The Ballon d'Or has been awarded by France Football every year since 1956, with former England worldwide Sir Stanley Matthews the first victor.
What is the Ballon d'Or?
The award ceremony takes place on December 3.
The list is compiled by the editorial staff of France Football magazine following which journalists from all over the world vote for the best player in the world.
For six years it combined with world football's governing body to become the Fifa Ballon d'Or.
The bookies are still tipping Real Madrid maestro Luka Modric to scoop the award after an impressive year that saw him win another Champions League title, as well as inspire Croatia to the World Cup final.