Live updates and build-up from the 2019 Ballon D’Or ceremony.
20:08 CET: A reminder of the rankings of the 2019 Ballon D’Or that we know so far.
20:05 CET: Kylian Mbappé spent quite a long time talking to kids via video chat who are joining the ceremony via video link this evening, which was lovely to see. Marquinhos is also present, believes Neymar will have “an enormous” rest of the campaign.
19:37 CET: Liverpool defender Virgil Van Dijk: “It’s nice to be here of course. We will see what happens. It is a great honour to be here and be in the bracket of those sort of players. It gives me a lot of motivation to keep going. We have a lot of our players in the top 30. A lot of us had a good season last year.”
19:35 CET: Lyon President Jean-Michel Aulas: “This is an immense ceremony of players that we admire. And the fact that we can be in a beautiful French atmosphere… Leo Messi again last night showed that he has everything that the others maybe don’t have yet. I hope that he wins it, he deserves it. We played him in the Champions’ League last season, and we know that when he wants to be, he is irresistible.”
19:33 CET: Ada Hegerberg: “I am so proud to be nominated again. One of the consequences, I took the decision a long time ago (of not going to the World Cup), I am happy with the big season I had with Lyon. Now we have new ambitions and you never know!”
19:31 CET: The latest to arrive: Donny van der Beek (Ajax) and Virgil Van Dijk and Alisson (Liverpool). No sight of Mohamed Salah.
19:29 CET: Lyon President Jean-Michel Aulas appears to tell L’Équipe that he has heard that Megan Rapinoe will be winning the Women’s Ballon D’Or tonight.
19:15 CET: Sadio Mané will apparently not attend tonight’s Ballon D’Or ceremony, the journalist below adding that the Malian is “frustrated” with the end result and is therefore “boycotting” the ceremony.
19:08 CET: France Football are promising something a little special as the inaugural Trophée Yachine tonight is unveiled. Not saying more for the moment.
19:06 CET: Robert Lewandowski: “I want it to be fun, there are a lot of great players, I don’t know who can win. But I feel great to be here. I am going to have to work hard. In football, the most important thing is to have fun.”