Debate about who should win the 2018 Ballon d'Or has largely focused on Kylian Mbappe, Luka Modric, Antoine Griezmann, Mohamed Salah, and how Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are not really in the frame following a 10-year duopoly of the iconic award.
The 33-year-old has already lost two major awards to his former teammate Luka Modric earlier this year.
Ronaldo is reported to be runner-up with World Cup victor Antoine Griezmann third in the voting.
Ronaldo and Messi have dominated the award for the last decade, claiming it five times each, but the expectation is that a new name will be read out as this year's victor at just after 02.30 IST at the Grand Palais, just off the Champs-Elysees.
Defenders are often overlooked when it comes to individual accolades, with Italy World Cup winning captain Fabio Cannavaro the last to win the Ballon d'Or in 2006.
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FIFA's official YouTube channel might also show the live coverage of the Ballon d'Or ceremony.
But perhaps the lack of one standout French candidate has cleared the path for Modric, who heroically helped drag his country to the World Cup final before being beaten by France in Moscow.
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The 2018 Ballon d'Or victor will be announced by France Football on Monday 3rd December.
When does the Ballon d'Or ceremony start? They claim that the Croat will round up what has been a stellar year for him, during which he won the FIFA World Cup Golden Ball, UEFA Player of the Year, and FIFA Player of the year award.