= Dusan Tadic
16:30 – Ballon d’Or ranking list revealed
France Football have begun to reveal their top 30 for the Ballon d’Or…
28= Joao Felix
28= Donny van de Beek
26= Karim Benzema
26= Georginio Wijnaldum
16:00 – Here come the boys
15:57 – Poch eyeing up a new challenge
Welcome home, Poch
The Argentine, who led Spurs to the Champions League final last season, was dismissed after a poor run of results across all competitions this season and replaced by Jose Mourinho who has since guided the team to three wins in as many games.
“There are a lot of clubs and attractive projects for me to take on,” Pochettino told Fox Sports in Argentina.
15:40 – Messi has touched down
Will it be a wasted trip though?
Tagging along with mom and dad. #BallonDor
15:23 – Dann, Cahill out for Palace
Roy: “The upcoming fixtures give us a very different kind of challenge. Injuries will play a part, which is natural during these periods. I hope we can keep fit and keep performance levels as high as they’ve been.”#CPFC | #CRYBOU
Roy: “I won’t be looking for rotation for rotation’s sake. We’re fortunate that we’ve had players come off the bench and do well – and there are certainly players knocking on the door – but I look to make changes when I think they improve our chances.”#CPFC | #CRYBOU
“He’s had a scan today. We hope it’s not a ligament issue. We hope it’s a kick but… it’s too close to the game for him to recover so he’ll miss tomorrow’s game, as will Gary Cahill,” Hodgson told a news conference.
” We hope to recover the pair of them for the game at the weekend (against Watford).”
Palace, who ended a winless run of five league games against Burnley at the weekend, are 11th in the table with 18 points from 14 games.
15:00 – Guardiola: Rodgers has made Leicester title rivals
Brendan Rodgers has made Leicester Premier League title rivals, says Pep Guardiola.
While Guardiola’s champions were held to a frustrating 2-2 draw at Newcastle United at the weekend, leaving them 11 points behind leaders Liverpool, Leicester secured a last-gasp 2-1 win over Everton the following day to cut the gap to eight.
Since Rodgers replaced Claude Puel in February, no other team outside of Liverpool and City have amassed as many points.
13:30 – Dyche hopeful on Taylor
Burnley’s injury problems mounted on Monday as defender Charlie Taylor could be ruled out of the Premier League match against champions Manchester City on Tuesday with a hamstring strain, although manager Sean Dyche is hopeful it is not too serious.
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Left back Taylor, 26, sustained the injury before halftime in Burnley’s 2-0 home defeat by Crystal Palace on Saturday.
“The initial reaction is it’s not a serious one,” Dyche told a news conference.
“We got him off as quick as we could so hopefully that’s prevented too much damage… I’ll wait and see what the physio tells me.”
13:10 – Mullins to take charge for Leicester game
Watford Under-23 coach Hayden Mullins will take charge of the team for Wednesday’s Premier League game against Leicester City with the club yet to find a replacement for the sacked Quique Sanchez Flores.
Sanchez Flores was sacked yesterday.
13:00 – Fabinho’s replacement perhaps?
With the injured Fabinho set to miss several Liverpool games, could this Norwegian ‘prodigy’ be the solution…? #LFCEuro Papers: Liverpool eye transfervideo.eurosport.co.uk1:58 PM – Dec 2, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacySee Eurosport UK’s other Tweets
12:25 – VOTE for your Ballon d’Or winner
We’ve compiled a list of pretty much anyone with an outside hope of clinching football’s famous individual prize…
Click HERE to vote!
12:05 – Guardiola: City not low on confidence
Despite a run of just one win in five games Manchester City are not low on confidence and it is important to analyse performances not just results, says manager Pep Guardiola.
“You have to see how the players run, how far, how they try and the body language. We never give up. The team is always there, that is my feeling,” Guardiola told reporters.
“You (the media) analyse the result. Of course, it’s not good for us.
“I know it doesn’t count but I have to analyse the performance. The performance was good.”
City will have a chance to get back on track when they visit Burnley on Tuesday before rivals Manchester United head for the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.
11:45 – Go back 11 years…
11:40 – Howe expects a relegation battle
Eddie Howe described Bournemouth’s last four seasons in the Premier League as relegation battles and said on Monday he expects the current campaign to be no different.
Having slipped to 12th in the standings after a run of three defeats in their last three games, Howe called for more consistency ahead of Tuesday’s trip to 11th-placed Crystal Palace.
EH: “We want to be winning regularly, but it’s difficult to focus on that alone.
“In our last three performances, the results could’ve been very different. I think we’re in good shape, but we have to be more consistent.”#CRYBOU
“In the four seasons we’ve had that we’ve managed to stay in the Premier League… they have been relegation battles,” Howe told reporters.
“It’s just we’ve managed to keep our heads above the line in all of those seasons.
” So in other people’s eyes… you go ‘that’s comfortable’. The reality is it’s always been tight and we’ve just managed to get a big result when we needed it.”
11:10 – Roll of honour
Let’s take a quick (bullet point assisted) trip down memory lane and revisit the winners of the last 10 Ballon d’Ors. Spot the odd one out…
- 2018: Luka Modric
- 2017: Cristiano Ronaldo
- 2016: Cristiano Ronaldo
- 2015: Lionel Messi
- 2014: Cristiano Ronaldo
- 2013: Cristiano Ronaldo
- 2012: Lionel Messi
- 2011: Lionel Messi
- 2010: Lionel Messi
- 2009: Lionel Messi
11:05 – ‘There are no losers’
Virgil van Dijk is already pre-empting defeat in tonight’s ceremony by insisting there will be “no losers”. As we all know, winning isn’t everything… it’s the only thing, so we’re afraid that you’re wrong on this occasion, big Virg.
“I am very proud to be in that bracket, to be in there for the way I performed with the team last year and also with the country,” he said. “It is just something to be proud of because not a lot of players go there and are up for these kind of things.
“There’s going to be a winner but there are no losers. We will see what happens.”
10:40 – Watford close to new manager
Watford are expected to announce their new manager on Monday after binning Quique Sanchez Flores. Chris Hughton and Paul Clement are thought to be the two men in the frame for the Vicarage Road hotseat, while Alan Curbishley is still available.
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10:20 – Results ‘leaked’
It’s probably just a teenager on Microsoft Paint, but we love a good conspiracy and many people are claiming the Ballon d’Or results have already been leaked. Given four Liverpool players are in the top six, we’re not convinced.
Also, where’s Raheem Sterling?! Disgusting if true…
This is the ‘leaked Ballon d’Or rankings’ which appeared online today.
If this is true, Lionel Messi will win his 6th Ballon d’Or tonight.
10:00 – Flirty Brendan
He’s second in the Premier League, overseeing a club packed with young talent. And yet Brendan Rodgers is inexplicably refusing to rule out a move to Arsenal, instead using his post-match press conference to reveal his contract has a release clause.
Come on… what are you doing, Brendan?! Arsenal are a shambles.
VIDEO – Rodgers: There will be 10 names for Arsenal job, but I’m happy at Leicester00:46
9:25 – Latest Ballon d’Or odds
Raheem Sterling at 100-1 is GREAT value*.
- Lionel Messi: 1/12
- Virgil van Dijk: 6/1
- Cristiano Ronaldo: 33/1
- Sadio Mane: 100/1
- Alisson Becker: 100/1
- Robert Lewandoswki: 100/1
- Raheem Sterling: 100/1
Please don’t lump a fiver on Raheem Sterling, then bill Eurosport when it all goes wrong. Remember: Messi has already won, apparently.
9:00 – Big Virg?
Of course, it’s not just Messi in the hunt for the Ballon d’Or. Liverpool supremo Virgil van Dijk is also hoping to scoop football’s most coveted individual prize – and his team-mate James Milner is backing him.
Nice one Virg – now go and bring home that Ballon D’or #YNWA