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Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Brazilian Neymar
Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Brazilian Neymar are contenders for the world footballer of the year Reuters

Barcelona's Lionel Messi, Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo and Brazilian Neymar are the three contenders for the world footballer of the year award at 2015 Ballon d'Or gala in Zurich.

Where to watch live

The Gala will start at 5.30pm GMT. Live coverage of the event will be on British Eurosport and streamed via


Lionel Messi will look to cap another remarkable 12 months by being crowned the world footballer of the year for a fifth time. Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo and Barcelona teammate Neymar represent his main rivals for the Ballon'Or prize but the Argentine is the firm favourite to scoop the illustrious prize.

In 2015, Messi was the linchpin of a Barca side which swept aside all before them in winning the treble for a second time. Part of the most formidable attacking triumphant in world football, the 28-year-old returned to his very best after a lean 2014.

After claiming the prize in successive years, Ronaldo has endured a disappointing year during which Real went through two different managers and failed to win a major trophy. The Portugal winger did net a remarkable 57 goals in all competitions, but the reality is he was unable to match the standards he had set the two years previous.

Neymar is the third contender for the award and though he may be overlooked this term, his route to the summit of global football continued with a remarkable year with Barcelona. Combining with Messi and Luis Suarez, Neymar was often the stand-out figure and his goal in the Champions League final was pivotal in Barcelona's pursuit of the treble.

Other awards

Fifa Women's World Player of the Year - nominees: Carli Lloyd, Aya Miyama, Celia Sasic

Men's World Coach - nominees: Pep Guardiola (Bayern Munich), Luis Enrique (Barcelona), Jorge Sampaoli (Chile)

Women's World Coach - nominees: Jill Ellis, Mark Sampson, Norio Sasaki

Puskas Award - nominees: Alessandro Florenzi (vs Barcelona), Wendell Lira (vs Goianesia), Lionel Messi (vs Atletico Madrid)

Fifa Fifpro World XI: Best eleven players in the world, as voted for by fellow players.

Fifa Fair Play Award: Commends people or institutions for fair play.

Betting odds (William Hill)

FIFA Ballon d'Or

Lionel Messi: 1/33

Cristiano Ronaldo: 20/1

Neymar: 10/1