Theatre du Chatelet in Paris will host the 2019 Ballon d’Or ceremony, which is scheduled to start at 1 AM on December 3 (Tuesday). A red carpet will precede the trophy presentation.
Football fans in India can watch the ceremony live on TV, with Star Sports Select 1 and Star Sports Select 1 HD airing France Football’s annual event to award the prestigious prize. The women’s Ballon d’Or, which was first awarded in 2018 and won by Norway’s Ada Hegerberg, will also be presented during the ceremony.
Real Madrid and Croatia midfielder Luka Modric won last year’s men’s Ballon d’Or award after helping his club win a third straight Champions League title and leading his country to the FIFA World Cup 2018 final. Modric winning the Ballon d’Or ended the decade-long duopoly between Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, who had alternatively won it from 2008, the Argentine winning it five times, the same number as his Portuguese adversary.
France Football unveiled the following 30 candidates for the 2019 men’s Ballon d’Or award in October: Sadio Mane (SEN/Liverpool), Sergio Aguero (ARG/Manchester City), Frenkie de Jong (NED/Barcelona), Hugo Lloris (FRA/Tottenham), Dusan Tadic (SER/Ajax), Kylian Mbappe (FRA/PSG), Trent Alexander-Arnold (ENG/Liverpool), Donny van de Beek (NED/Ajax), Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (GAB/Arsenal), Marc-Andre ter Stegen (GER/Barcelona), Cristiano Ronaldo (POR/Juventus), Alisson (BRA/Liverpool), Matthijs de Ligt (NED/Juventus), Karim Benzema (FRA/Real Madrid), Georginio Wijnaldum (NED/Liverpool), Virgil van Dijk (NED/Liverpool), Bernardo Silva (POR/Manchester City), Son Heung-min (KOR/Tottenham), Robert Lewandowski (POL/Bayern Munich), Roberto Firmino (BRA/Liverpool), Lionel Messi (ARG/Barcelona), Riyad Mahrez (ALG/Manchester City), Kevin De Bruyne (BEL/Manchester City), Kalidou Koulibaly (SEN/Napoli), Antoine Griezmann (FRA/Barcelona), Mohamed Salah (EGY/Liverpool), Eden Hazard (BEL/Real Madrid), Marquinhos (BRA/Paris-SG), Raheem Sterling (ENG/Manchester City), Joao Félix(POR/Atletico Madrid)
The shortlisted candidates for the women’s Ballon d’Or shortlist are as follows: Sam Kerr (AUS/Chelsea), Ellen White (ENG/Manchester City), Nilla Fischer (SWE/Linkopings), Amandine Henry (FRA/Lyon), Lucy Bronze(ENG/Lyon), Alex Morgan (USA/Orlando Pride), Vivianne Miedema (NED/Arsenal), Dzsenifer Marozsan (GER/Lyon), Pernille Harder (DEN/Wolfsburg), Sarah Bouhaddi (FRA/Lyon), Megan Rapinoe (USA/Reign FC), Lieke Martens (NED/Barcelona), Sari van Veenendaal (NED/Atletico Madrid), Wendie Renard (FRA/Lyon), Rose Lavelle(USA/Washington Spirit), Marta (BRA/Orlando Pride), Ada Hegerberg (NOR/Lyon), Kosovare Asllani (SWE/CD Tacon), Sofia Jakobsson (SWE/CD Tacon), Tobin Heath (USA/Portland Thorns)