The 33-year-old has already lost two major awards to his former teammate Luka Modric earlier this year.
For the first time, France Football is also giving out a women's Ballon d'Or award in addition to the Kopa Trophy, named for French great Raymond Kopa and given to the world's best player under 21.
The last Frenchman to win the Ballon d'Or was Zinedine Zidane in 1998, on the back of France's World Cup victory on home soil that year.
The last player to win the prize apart from Messi and Ronaldo, was Kaka in December 2007. There are seven to name, one of whom finished third three years running.
This year, Barcelona's Messi is not even in the top three. And so, we round up what some of these leaks are saying so far, as to who will be crowned the victor of football's most prestigious personal award. Modric, meanwhile, received the World Cup Golden Ball as the tournament's best player and won the Champions League with Real Madrid.
The Ballon d'Or remains the peak, but it will bring an end to the cycle.