WORLD football will gather to crown its best players once again as the Ballon d’Or returns following a Covid hiatus.
The prestigious ceremony was cancelled last year as the pandemic raged with no awards dished out for the first time in 64 years.
Leo Messi has won a record six awards[/caption]
But organisers France Football have confirmed this year’s bash will take place on November 29 live from the Chatelet Theatre in Paris.
Leo Messi is the latest recipient of the men’s award having produced yet another stellar season for Barcelona in 2019.
The award put the Argentina great top of the pile with six individual wins, ahead of rival Cristiano Ronaldo on five.
Premier League interest is likely to come in the shape of Chelsea and Italy star Jorginho.
The midfielder has been tipped following a stand-out year in which he won the Champions League and Euro 2020.
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The women’s award will be given out for just the third time this year.
Chelsea legend Didier Drogba and presenter Sandy Heribert are set to host the awards as gongs for the best young player and best goalkeeper are also given out.
Shortlists for the awards will be revealed on October 9.