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Summary

  1. Cristiano Ronaldo wins fifth Ballon d'Or, equalling Lionel Messi's tally
  2. Barcelaona's Messi finishes second in voting, PSG's Neymar third
  3. Chelsea's N'Golo Kante 8th, Tottenham's Harry Kane 10th
  4. De Bruyne 14th, Hazard 19th, De Gea 20th, Coutinho joint 29th

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By Saj Chowdhury

All times stated are UK

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That is definitely that.

Until Ballon d'Or 2018...

2 - Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi
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And it's second again for Argentine genius Lionel Messi.

He scored an extraordinary 54 goals for Barcelona last season - although his side failed to win the league title not the Champions League.

It looks like it might be a different story in La Liga this season - Barca are currently five points clear at the top and eight clear of Real.

Messi has scored 17 goals so far.

Magic!

3 - Neymar

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Neymar is third.

The Brazilian - through no fault of his own - became the most expensive player in the history of association football when PSG paid £200m to acquire the forward from Barcelona.

Surely that alone didn't seal his top three spot? Well, no.

Neymar created 91 chances in La Liga last season and scored 20 goals.

Decent return.

His 15 goals have helped PSG to the top of Ligue 1... where they will remain for the rest of the season.

Woah! Woah! Woah!

Sweet Child O' Mine.

We have - just this second - found out who was third and second in this year's Ballon d'Or.

Drumroll...

Right, we've run out of time.

Join us in 2018 when we reveal who came third and second in the 2017 Ballon d'Or.

Congrats Cristiano Ronaldo - a five-time winner!

Rio, do you know who came second?

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Right, I'm going to ring Lionel...

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MGA1975: Ballon Bore #BallondOr2017

Princewell Nwosu: I believe this will be d last of Ballon d'Or for Ronaldo.

Harsh words...

We hope to bring you news of who out of Lionel Messi and Neymar finished second before we flick the off switch on this live text. If we don't, then apologies.

Does an award presentation location get more stunning than this?

Not even France Football know who was third and second

France Football
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It's their award!

No doubt you'll be seeing plenty of this graphic tonight on social media

Watch Ronaldo pick up the Ballon d'Or

'The trophies helped win this award'

Cristiano Ronaldo speaking after picking up a record-equalling fifth Ballon d'Or:

Of course I feel happy. This is something I look forward to every year. The trophies won last year helped to win this award. Thanks to the Real Madrid team-mates. And I want to thank the rest of the people who helped me reach this level.

Er... so who's number three and two?

The 2017 Ballon d'Or winner is... Cristiano Ronaldo

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The final three

The final three is (in no order - honest) is:

  • Neymar
  • Messi
  • Ronaldo

I can't stand the tension.

By the way the ceremony has started at Paris' Eiffel Tower. Ex Newcastle and Tottenham ace David Ginola is presenting.

The original Ronaldo has joined him on stage and he revealed he was married and divorced in the France capital.

Good for him.

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Andy J: The mind boggles as to how De Gea is 20th

M Graham: Alan Kennedy (18.21), what an odd argument. "If you disregard something Ronaldo is really good at, Messi is a better footballer". You can't penalise Ronaldo for being taller!

Rob in Oxford: RE Shadyvipy at 18:14. He hasn’t come further than Lewandowski. He’s come ahead of Cavani and Suarez simply because he’s had a better year. His goals to game ratio is only bettered by Messi and Lewandowski

The perspex lecterns are out!

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Jordan Winter: Kevin De Bruyne, the standout Playmaker in the @premierleague this year, only 14th?!? Tough crowd, eh... #BallondOr

Simeon Burnett: Mbappe above Lewandowski? Do me a favour!

Paul Salmon: Is Kylian Mbappe named after the bad guy in The Running Man? That would be fantastic.

Is The Running Man the best Arnie film?

4 - Gianluigi Buffon

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At 4, it's Gianluigi Buffon.

It was heartbreak for him as he failed to win the one major club trophy not in his locker - the Champions League - as Juventus were defeated by Real Madrid in the final. Oh and Italy failed to qualify for the World Cup.

The 39-year-old helped Juve to the title though.

Swings and...

5 - Luka Modric

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Real Madrid's midfield magician Luka Modric makes the top five.

The 32-year-old former Tottenham player was integral in helping Los Blancos to the double.

He became the first Croatian to win the Champions League competition three times.

Well done him.

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Luca G-M: If Ronaldo wins the Ballond'Or, it shows it's a team award, Madrid won the UCL but Messi had better stats?!

Michal Koziol: How Mbappe so high is beyond me. Look at him and Lewandowski. Mbappe had one good season, Lewy is consistent for years, carrying club and country on his back almost single-handedly.

Kevin Logan: Lord Bendtner getting overlooked once again! Smh

No doubt Bendtner still holds hope of winning the big one

6 - Sergio Ramos

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The wallflower who is Sergio Ramos is in at number six.

The 31-year-old Spain defender scored a remarkable 10 goals for his club as they won the league and European double last season.

The player every team would love to have but hates to face.

Xavi was unlucky eh?

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7 - Kylian Mbappe

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At 18 years and 11 months Monaco's Kylian Mbappe - on loan at PSG - is the youngest player to appear in the top 10 of the Ballon d'Or.

His goals helped Monaco to their first league title since 2000 and he scared the life out of Man City and Borussia Dortmund in last season's Champions League, as the team reached the semis.

He is expected to join PSG next summer for about £160m. That's £160m!

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Danny: Where is David Silva? Most underrated player the Premier League has ever seen

Prexy Precious: It's Cr7 Or No one else

Alan Kennedy: If you take away headed goals from Ronaldo due to their height difference, Messi is far superior than cr7.

8 - N'Golo Kante

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The France terrier of a midfielder won his second successive Premier League title when he helped Chelsea to the crown last season.

N'Golo Kante, 26, won the PFA and Football Writers' award for his efforts.

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Ali Ack: How on earth is Benzema in the top 30? If he’s included, Matej Vydra should be there too

John MCenerney: Another Ballon d’Or for CR7. Why Iniesta hasn’t won this at least twice is beyond me it’s criminal in fact, the same goes for the great Xavi. Two all time greats without them FCB & Messi wouldn’t have had half the success over the last 10-15 years.

ShadyVipy: How the hell does Kane come further than Lewandowski and Cavani and Suarez? WOOOOOW.

Vydra just missed out. Apparently.

9 - Robert Lewandowski

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The Polish striker's 31 Bundesliga goals helped Bayern Munich to their 27th top-flight title.

The 29-year-old is as exceptional in the air as he is on the ground.

Thoughts on the new hair?

This is what others have to live up to

Stats
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These stats go some way to explaining why Ronaldo and Messi have dominated the Ballon d'Or in recent years.

#verygood

10 - Harry Kane

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He can't stop scoring!

The 24-year-old England striker has already got 16 goals for Tottenham this season and won the Golden Boot for the second successive season last campaign, after scoring 29 goals Premier League goals.

Ready for the top 10?

'African trio could win Ballon d'Or'

Nick Cavell

BBC Africa Sport

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In 31 Bundesliga appearances last season, Liverpool-bound Keita scored eight goals and provided seven assists from midfield

Whether an African wins the Ballon d'Or in the future might depend on a German coach - Jurgen Klopp.

Africa's three most expensive signings, and those with the potential to develop, will all be playing under Klopp and Liverpool in the coming years - Egypt's Salah, Senegal's Sadio Mane and Guinea's Naby Keita.

All three have already shown what they are capable of at club level. Salah and Mane, who are both 25, also have the advantage of playing key roles in strong national teams, with both men set to showcase their ability at the World Cup next season. Both are blessed with incredible speed and are improving their scoring skills as well as their final balls - if that continues, they can cement their reputations as world-class players.

Read more about who might win the Ballon d'Or after Ronaldo and Messi?

Countdown to the Ballon d'Or number one!!

14th to 11th

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Don't give him in an inch! It's Manchester City and Belgium midfielder Kevin de Bruyne in at 14.

Unlucky? Barcelona's Uruguay forward Luis Suarez sits in 13th.

It's disco time for Real Madrid midfieder Isco - he's in at 12.

We're headin' to 11 to find PSG striker Edinson Cavani.

The top 10 is coming right up!

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Hakunah Morata: Ronaldo will never be quite the same player as Messi but full credit to him for coming down from 5-1 to 5-5 in terms of #BallondOr wins considering his age. A serial winner, a hard worker, sometimes cringy and egoistic but nevertheless a fighter.

Darren Walker: With #BallondOr tonight my question is who has been the worst player in Europe.What your top 3 be.

Messi Scored: Real Madrid fans celebrating that Cristiano has the same amount of Golden Shoes, Champions Leagues, and the #BallondOr as Messi. Messi is the STANDARD

You weren't even backhanded with those 'compliments' Hakunah.

By the way, we're expecting the ceremony/event to start at 18:00 GMT - the winner will be presented with the Ballon d'Or trophy at the Eiffel Tower. I'm not entirely sure which level.

'Mbappe has the world at his feet'

John Bennett

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When I went to Kylian Mbappe's first club, AS Bondy, earlier this year, the coaches told me they've been calling him a future Ballon D'Or winner since he was doing step-overs at the age of seven.

The 18-year-old burst on to scene last season with 26 goals for Monaco, and now has the world at his feet. Next year, Mbappe will become the second-most expensive player on the planet when Paris St-Germain make his loan move permanent, and the man he'll be pushing into third place - Ousmane Dembele- could be his Ballon d'Or rival over the next decade.

A hamstring injury has prevented Dembele, 20, from showing Barcelona fans what he can do, but he proved at Rennes and at Borussia Dortmund that he has all the attributes to become the world's best player.

This won't be a Messi-Ronaldo style rivalry, though - Mbappe and Dembele are very good friends and they'll be playing together in a frightening French forward line for years to come.

Countdown to the Ballon d'Or number one!!

20th to 15th

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At number 20, he's the nightmare of every Arsenal fan, Manchester United keeper David de Gea.

Entering at 19, what would Chelsea do without him? Sixth. It's Eden Hazard.

It's a breeze man for Atletico Madrid's Antoine Griezmann, who is at 18.

And at 17, it's Real Madrid's trusty midfield general Toni Kroos.

His Los Blancos team-mate Marcelo is perched at 16.

Is he Messi's heir for Argentina? It's Juventus hitman Paulo Dybala at 15.