From the 30-man shortlist, France Football provided a tense countdown of the world's top players - with Cristiano Ronaldo winning his fourth Ballon d'Or.
But, strangely, the announcement of the winner was not at the end - to provide further suspense, presumably because the winner was leaked, France Football ran through numbers five to two after announcing the Portuguese as the victor.
But, without further ado, here are the full results:
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Nominated on 30-man shortlist but received no votes

Sergio Aguero (Manchester City), Kevin de Bruyne (Manchester City), Paulo Dybala (Juventus), Diego Godin (Atletico Madrid), Gonzalo Higuain (Juventus), Andres Iniesta (Barcelona), Koke (Atletico Madrid), Hugo Lloris (Tottenham Hotspur), Thomas Muller (Bayern Munich), Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid)

Joint 17th

Luka Modric
Toni Kroos
Dimitri Payet

16th

Robert Lewandowski

Joint 14th

Paul Pogba
Arturo Vidal

13th

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

12th

Rui Patricio

11th

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Joint 9th

Gianluigi Buffon
Pepe

8th

Jamie Vardy

7th

Riyad Mahrez

6th

Gareth Bale

5th

Neymar

4th

Luis Suarez

3rd

Antoine Griezmann

2nd

Lionel Messi

1st

Cristiano Ronaldo
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