Picture: L’Equipe announce Lionel Messi wins the Ballon d’Or hours before the event

Have L’Equipe made a mistake, or do they have the inside scoop?

The leading French football website have announced that Lionel Messi will win his 4th consecutive Ballon d’Or award on Monday night, despite the announcement coming hours before the official award is set to be handed out.

We look forward to seeing if L’Equipe were right in with their early headline.

(Pictures of Lionel Messi in his polka-dot jacket and bow tie, and of Cristiano Ronaldo with his girlfriend Irina Shayk, can be seen below the fold.)