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Who will win the Ballon d'Or in 2016? Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann battle for award

Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are once again up for the award. Photo: Reuters

The winner of the Ballon d'Or will be announce of Monday in Paris, with many expecting Cristiano Ronaldo to pick up the prize for the fourth time.

Real Madrid forward Ronaldo won't be in attendance, as he will be with his team-mates in Japan preparing for the Club World Cup.

Long-term rival Lionel Messi is also up for the award, along with Atletico Madrid talisman Antoine Griezmann.

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Cristiano Ronaldo

Even by Ronaldo's high standards, it's been an incredible year for the former Manchester United star. He's scored 48 goals in 52 appearances for club and country.

Thanks to his exploits Real Madrid lifted the Champions League in May, before going on to lead Portugal to an unlikely European Championship title in France.

Cristiano Ronaldo won Euro 2016. Credit: PA

Lionel Messi

Barcelona's mesmeric forward collected the Ballon d'Or last year, but is set to miss out on this occasion.

By his own standards, he has fallen somewhat below his usual high achievements. His 41 goals helped Barcelona to a league and cup double, but he failed to inspire Argentina in the Copa America and was knocked out of the Champions League in the quarter-finals.

Antoine Griezmann is also up for the award. Credit: PA

Antoine Griezmann

Atletico Madrid's Griezmann was the nearly man on 2016, as he lost out in the Champions League and European Championship finals.

His goals were a key reason why the well-organised Atletico reached the final in Milan, only to lose on penalties to arch rivals Real.

Griezmann would hten go on to become the top goalscorer at Euro 2016, but once again fell short on the biggest stage, as Portugal lifted the trophy thanks to a 1-0 win.