Ballon D’Or 2017 Ceremony Live Stream, award ceremony in Paris on Thursday. The Portugal international should be rewarded after helping Real Madrid retain the UEFA Champions League and win La Liga last season. If he wins, Ronaldo will equal the haul of five titles won by his great rival, Barcelona’s Lionel Messi.
Here are the schedule and viewing details:
Date: Thursday, December 7
Time: 6:45 p.m. GMT/1:45 p.m. ET.
TV Info: L’Equipe TV.
Live Stream: lequipe.fr
While the La Liga stars have won the last nine awards, there are some Premier League players in the running, including Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane and winger Eden Hazard, who helped Chelsea win last season’s title. MailOnline’s Dan Ballon d’Or 2017 Ripley has noted how L’Equipe’s television station is currently the only broadcaster set to screen the ceremony which will be hosted by former Newcastle United and Tottenham winger David Ginola.
Here are the finalists: Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid Lionel Messi, Barcelona Neymar, Paris Saint Germain Eden Hazard, Chelsea Harry Kane, Tottenham Hotspur Luka Modric, Real Madrid Paulo Dybala, Juventus Robert Lewandowski, Bayern Munich N’Golo Kante, Chelsea Kevin De Bruyne, Manchester City David De Gea, Manchester United Marcelo, Real Madrid Mats Hummels, Bayern Munich Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang,
Borussia Dortmund Luis Suarez, Barcelona Edinson Cavani, Paris Saint-Germain Philippe Coutinho, Liverpool Sergio Ramos, Real Madrid Antoine Griezmann, Atletico Madrid Jan Oblak, Atletico Madrid Toni Kroos, Real Madrid Kylian Mbappe, Paris Saint-Germain Leonardo Bonucci, Juventus Isco, Real Madrid Sadio Mane, Liverpool Gianluigi Buffon, Juventus Radamel Falcao, AS Monaco Dries Mertens, Napoli.
This award may have lost some Ballon d’Or 2017 of its prestige with the introduction of the Best FIFA Awards this year. The decision was taken after the world governing body ended its partnership with France Football. Things may have changed, but Ronaldo will still want to collect this prize for a fifth time; it would mean one more argument in his favour in the debate over who is the better player, Real’s No. 7 or Messi.
Ronaldo has the strongest case to win after his exploits last season. He came alive during the knockout phase of the Champions League, saving his best performances for the biggest games. Those games included the semi-final against Bayern Munich, during which the 32-year-old scored five goals over the two legs. He was also the catalyst in the final, bagging a brace to help beat Juventus.
Ronaldo’s influence was just as prominent as Los Blancos claimed their first domestic title since 2012. Of the other finalists, Messi Ballon d’Or 2017 is the most likely to deny the former Manchester United man after scoring 48 goals in La Liga and the Champions League. However, the Argentina international’s case will be hurt by two things.
First, Barca only won the Copa del Rey last season, so Messi doesn’t have the silverware to back his case. Second, Ronaldo claimed this year’s Best FIFA award, so his excellent season has already been recognised by one group of voters.