France Football magazine will reveal the winner of the top award at 8pm French time (20:00 CET) on Monday December 12. In recent years, FIFA and @francefootball had jointly presented the award in Zurich every January. However, France Football have now taken back the award and the winner will be announced simultaneously with @lequipe

According to media, Ronaldo remains the favourite to win the award after Real Madrid won the Champions League and his Portugal side Euro 2016 over the summer, although He did n't had any impact on the Euro final where Eder scored the winning goal.

Messi had 90 goals and assists (58 goals , 32 assists) in the calendar year 2016, while cristiano has 68 (51 goals and 17 assists) this year. But it seems individual performance by Lionel Messi will be over shadowed by the Portugal and Real Madrid's success.

Luiz Suarez who won the Golden Boot Award for the top goalscorer in Europe last season, did not think he will win as he is 'not marketable enough' to beat Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo to the top prize.