​The Ballon d'Or is widely considered by many to be the most prestigious individual award in football with every footballer looking to win award and be hailed as the best in the world. 


Croatia and ​Real Madrid midfielder, Luka Modric won the honour last year, breaking the decade long grip on the award by Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. However, this year he is has failed to even make the 30-man short list, with many calling Messi and​ Liverpool defender, Virgil van Dijk as the favourite to win the award.


Meanwhile, Ada Hegerberg won the first-ever women’s Ballon d’Or award last year and features on the shortlist once again. The Norwegian did not play at the World Cup this summer, making it unlikely she will retain the gong, with USA's Megan Rapinoe the bookmakers favourite to land the award.




Ballon d'Or shortlists:


Men:


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).



Women:


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 Veenendal (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)


When and where is the ceremony?


The ceremony will take place at Theatre du Chatelet in Paris on Monday, the 2nd of December at 7:30 pm GMT/1 am IST (Early Tuesday morning).


Where to watch it live?


France Football live-streamed the awards ceremony in 2018 and is expected to do so again for this year's edition, which is expected to begin at around 5:30 p.m. GMT.