Ronaldo is expected to lift a fifth Ballon d’Or at the Eiffel Tower tonight – equalling Lionel Messi’s record.

The Portugal star won it last year and after another stunning year – winning the Champions League and La Liga – is the hot favourite to win it again.

The ceremony is held in Paris this evening but stick with us as we bring you updates through the day.

Ballon d’Or leak!

10.00: Cristiano Ronaldo is set to win his fifth Ballon d’Or tonight – after leaked images emerged of celebration boots.

Ronaldo is expected to pick up his fifth Ballon d’Or gong following his Champions League success.

He will draw level with great rival Lionel Messi on five awards, having also finished second on five occasions.

Pictures of a pair of Nike books have emerged with the wording ‘Quinto Triumfo’, or ‘fifth triumph’ inscribed on the heel and the years of each Ronaldo’s successes on the insole.

Messi focus

09.50: Lionel Messi has earned millions of pounds during his illustrious football career. But what is the Barcelona forward’s net worth?

Messi is widely considered to be one of the best footballers of all time. 

With five Ballon d’Ors and four Golden Boots to his name, the Barcelona star has cemented himself as one of the most-respected and highest paid athletes in the world. 

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Ronaldo focus

09.30: Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the top footballers in history – but how much is he worth?

Ronaldo is set to win his fifth Ballon d’or award in Paris tonight, equalling Lionel Messi’s record.

The Real Madrid star will go down in football history as one of the biggest stars in the game.

At 32 and having played for Manchester United and Real Madrid he has won four Champions League crowns and won the European Championship with Portugal in 2016.

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Welcome

09.00: Welcome to the Express Sport live blog for the 2017 Ballon d’Or ceremony.

Cristiano Ronaldo is expected to equal Lionel Messi’s record of five gongs tonight and will be presented with the award at the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

Ronaldo won the award last year and went on to win the Champions League and La Liga in 2017.

He has struggled domestically this year but became the first player to score in all six Champions League group games last night against Borussia Dortmund.

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