Cristiano Ronaldo v Leo Messi
Monday is an important day in the football calendar as the winner of the 2016 Ballon d’Or is set to be announced.
France Football, having split from FIFA earlier this year with regards to the prestigious award, will reveal the winner of the prize at a ceremony which stars at 16:30 GMT.
The winner is the player who receives the most votes from the 173 journalists allowed to participate in the award.
There are 30 nominees for the top prize, however most believe the winner is a straight shoutout between Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo and Barcelona’s Leo Messi.
Who will win?
According to reports in the Spanish media which broke last week, Ronaldo will win the prize.
It’s been a remarkable 2016 for Cristiano, who won the Champions League with Real Madrid and Euro 2016 with Portugal.
As for Messi, he won La Liga with Barcelona however he lost the Copa America final with Argentina to Chile.
Cue the jokes
Chat about the Ballon d’Or is already rife on social media, and the jokes are flowing.
Enjoy how fans are discussing Leo Messi v Cristiano Ronaldo below.
The Ballon d'Or winner will be announced later today, so who will take the crown? Ronaldo, Messi or Griezmann? pic.twitter.com/ndwKzb8sKX
— 90min (@90min_Football) December 12, 2016
Today either Messi or Ronaldo will win a Balon D'or & then surely half the population will go into meltdown, & I'm gonna watch it happen.
— Ahmad Hamdan (@ahmad_m_hamdan) December 12, 2016
Kevin-Prince Boateng: "Best player? On this planet it's Ronaldo. Messi isn't human, he's from another galaxy." pic.twitter.com/gUJcb3EtM0
— ️️️️barca (@cuIegirI) December 11, 2016
Ronaldo: "Who's the best in the world?"
Her: "Messi "
2 seconds later.. pic.twitter.com/iuZ1PzoV7F
— LM10 (@Lllllmmm10) December 10, 2016
Messi is the greatest of all time.
Cristiano isn't even the greatest Ronaldo of all time.
— West Ham Central (@WestHam_Central) December 10, 2016
Cuando te dicen que Cristiano Ronaldo es mejor que MESSI… pic.twitter.com/SIXR8mdwlr
— @RoCuDaN (@Rocudan) December 11, 2016
Ronaldo will not attend the Balon d or ceremony
Cules: Give it to Messi
— ASÄD (@Mane_Sprints) December 12, 2016