The 2017 Ballon d’Or winner will be announced at an award ceremony in Paris on Thursday. After another stellar year that included a La Liga title and Champions League victory, Cristiano Ronaldo is an overwhelming favourite to retain the award. If he wins, Ronaldo will equal the haul of five titles won by his great rival, Barcelona’s Lionel Messi. There are some Premier League players in the running, including Harry Kane and Eden Hazard, so stay tuned for all the news from the event in Paris.
Ballon d’Or 2017 Live
30-26: Mertens/Coutinho tied, Dzeko, Hummels, Oblak
25-21: Benzema, Falcao, Mane, Bonucci/Aubameyang tied
20-16: De Gea, Hazard, Griezmann, Kroos, Marcelo
15-11: Dybala, de Bruyne, Suarez, Isco, Cavani
The highest position for any Premier League player this year goes to Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante.
Another striker now as Robert Lewandowski comes out just ahead of Kane. The Bayern Munich man remains one of the world’s top marksmen.
The highest-placed English player comes in at 10: Tottenham’s Harry Kane. He can certainly go higher in the coming seasons given his goalscoring form.
Top 10 Ahead
So, who will win it…and who will finish third? That’s almost as interesting a race in fairness. Kane and Kante still to come from the Premier League, along with the likes of Neymar, Buffon and Mbappe.
Quick countdown before we enter the top 10. Any surprising names to miss out on the last group? Griezmann and Isco might be a tad disappointed.
Just outside the top 10 it’s Uruguayan goal machine Edinson Cavani. Another prolific campaign with PSG so far.
FIFA’s awards ceremony: Ballon d’Or 2017
Who Ya Got?
All eyes on the big two, but 28 other names have to be placed beforehand.
Best of the Best
Afternoon folks! The 2017 Ballon d’Or ceremony is upon us and while we wait for the eventual winner, the top 30 are slowly being released.