Ballon d’Or

Ballon d’Or: All the information on how, where and when to watch the Ballon d’Or 2019 ceremony in Paris on Monday 2 December, 2019.

Lionel Messi is the favourite to win the Ballon d’Or 2019. It would be his sixth time winning the award and the first since 2015. He does have competition in the form of Virgil van Dijk, however, along with Robert Lewandowski.

Tonight will also see the Yachine Trophy (Trophée Yachine) presented for the first time. The award will go to the best goalkeeper of 2019 – here’s a look at the 10 candidates for the award and the big favourite to win it.
What time does the Ballon d’Or ceremony start at?

The Ballon d’Or 2019 takes place in Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris on Monday 2 December, 2019. It starts at 20:30 CET.

The Théâtre du Châtelet is a theatre and opera house, located in the place du Châtelet in the 1st arrondissement of Paris, France. One of two theatres built on the site of a châtelet, a small castle or fortress, it was designed by Gabriel Davioud at the request of Baron Haussmann between 1860 and 1862. – according to Wikipedia.

Find out what time the ceremony gets underway where you are in the world.
The full list of Ballon d’Or 2019 nominees.
Where can I watch the Ballon d’Or ceremony?

No matter where you are on the planet, you can see what channel the Ballon d’Or is available on here.

It is on France Football’s website too.
Is the Ballon d’Or ceremony online?

The Ballon d’Or ceremony 2019 is available in most countries through the rights holders’ online platform, if they have one. Your best bet is to check who is broadcasting the ceremony in your country and see if they have an online platform or iOS or Android app to watch it through.

France Football’s Facebook page will carry it online.
AS English live coverage

You can also follow all the action right here on AS English, with our inimitable minute-by-minute live coverage of the ceremony.

Ballon d’Or 2019

Ballon d’Or 2019: Lionel Messi is the overwhelming favourite to win a sixth Ballon d’Or at the Theatre du Chatelet in Paris tonight.

The Barcelona star leads a 30-man shortlist, with Virgil van Dijk and Cristiano Ronaldo expected to finish on the podium. There is no place for last year’s winner Luka Modric, though his Real Madrid team-mates Karim Benzema and Eden Hazard are in the running.

Van Dijk is one of seven names from Liverpool, while Manchester City have five nomineees, Tottenham two and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is the sole representative from Arsenal.

When is the Ballon d’Or?

The ceremony is set to take place on Monday, December 2 at the Theatre du Chatelet in Paris. The red carpet will begin from 4pm UK time with the ceremony set to start at 7.30pm.

You can follow tonight’s ceremony LIVE on Standard Sport.

When will it start?

The glitzy ceremony is set to start at 7.30pm (BST).

It will take place at the Theatre du Chatelet in Paris.
How can I watch it?

The awards bash will not be available to watch on television in the United Kingdom.

But fear not, France Football will be live streaming the ceremony.

In the USA, it will be shown live on beIN Sports.
Which players have been nominated?

Men’s award

Sadio Mane (SEN/Liverpool)
Sergio Aguero (ARG/Manchester City)
Frenkie de Jong (NED/Barcelona)
Hugo Lloris (FRA/Tottenham)
Dusan Tadic (SER/Ajax)
Kylian Mbappe (FRA/PSG)
Trent Alexander-Arnold (ENG/Liverpool)
Donny van de Beek (NED/Ajax)
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (GAB/Arsenal)
Marc-Andre ter Stegen (GER/Barcelona)
Cristiano Ronaldo (POR/Juventus)
Alisson (BRA/Liverpool)
Matthijs de Ligt (NED/Juventus)
Karim Benzema (FRA/Real Madrid)
Georginio Wijnaldum (NED/Liverpool)
Virgil van Dijk (NED/Liverpool)
Bernardo Silva (POR/Manchester City)
Son Heung-min (KOR/Tottenham)
Robert Lewandowski (POL/Bayern Munich)
Roberto Firmino (BRA/Liverpool)
Lionel Messi (ARG/Barcelona)
Riyad Mahrez (ALG/Manchester City)
Kevin De Bruyne (BEL/Manchester City)
Kalidou Koulibaly (SEN/Napoli)
Antoine Griezmann (FRA/Barcelona)
Mohamed Salah (EGY/Liverpool)
Eden Hazard (BEL/Real Madrid)
Marquinhos (BRA/Paris-SG)
Raheem Sterling (ENG/Manchester City)
Joao Félix(POR/Atletico Madrid)

FIFA Ballon d’Or

FIFA Ballon d’Or: World football will crown a new king for 2019 on Monday when Lionel Messi, Virgil van Dijk and Cristiano Ronaldo go head-to-head in the hope of winning this year’s Ballon d’Or.

Barcelona star Messi, 32, is the favourite to win the award for the first time since 2015.

Paris Saint-Germain ace Kylian Mbappe is also fighting to make the Ballon d’Or podium for the first time in his career, but titleholder Luka Modric failed to make the 30-man shortlist this year, per ESPN FC:

Antoine Griezmann has finished third in two of the past three Ballon d’Or votes, but the France international could struggle to feature as prominently on Monday after struggling for form since joining Barca in the summer.

France Football live-streamed the awards ceremony in 2018 and is expected to do so again for this year’s edition, which is expected to begin at around 5:30 p.m. GMT (12:30 p.m. ET).

Ceremony Date: Monday, December 2

Venue: Theatre du Chatelet, Paris

Preview

It seems odd to think Messi stands a chance of ending a four-year Ballon d’Or drought, having failed to even finish among the top three in 2018 and placing second in successive years prior to that.

The Argentina international continues to mesmerise with Barcelona week in, week out, demonstrating his persistent class with a goal and two assists in the recent 3-1 UEFA Champions League win over Borussia Dortmund (U.S. viewers only):

Even Dortmund defender Mats Hummels had to marvel at Messi as the “best player” he’s seen in his lifetime following the game, via DW Sports:

2019 Ballon d’Or

2019 Ballon d’Or: The 2019 Ballon d’Or award ceremony is taking place this evening, with some of the best footballers on the planet poised to see if they are handed Europe’s top individual accolade.

Luka Modric was crowned winner in 2018, pipping Cristiano Ronaldo and Antoine Griezmann to the prize after winning the Champions League with Real Madrid and finishing as a runner-up in the World Cup with Croatia.

But this year the Ballon d’Or is expected to end up in the hands of Lionel Messi or Virgil van Dijk.

Messi has netted an eye-watering 40 goals in 43 matches in 2019, inspiring Barcelona to a second successive Spanish league title.

As for Van Dijk, he was desperately unlucky not to get his hands on the Premier League title, with Liverpool somehow missing out despite finishing on 97 points.

The Dutch defender did get his hands on the Champions League, nevertheless, and has also helped Jurgen Klopp’s side move eight points clear at the top of the Premier League this season.

Yet it remains to be seen who comes out on top when football’s biggest stars come together at FIFA’s annual gala tonight.

When does the 2019 Ballon d’Or ceremony start?

This year’s Ballon d’Or ceremony is taking place on Monday 2 December at the Theatre du Chatelet in Paris.

Proceedings are expected to get underway at 4pm GMT (11am ET), with former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba and journalist Sandy Heribert set to host the awards.

It will be the 64th ceremony in the history of the prize.

How can I watch the awards take place?

There has been no official confirmation regarding the broadcast in the UK, but the event will be shown live on beIN Sports in the US.

But France Football’s official website is expected to carry out a live stream in similar fashion to last year’s ceremony.

You can also follow all the latest developments on Starsport.

Who are the favourites to win it? (Odds – Paddy Power)

Lionel Messi (Barcelona) – 1/12 FAV

Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool) – 6/1

Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus) – 33/1

Alisson (Liverpool) – 100/1

Sadio Mane (Liverpool) – 100/1

Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich) – 100/1

Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) – 275/1

Ballon d’Or LIVE

Ballon d’Or Live stream: Lionel Messi and USA women’s World Cup superstar Megan Rapinoe are tipped to leave Paris later on Monday with the 2019 Ballon d’Or awards.

It would be an enormous shock if Rapinoe did not depart the Chatelet Theatre with the women’s prize as she returns to the country where she was the driving force on and off the field for the United States as they retained their title.

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The suspense surrounds the identity of the men’s winner, 12 months after Croatia’s Luka Modric claimed the crown thanks to his exploits in dragging his country to the World Cup final and winning the Champions League with Real Madrid.

That ended a decade in which Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo had won the Ballon d’Or five times each, but the smart money now is on the Barcelona man claiming number six.

There are 30 nominees in total for the prize, organised by France Football magazine and voted for by 180 journalists from around the world.

Men’s nominees for the 2019 Ballon d’Or 2019:

Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool), Bernardo Silva (Manchester City), Son Heung-min (Tottenham), Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich), Roberto Firmino (Liverpool), Alisson (Liverpool), Matthijs de Ligt (Ajax & Juventus), Karim Benzema (Real Madrid), Georginio Wijnaldum (Liverpool), Sergio Aguero (Manchester City), Frenkie de Jong (Ajax & Barcelona), Hugo Lloris (Tottenham), Dusan Tadic (Ajax), Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus), Kylian Mbappe (Paris St-Germain), Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Donny van de Beek (Ajax), Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal), Marc-Andre ter Stegen (Barcelona), Sadio Mane (Liverpool), Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City), Kevin de Bruyne (Manchester City), Kalidou Koulibaly (Napoli), Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid & Barcelona), Mohammed Salah (Liverpool), Eden Hazard (Chelsea & Real Madrid), Marquinhos (Paris St-Germain), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Joao Felix (Benfica & Atletico Madrid)

The Ballon d’Or kicks off at 6:30am AEDT.

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