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Ballon d’Or 2017 time: What TV channel is it on, can I live stream it and who is on the shortlist?

CLUB trophies are not handed out in December, but one of the biggest player accolades on offer is determined. The Ballon d’Or, considered by many as the ultimate prize for an individual, is a…

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CLUB trophies are not handed out in December, but one of the biggest player accolades on offer is determined.

The Ballon d’Or, considered by many as the ultimate prize for an individual, is awarded to the best player Europe.

This year’s glitzy ceremony will take place in Paris, and ahead of the bash here is everything you need to know ahead of the event.

Cristiano Ronaldo is hoping to win the coveted prize for a fifth time

AFP – Getty 2 Cristiano Ronaldo is hoping to win the coveted prize for a fifth time

When is the Ballon d’Or?

The Ballon d’Or will be held in the French capital on Thursday, December 7.

It kicks-off at 6.45pm GMT, 7.45pm local time.

The arrivals usually start to rock up a few hours before, so keep your eyes peeled for snaps of football’s royalty and their stunning partners on SunSport’s dedicated live blog.

Cristiano Ronaldo speaks after winning the Ballon d’Or 2016

What TV channel is it on or is their a live stream?

Unfortunately, no UK broadcasters have announced plans to screen the event yet.

Presently, it will only be available in France.

News outlet L’Equipe’s dedicated TV channel will be screening all the coverage.

Lionel Messi has won the Ballon d'Or five times in the last nine years

Getty Images – Getty 2 Lionel Messi has won the Ballon d’Or five times in the last nine years

Is Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi the favourite for the Ballon d’Or?

There are seven men from the Premier League in the running for this year’s award.

However, the winner is set to be out of old foes Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

The duo have dominated the award since 2008, with Barca star Messi winning five compared to the Portuguese forward’s four – the Real Madrid man winning it 12 months ago.

And after helping Los Blancos to the La Liga title and retaining the Champions League, Ronaldo is the favourite once again to claim the crown.

Here’s the shortlist in full for who is in the running this time:

The Ballon d’Or shortlist

Neymar – Paris Saint-Germain

N’Golo Kante – Chelsea

Luka Modric – Real Madrid

Paulo Dybala – Juventus

Marcelo – Real Madrid 

Edin Dzeko – Roma

Harry Kane – Tottenham

David De Gea – Manchester United

Robert Lewandowski – Bayern Munich

Kevin De Bruyne – Manchester City

Karim Benzema – Real Madrid

Pierre-Emerick Aubemyang – Borussia Dortmund

Edinson Cavani – Paris Saint-Germain

Lionel Messi – Barcelona

Mats Hummels – Bayern Munich

Philippe Coutinho – Liverpool

Luis Suarez – Barcelona

Jan Oblak – Atletico Madrid

Sergio Ramos – Real Madrid

Dries Mertens – Napoli

Radamel Falcao – Monaco

Sadio Mane – Liverpool

Gianluigi Buffon – Juventus

Antoine Griezmann – Atletico Madrid

Toni Kroos – Real Madrid

Cristiano Ronaldo – Real Madrid

Eden Hazard – Chelsea 

Leonardo Bonucci – AC Milan

Isco – Real Madrid 

Kylian Mbappe – Paris Saint-Germain

Who will host and present the Ballon d’Or award?

The ceremony usually has one of the former greats of the game hosting it.

And this year will be no different.

Former French international and Tottenham and Newcastle winger David Ginola is the man chosen to present it this time.

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How is the Ballon d’Or decided?

The award is on behalf of France Football magazine.

The illustrious prize is selected by a group of 173 journalists from across the globe.

Unfortunately, fans will not be able to have their say.

 

 

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Bayern Munich insist they will not recall Renato Sanches from his Swansea hell next month

BAYERN MUNICH have zero interest in recalling Renato Sanches back from his nightmare loan spell at Swansea next month. The 20-year-old Portuguese midfielder arrived in South Wales to huge fanfare i…

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BAYERN MUNICH have zero interest in recalling Renato Sanches back from his nightmare loan spell at Swansea next month.

The 20-year-old Portuguese midfielder arrived in South Wales to huge fanfare in August as Paul Clement appeared to have pulled off quite the coup.

 Bayern Munich have no interest in recalling Renato Sanches from his Swansea nightmareReuters Bayern Munich have no interest in recalling Renato Sanches from his Swansea nightmare

But the promising youngster has endured a horrible time of it at the Liberty Stadium and has been dropped to the bench in recent weeks.

Bayern boss Jupp Heynckes has no intention of bringing Sanches back to Bavaria next month.

He told Bild: “I assume that Hasan Salihamidzic [Sporting Director] talked to him on the phone.

“I’m surprised. I’m not worried about getting him back to Bayern.

 The Portugal international has endured a horrible time in South WalesReuters The Portugal international has endured a horrible time in South Wales  But Bayern insist they will not be bringing him back to GermanyAP:Associated Press But Bayern insist they will not be bringing him back to Germany

“You also have to see if that makes sense. In midfield, we have no need.”

It is a nightmare situation for the man who won the Golden Boy award last year after helping Portugal to win Euro 2016.

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Swansea are bottom of the table and face a trip to a rejuvenated Everton side this evening.

Sanches has only completed 90 minutes twice for the Swans in the Premier League and was completely left out of the squad for the win over West Brom and the defeat to Manchester City.

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Douvan: When will Douvan race next? All the latest news as Willie Mullins’ chaser is ruled out of the season

DOUVAN will not run again this season reports trainer Willie Mullins. The brilliant chaser has not been seen since being defeated at the 2017 Cheltenham Festival and he will not be seen in action t…

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DOUVAN will not run again this season reports trainer Willie Mullins.

The brilliant chaser has not been seen since being defeated at the 2017 Cheltenham Festival and he will not be seen in action this season either.

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 Douvan finished down the field at Cheltenham on his last startGetty Images Douvan finished down the field at Cheltenham on his last start

Who is Douvan?

Douvan is a seven-year-old thoroughbred racehorse who has already won eight Grade 1 races in his career.

He has twice been a Cheltenham Festival hero, winning the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle back in 2015 and the Arkle Chase in 2016.

Douvan lost his unbeaten record for Willie Mullins when beaten in the Champion Chase on his last start.

Who trains Douvan?

Douvan is trained by Willie Mullins in Ireland.

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Manchester City stars go bowling after stunning start to the season continued… as Gabriel Jesus wins the golden pin for first place

MANCHESTER CITY stars celebrated keeping up their hot start to the season, by going bowling. Gabriel Jesus was joined by Ederson and Fernandinho after Pep Guardiola’s men thumped Tottenham 4-…

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MANCHESTER CITY stars celebrated keeping up their hot start to the season, by going bowling.

Gabriel Jesus was joined by Ederson and Fernandinho after Pep Guardiola’s men thumped Tottenham 4-1 in the Premier League just 24 hours earlier.

 Gabriel Jesus went bowling with friends, including Fernandinho and Ederson, on Sunday nightEamonn and James Clarke Gabriel Jesus went bowling with friends, including Fernandinho and Ederson, on Sunday night  Man City star Gabriel Jesus took home the golden pin for coming in first place on Sunday eveningEamonn and James Clarke Man City star Gabriel Jesus took home the golden pin for coming in first place on Sunday evening

Brazilian star Jesus appeared to be just as on target in the lanes as well as on the pitch this season too.

The City star – who’s scored 12 goals this term for club and country – took home the “golden pin”, showing off yet another victory.

Compatriot Fernandinho came in second as the City trio enjoyed their Sunday evening out at All Star Lanes in Manchester with a group of pals.

Wrapped-up warm to avoid the bitter chill Jesus strolled proudly outside the bowling alley sporting his golden pin, while laughing with his friends.

 The City stars and friends were enjoying All Star Lanes in Manchester on Sunday nightEamonn and James Clarke The City stars and friends were enjoying All Star Lanes in Manchester on Sunday night  Fernandinho appeared to come in second after clutching the silver pin on the way outEamonn and James Clarke Fernandinho appeared to come in second after clutching the silver pin on the way out

Following yet another big win, City appear to have one hand on the Premier League trophy already.

On the win, boss Guardiola revealed his side are so good, he wouldn’t have even made the starting XI in his prime.

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When asked if he could break into the current City team, the Spaniard revealed: “No way. Fernandinho is much, much better.”

But Guardiola is being realistic, quashing claims they could emulate Arsenal’s “Invincibles” season of 2003-04.

Manchester City 4-1 Tottenham: Kevin De Bruyne runs the show in dominant win as Raheem Sterling nets brace and Gabriel Jesus misses penalty  24 hours earlier, Manchester City had just finished battering Tottenham 4-1 at the EtihadEamonn and James Clarke 24 hours earlier, Manchester City had just finished battering Tottenham 4-1 at the Etihad

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