The 2018 edition of the Ballon d'Or ceremony is set to be held on Tuesday, December 3 and the event will be taking place in the French capital of Paris.

When does it start and how to watch it

The ceremony is scheduled to start on at 7:45 pm local time, 12:15 am IST (Wednesday) and 6:45 pm GMT.

French news outlet L'Equipe's dedicated TV channel will be screening all the coverage. It will also be shown on the France Football's official website. FIFA's official YouTube channel might also show the live coverage of the Ballon d'Or ceremony.

Ballon d'Or 2018 preview

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Messi (R) and Ronaldo (L) greet each other at the FIFA Best award ceremony in October, 2017BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images

For the last ten years, the Ballon d'Or has been dominated by Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo with the pair winning it a record five times each. But having already won FIFA's version of the best male player of the year award, Luka Modric looks set to end this memorable streak tonight.

Modric has had a tremendous year for both club and country as he won the UEFA Champions League for a record third straight season with Real Madrid before going on to finish runners-up in the FIFA World Cup with Croatia.

While Messi has had a tremendous season himself, leading Barcelona to a domestic double (La Liga and Copa Del Rey), Argentina's failure in the World Cup has set him back.

While Ronaldo had a better World Cup than Messi, his teammate Modric edges him out because Croatia went deeper in the tournament.

Former Tottenham and France great David Ginola will host the Ballon d'Or 2018 awards ceremony.

Men's Nominees

Goalkeepers: Alisson Becker, Thibaut Courtois, Hugo Lloris, Jan Oblak 

Defenders: Diego Godin, Marcelo, Sergio Ramos, Raphael Varane

Midfielders: Luka Modric, N'Golo Kante, Kevin De Bruyne, Isco, Paul Pogba, Ivan Rakitic

Forwards: Sergio Aguero, Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema, Edinson Cavani, Cristiano Ronaldo, Roberto Firmino, Antoine Griezmann, Eden Hazard, Harry Kane, Mario Mandzukic, Sadio Mane, Kylian Mbappe, Lionel Messi, Neymar, Mohamed Salah, Luis Suarez

Women's Nominees

Lucy Bronze, Pernille Harder, Ada Hegerberg, Amandine Henry, Lindsey, Fran, Sam Kerr, Saki Kumagai, Amel Majri, Dzsenifer Marozsan, Marta, Lieke Martens, Megan Rapinoe, Wendie Renard, Christine Sinclair