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  1. Ronaldo wins Ballon d'Or for fourth time
  2. Messi second, Griezmann third
  3. Vardy eighth, Mahrez seventh, Bale sixth
  4. Winner voted for by 173 journalists

Live Reporting

By Jonathan Jurejko

All times stated are UK

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  1. Post update

    We got there in the end. Any ideas how Cristiano Ronaldo will be celebrating his fourth Ballon d'Or tonight? Probably posing in the mirror with his trophy and taking selfies.

    Thanks for your company over the last four hours - it has been a blast. See you next year...

  2. Numbers 1-5

    Ladies and gentleman, introducing the five best players on the planet...

    1 Cristiano Ronaldo 

    2 Lionel Messi

    3 Antoine Griezmann 

    4 Luis Suarez 


  3. Numbers 6-9

    And the bottom half of the top 10...

    6 Gareth Bale 

    7 Riyad Mahrez 

    8 Jamie Vardy 

    9= Pepe, Gianluigi Buffon  

  4. Numbers 11-17

    Into the top 20 then, football lovers...

    11 Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

    12 Rui Patricio

    13 Zlatan Ibrahimovic

    14= Paul Pogba, Arturo Vidal

    16 Robert Lewandowski

    17= Toni Kroos, Luka Modric, Dimitri Payet

  5. Post update

    Eleven players did not receive a single vote from the 173 journalists who decide the Ballon d'Or winner. 

    The Cast-Off XI is...

    Sergio Aguero (Manchester City), Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City), Paulo Dybala (Juventus), Diego Godin (Atletico Madrid), Gonzalo Higuain (Napoli/Juventus), Andres Iniesta (Barcelona), Koke (Atletico Madrid), Hugo Lloris (Tottenham), Thomas Muller (Bayern Munich), Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich),Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid).

  6. Post update

    Think it is all over? It is now!

    If you're just joining us, or have been here all along, and are a bit confused by France Football's shambolic countdown (they revealed the shortlist one-by-one down to number five before giving up and announcing Ronaldo as the winner), here's a reminder of what has hapened tonight...

  7. Get Involved


    Nitish Gupta: WORLD'S TOP 6 PLAYERS ARE FROM SPANISH LEAGUE.....English Premier League Fans anything to say ..!

    Matthew Noble: I'm shocked at half of the names didn't get a single voting point at all... Just shocking... Godin? Koke? Lloris? Neuer?

  8. 1st place

    Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid and Portugal)

    And, if you're only just joining us, here's a reminder of the news we discovered about an hour and a half ago... Cristiano Ronaldo is the winner of the 2016 Ballon d'Or.

    Cristiano Ronaldo
  9. 2nd place

    Lionel Messi (Barcelona and Argentina)

    Imagine if it wasn't Lionel Messi! It is. The Barcelona forward, as we would have bet our house on, has to settle for second place.

    He might have scored 58 goals for club and country, won La Liga and the Copa Del Rey, plus helped Argentina to the Copa America final - but it still wasn't enough.

    Lionel Messi
  10. 3rd place

    Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid and France)

    Quelle surprise.

    France's talisman in their run to the Euro 2016 final on home turf takes third spot.

    The Atletico Madrid forward finished as the tournament’s top scorer with six goals, also helping his club side to the Champions League final.

    Antoine Griezmann
  11. Post update

    Reckon Lionel Messi is refreshing his Twitter feed every two seconds to see where he has finished?

  12. Get involved


    Angel Castro: Messi could potentially be 4th... 


  13. Suarez's special season

    2016 Ballon d'Or

    Luis Suarez

    Last season was a golden one for Luis Suarez. The Uruguayan found the net 40 times in La Liga to win the coveted Pichichi Trophy for the league's top goalscorer. 

    The former Liverpool striker also won the European Golden Shoe - the player other than Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo to do that double in the same season.

    Suarez also led La Liga with Messi, as he became the first player ever to lead both goals and assists. 

    Some campaign that. Phew. 

  14. 4th place

    Luis Suarez (Barcelona and Uruguay)

    Harsh. Looks like Luis Suarez has been pipped to the podium in the French-organised poll by a Frenchman...

    Luis Suarez
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    Simon, Croydon: Umm!..still wondering who were in the final top 5 and order...maybe Messi one of the discarded ones...  

    Leo Tolstoy, England: Poor announcing. Why go so far, and then just go and kill the suspense at the top 5. Really appreciate that. Not. Really annoyed at that, I was enjoying the tension. Boo, hiss.

  16. Post update

    This is making your Sunday League team's end-of-season awards bash, usually compered by half-cut club secretary, look slicker than the Oscars.

    Still waiting for four, three and two...

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    Ryan Derrick: My guess is 1) Ronnie 2) Messi 3) Griezmann 4) Neymar 5) Suarez 


  18. 5th place

    Neymar (Barcelona and Brazil)

    No place on the podium for last year's bronze medallist. But Brazil skipper Neymar will surely be more content with the actual Olympic gold medal he won in the summer.

    That's not to mention Spanish league and cup winners' medals with his club side Barcelona.

  19. Post update

    Who fancies the second big reveal of the night? Those France Football tinkers.

    Drum roll please...

  20. It is not easy to win the Ballon d'Or - Ronaldo

    More from Cristiano Ronaldo on the possibility of winning a fifth Ballon d'Or: "I will try my best like every year. Every year is a new challenge and I love to play football so I will try my best for Real Madrid first, and the national team again if it’s possible, because we know it is very difficult to win tournaments. 

    "It is not easy to win this [Ballon d'Or] so I will enjoy this win at this moment."