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Ballon d'Or 2017 Award Ceremony Live

Watch Ballon d'Or Live: Will Lionel Messi win his 6th or Cristiano Ronaldo his 5th? Ballon d'Or 2017
Updated: 08 December 2017 00:56 IST - Published: 07 December 2017 23:55 IST
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Since France Football have decided to call it a day, I've decided there is no reason why I shouldn't either. Leo Messi is 2, Neymar is 3, you can take my word on this (the eedjits still haven't announced who's at what position)

Thanks for the company! 'Twas fun!  

Toodle-ooo!

HOW IS TONI KROOS ONLY 17th! PSHAW, I SAY, PSHAW!
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They haven't announced who nos. 2 or 3, but you can guess who's who easily enough, no?
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FIVE WINS FOR RONALDO

FIVE WINS FOR MESSI

As someone so wittily described it on that goldmine of wittiness, Messi has just let slip a 4-1 lead to go 5-5. How Liverpool of him!
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AND IT IS OUT!!! 

THE WINNER IS CRISTIANO RONALDOOOOOOOOOO! 

As the big man himself would have said, SIIIIIIIIII! 
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The Ceremony is happening at the Eiffel Tower... can you think of a better place on Earth where someone can win a giant-ass Golden Ball?
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David Ginola is having a ball of a time talking to Ronaldo - NOOO NOT HIM, THE FIRST ONE - and the great man seems to be enjoying his time in Paris... much more than he did eleven years previously. 
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Just to recap, before we get into the podium places.. here's nos. 4 to 29:

#4. Gianluigi Buffon
#5. Luka Modric
#6. Sergio Ramos
#7. Kylian Mbappe
#8. N'Golo Kante
#9. Robert Lewandowski
#10. Harry Kane
#11. Edinson Cavani
#12. Isco
#13. Luis Suarez
#14. Kevin de Bruyne
#15. Paulo Dybala
#16. Marcelo
#17. Toni Kroos (HOOOOWWWW)
#18. Antoine Griezmann
#19. Eden Hazard
#21. Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang 
#21. Leonardo Bonucci 
#23. Sadio Mane 
#24. Radamel Falcao 
#25. Karim Benzema 
#26. Jan Oblak 
#27. Mats Hummels 
#28. Edin Dzeko 
#29. Phillippe Coutinho 
#29. Dries Mertens 
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#4. GIANLUIGI BUFFON IS FOURTH!

The great man, who finished second to Fabio Cannavaro in 2006, will finish off the podium again. In all reality, he truly deserved at least a 3rd, if not a 2nd place finish
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#5 LUKAAAAAAAAAA MODRIC!

The Magical little Croat had a sensational year, but in all reality - was he all that much better than Toni Kroos?!

Sorry, last time - or second last - time I complain about this. Promise. 

Pinky Promise. 
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#6 is enigmatic Captain, red-card magnet, and all-round entertainer SERGIO RAMOOOOOOOOS!

Vamos Ramos!
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UFFFFFF. L'Equipe are calling the Kylian THE PHENOMENON!!!
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#7 KYLIAAAAAAAAAN MBAPPEE!!!

The hottest property in world football won plenty of admirers this year... but this is a touch of hype getting to the heads of the voters, neh? The lad is good and all that, but TEN PLACES ABOVE KROOS? Really?
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L'Equipe are calling Kane the Prince, Lewandowski the Redoutable, Kante... you will love this.. the UNSINKABLE! WOOF!
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#8 IS THE MAN WHO COVERS THE 1/4th OF THE PLANET THAT ISN'T COVERED BY WATER... N'GOLO KANTEEEEE

The man deserves every bit of recognition he gets, eh?
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#9 ROBERT LEWANDOWSKI!!!

The Polish finisher extraordinaire will not be happy that he didn't crack the top 5, eh? 
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WE ARE INTO THE TOP 10

#10 IS OUT! And it's everyone's favourite Englishman... HARRY KANE! The Premier League's Golden Boot winner and owner of the most 40's hairstyle since the end of the World War probably deserves his place in the top 10, eh?
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L'Equipe have given these players some niiiiice nicknames!!

Luis Suarez is the Fox

Edi Cavani is the Finisher

Isco is the Visionary

KdB is the Declencheur (whaaaaat, google can't help here - they aren't offering a translation)

Dybala is the Nugget

Marcelo the Tireless

Kroos is THE SURGEON (Wooof!)

Griezmann is the Elusive!

Hazard is the Unpredictable (which is so true)

David De Gea is the FARM HAND (what eveeeeen)
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I am coming back to this... because the football lover in me doesn't allow me to sit quiet... HOW IS KROOS 17th? JUST, HOW!
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Cavani really doesn't deserve the amount of hate he gets, does he? I mean the guy's numbers are simply phenomenal - and his incisive movement into dangerous areas and general selflessnesses are vastly underrated!
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#11 EDINSON CAVANNIIIII!!!

As the very vocal, and very hungry, Ashwin Hanagudu just exclaimed with the simple delight of dawning realisation... For once in his life, poor ol' Edi Cavani, prolific as ever in 2017, has finished above Luis Suarez!
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Isco was a force of nature in the second half of the last season... and proved to be the catalyst (along with someone else you may have heard of) that sparked Real Madrid's greatest season in the past half-century!
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#12 ISCOOOOO DISCOOOOOOO!

The little magician dances his way to 12th!
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There is a lot of left-over goodwill for Luisito, though, eh?

Although his 2016-17 stats do back him up, those who know him and have seen him at his best know that he is but a shadow of himself these days
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