Ballon d’Or 2019: Time, ceremony schedule and more

Ballon d’Or 2019: Time, ceremony schedule and more

The winners of the men and women’s Ballon d’Or will be announced this evening as the football world pays homage to its biggest and best stars.

Barcelona and Argentina forward Lionel Messi is favourite to take the men’s prize for a record sixth time but Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk is expected to provide strong competition.

The defender, a cornerstone of Liverpool’s Champions League success last season and Uefa Player of the Year, came second to Messi in the voting for Fifa’s World Player of the Year in September.

Meanwhile, England pair Lucy Bronze and Ellen White are both in the mix to be named the winners of the women’s Ballon d’Or.

Ada Hegerberg, Vivianne Miedema, Alex Morgan and Megan Rapinoe have also been named on the shortlist.

When is it?

The ceremony is due to get under way at 7.30pm (BST).

Where will it be held?

Paris’ Theatre du Chatelet will be staging the event.

Where can I watch it?

The France Football website will broadcast the ceremony.

Lionel Messi is favourite to claim a sixth Ballon d’Or title (REUTERS)

Ballon d’Or shortlists

Men

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)

Women

Sam Kerr (AUS/Chelsea), Ellen White (ENG/Manchester City), Nilla Fischer (SWE/Linkopings), Amandine Henry (FRA/Lyon), Lucy Bronze(ENG/Lyon), Alex Morgan (USA/Orlando Pride), Vivianne Miedema (NED/Arsenal), Dzsenifer Marozsan (GER/Lyon), Pernille Harder (DEN/Wolfsburg), Sarah Bouhaddi (FRA/Lyon), Megan Rapinoe (USA/Reign FC), Lieke Martens (NED/Barcelona), Sari van Veenendal (NED/Atletico Madrid), Wendie Renard (FRA/Lyon), Rose Lavelle(USA/Washington Spirit), Marta (BRA/Orlando Pride), Ada Hegerberg (NOR/Lyon), Kosovare Asllani (SWE/CD Tacon), Sofia Jakobsson (SWE/CD Tacon), Tobin Heath (USA/Portland Thorns)

Megan Rapinoe helped lead the USA to victory at the 2019 World Cup (Reuters)

Past winners

Men’s Ballon d’Or

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

Women’s Ballon d’Or (first initiated in 2018)

2018 Ada Hegerberg

Latest updates





Jurgen Klopp is another who thinks Virgil van Dijk should be awarded the Ballon d’Or this evening.

“If you give the Ballon d’Or to the best player of his generation, you give it always to Lionel Messi, that’s how it is,” Klopp told Reuters.

“If you give it to the best player of last season then it was Virgil van Dijk.

“I don’t know exactly how it will work but that’s how I see it.

“If it’s for the best player, the best player at all, and of all, then it’s Lionel, (but if it is for) best player of last season, (then it’s) Virgil. We will see.”



Virgil van Dijk on being named on tonight’s shortlist:

“I am going to have a look at what it is about. I am going to be there for a reason and there are no losers on the evening.

“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.

“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.”



No surprise who Steven Gerrard is supporting this evening…

“Yes, 100 per cent,” the Rangers managed replied when asked if he would like to see Virgil van Dijk take home the prize.

“I’m Messi’s No 1 fan, for sure. I love the player. Obscene numbers in his game in terms of assists and goals. I’m definitely a Messi fan, in the gang.

“But if you talk about consistency from one player over a year, who wins the European Cup and is absolutely faultless in every performance, that means you deserve to win the Ballon d’Or.”



And here’s the men’s shortlist, in full:

  • 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)



Here’s a closer look at this year’s Ballon d’Or Féminin shortlist:

  • Sam Kerr (AUS/Chelsea)
  • Ellen White (ENG/Manchester City)
  • Nilla Fischer (SWE/Linkopings)
  • Amandine Henry (FRA/Lyon)
  • Lucy Bronze(ENG/Lyon)
  • Alex Morgan (USA/Orlando Pride)
  • Vivianne Miedema (NED/Arsenal)
  • Dzsenifer Marozsan (GER/Lyon)
  • Pernille Harder (DEN/Wolfsburg)
  • Sarah Bouhaddi (FRA/Lyon)
  • Megan Rapinoe (USA/Reign FC)
  • Lieke Martens (NED/Barcelona)
  • Sari van Veenendal (NED/Atletico Madrid)
  • Wendie Renard (FRA/Lyon)
  • Rose Lavelle(USA/Washington Spirit)
  • Marta (BRA/Orlando Pride)
  • Ada Hegerberg (NOR/Lyon)
  • Kosovare Asllani (SWE/CD Tacon)
  • Sofia Jakobsson (SWE/CD Tacon)
  • Tobin Heath (USA/Portland Thorns)



Messi, Ronaldo and Van Dijk are three of the main contenders this evening. Here’s a look at their club achievements in 2018/19:

Lionel Messi: La Liga, Supercopa de Espana

Cristiano Ronaldo: Serie A, Supercoppa Italiana

Virgil van Dijk: Champions League



The Ballon d’Or Féminin returns this season, after Ada Hegerberg won the inaugural award in 2018.

The Lyon striker has been nominated again this year, but World Cup winner Megan Rapinoe is the current favourite.



Lionel Messi is the favourite to win tonight’s award – and his performance against Atletico Madrid last night surely didn’t harm his chances…

Dermot Corrigan was our man in Madrid.



Here is a list of the past ten winners of the men’s award:

  • 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



Just one man has been able to break the Messi-Ronaldo Ballon d’Or duopoly in recent years: Real Madrid and Croatia midfielder Luka Modric. Will Virgil van Dijk be able to follow in his footsteps this evening?



Here’s everything you need to know about the Ballon d’Or ceremony this evening, including the two shortlists for the top awards.



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