The ceremony takes place tonight at the Chatelet Theatre in Paris, starting from 7.30pm GMT. It will be streamed live online via L’Equipe’s YouTube channel, and Eurosport will also be streaming the award on its website and the Eurosport app. The ceremony is expected to end around 9pm GMT. You can follow all the latest updates below.
Lionel Messi will be hoping to collect his seventh Ballon d’Or during a ceremony in the French capital on Monday evening.
But the Paris Saint-Germain superstar faces stern competition from the likes of Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski and Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah to win the world’s most-coveted individual accolade once again.
The star-studded shortlist for the iconic golden ball trophy also includes Chelsea’s Jorginho and Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo, and it will be presented by magazine France Football to the player with the most votes from a large selection of journalists.
Mirror Football’s Darren Wells is on the ground at the Theatre du Chatelet to bring you live updates from the prestigious ceremony in Paris…. but Ronaldo most definitely is not, and has let rip at the prize’s organiser tonight.
In the meantime, keep it right here for all the build-up including a breakdown of the shortlist, up-to-date bookmakers’ odds and instructions on how to tune into the event when the time comes.
Lionel Messi is expected to collect his seventh Ballon d’Or award at a glittering 2021 ceremony in Paris this evening. Messi is the favourite after winning the Copa America with Argentina earlier this year, despite one of his less impressive years at club level: Barcelona finished third in La Liga and fell in the first knockout round of the Champions League. However, Messi scored two goals as Barca won the Copa del Rey final and he was La Liga’s top goalscorer once more, before switching to Paris Saint-Germain in the summer.
Robert Lewandowski was widely expected to win last year’s award before it was cancelled due to the pandemic, and the Bayern Munich striker is in the running once again. Chelsea’s Jorginho is another candidate, having won the Champions League with his club and Euro 2020 with his country Italy a couple of months later.